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Wonder, Weirdness And Writing About Animals at Goodman Community Center

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A headshot of journalist Sabrina Imbler.

The first thing I did when I finished Sabrina Imbler’s new book was run to Room of One’s Own and buy a second copy to share with friends. The book, How Far The Light Reaches, explores what it means to be a human—specifically, what it means to be a queer, Asian-American human—through Imbler’s memories and the lives of 10 sea creatures.

Imbler—who currently works the “creature beat” for Defector, combining deep scientific context with that publication’s spirit of zany obsession, and has also published work in The New York Times, Atlas Obscura, and The Atlantic—is coming to UW-Madison in late March as the Sharon Dunwoody Science Journalist in Residence. On March 30 at 6:30 p.m., they will participate in a panel discussion at the Goodman Community Center titled “Wonder, Weirdness And Writing About Animals.” Panelists will also include Stacy Forster, from the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Mary Magnuson, a graduate student who studies urban canids like coyotes and foxes.

Imbler’s work brings us into the deep at the time we need it most. So many beautiful possibilities for our collective future depend upon humans’ ability to recognize that every part of our world is alive and worthy of protection and celebration. In their writing, Imbler brings us face to face with mothering octopus arms reaching out to hold us, gooey salps that dance in community, feral goldfish that gobble up space when set free, and shows us how magnificent we really are.

If the panel at the Goodman Center is half as good as How Far The Light Reaches, everyone in attendance will leave transformed and ready to build expansive, loving communities in Madison and beyond.

Sam Harrington


March 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Goodman Community Center
214 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI United States
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