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Gender Studies: The Confessions of an Accidental Outlaw--Ajuan Mance in conversation with Ashby Combahee

Event date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Ajuan Mance in conversation with Ashby Combahee for a discussion of Gender Studies: The Confessions of an Accidental Outlaw. In Gender Studies: True Confessions of an Accidental Outlaw, Ajuan Mance gives comic treatment to the challenges, complexities, and occasional absurdity of life at the crossroads of race, gender, and geekiness. 

This graphic memoir answers important questions like: How many preschoolers have to mistake you for your dad before you actually start to forget your own name; if a Black girl is awful at double-dutch jump rope is it a reflection on her gender identity, racial identity, or both; and is viola player a gender or just a sexual orientation? Ajuan Mance’s comic confessions take up each of these questions and more, as it invites to share in those moments that mark the path of a gender explorer.

Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College in Oakland, California. A prolific artist and writer, Ajuan's books include LIVING WHILE BLACK (Chronicle Books) and 1001 BLACK MEN (Stacked Deck Press). Ajuan's new book, WHAT DO BROTHAS DO ALL DAY? (Chronicle Books), is her first picture book.


Ajuan’s illustrations and comics have also appeared in several anthologies, including, DRAWING POWER (Abrams Press), winner of the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Anthology. Her academic collections include INVENTING BLACK WOMEN and BEFORE HARLEM, both with the University of Tennessee Press. You can learn more about Ajuan at AjuanMance.com.

Ashby Combahee (s/he/they) is a Black queer memory worker from the South. She is a full-time librarian and archivist at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Ashby has worked on numerous community oral history projects, including Georgia Dusk: a southern liberation oral history, the New York Public Library Community Oral History Project, Black Women’s Blueprint Truth and Reconciliation Commission partnership with Threshold Collaborative, the Womanist Working Collective, and the Georgia Transgender Oral History Project. For Ashby, preserving and engaging collective memory is vital to sustaining impactful political movements. Using oral history as a catalyst for reflection and dialogue, Ashby believes that the most impactful learning opportunities develop by interrogating our lived experiences.

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Gender Studies: The Confessions of an Accidental Outlaw By Ajuan Mance Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781732638860
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rosarium Publishing - March 12th, 2024

What Do Brothas Do All Day? By Ajuan Mance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797215051
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - November 14th, 2023

Inspired by Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?, these joyous portraits of Black men engaged in everyday life celebrate the deep roots and rich cultures of African American communities.

Have you ever wondered . . .
What do brothas do all day?
Brothas drive. Brothas dance. Brothas work. Brothas listen.


Living While Black: Portraits of Everyday Resistance By Ajuan Mance Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781797216867
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - November 22nd, 2022

In homage to the radical power of art, Living While Black celebrates the small acts of resistance that comprise the daily lives of Black folks by presenting them in a series of vivid illustrations.

Laughing. Grieving. Being a kid.


Event Summary: 
In Gender Studies: True Confessions of an Accidental Outlaw, Ajuan Mance gives comic treatment to the challenges, complexities, and occasional absurdity of life at the crossroads of race, gender, and geekiness.