An Open Book Conversation with Rahnee Patrick and Grace Tsao

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Support CCAC and enjoy a virtual fireside conversation with activists Rahnee Patrick and Grace Tsao. They’ll discuss Alice Wong’s new book, Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life, and offer insight into what it takes to create spaces for disabled people to be in conversation with one another and the world. An audience Q&A portion will follow.

Details

Date and Time: Monday, December 5 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Central Time

Program Accessibility: CART and ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Cost: $25 admission

Platform: Zoom (link will be shared with registrants)

 

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[Image Description: Event Graphic reads, "CCAC Presents: An Open Book Conversation with Rahnee Patrick and Grace Tsao. Two disability activists discuss Alice Wong's Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life. 2022 Virtual Fundraiser. ASL. CC." Against a green background, photos of Rahnee and Grace frame the book cover for Year of the Tiger, which is centered. Rahnee Patrick wears a blue shirt. She has dark curly hair that is shoulder length. Grace Tsao is an Asian American woman with light/medium skin and long dark hair wearing a red velvet top, large gold hoop earrings, and a jade and pearl necklace. Book cover is set on a marigold yellow background. On the right side is an illustration of a crouching tiger in red in the style of Chinese paper cuttings with delicate cutouts in various shapes giving form and definition to the tiger. The tiger has a fierce expression, eyes and jaws wide open, teeth bared. The tiger has large paws with four claws extended. On the left in black large text YEAR OF THE TIGER at the top and ALICE WONG below. In the center in smaller red text AN ACTIVIST’S LIFE and in the lower right corner EDITOR OF DISABILITY VISIBILITY. Small, delicate red flowers are sprinkled throughout. Book cover by Madeline Partner. In the upper left corner of the event graphic is stamped the logo for CCAC, which is made up of multi-colored triangles arranged in a square. Stacked words adjacent to the design read CHICAGO CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY CONSORTIUM.]
[Image Description: Event Graphic reads, “CCAC Presents: An Open Book Conversation with Rahnee Patrick and Grace Tsao. Two disability activists discuss Alice Wong’s Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life. 2022 Virtual Fundraiser. ASL. CC.” Against a green background, photos of Rahnee and Grace frame the book cover for Year of the Tiger, which is centered. Rahnee Patrick wears a blue shirt. She has dark curly hair that is shoulder length. Grace Tsao is an Asian American woman with light/medium skin and long dark hair wearing a red velvet top, large gold hoop earrings, and a jade and pearl necklace. Book cover is set on a marigold yellow background. On the right side is an illustration of a crouching tiger in red in the style of Chinese paper cuttings with delicate cutouts in various shapes giving form and definition to the tiger. The tiger has a fierce expression, eyes and jaws wide open, teeth bared. The tiger has large paws with four claws extended. On the left in black large text YEAR OF THE TIGER at the top and ALICE WONG below. In the center in smaller red text AN ACTIVIST’S LIFE and in the lower right corner EDITOR OF DISABILITY VISIBILITY. Small, delicate red flowers are sprinkled throughout. Book cover by Madeline Partner. In the upper left corner of the event graphic is stamped the logo for CCAC, which is made up of multi-colored triangles arranged in a square. Stacked words adjacent to the design read CHICAGO CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY CONSORTIUM.]

 

Acquiring the Book

To better frame the featured conversation, we encourage you to read Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong in advance of the event. 

You can purchase a copy here.

 

Accessibility

ASL interpretation and Real-Time Captioning will be provided.

 

Admission

CCAC is committed to free programming and resources throughout the year. We need your help to continue this important work. Individual tickets are available for $25.

A limited number of free tickets are available for attendees who are unable to purchase them due to financial circumstances. 

If you would like to attend and need a complimentary ticket, please email your request to info@ChicagoCulturalAccess.org with the subject line Fundraiser Financial Access Request.

 

About the Author

Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant based in San Francisco, California. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. Alice is also the host and co-producer of the Disability Visibility podcast and co-partner in a number of collaborations such as #CripTheVote and Access Is Love. From 2013 to 2015, Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. You can follow her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf. For more: disabilityvisibilityproject.com.

 

About the Speakers

Rahnee Patrick, MA is the first Asian American and disabled Director of the Rehabilitation Services, a Division of the Illinois Department of Human Services. The oldest of four, Rahnee‘s US-born father is an Air Force veteran who met her mother, of Ubonratchathani, Thailand, during the Viet Nam Conflict. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) awarded Rahnee the Paul Hearne Award, as an emerging national leader. Rahnee is a proud aunt who lives with her spouse Mike Ervin in downtown Chicago with their two small dogs, Mao Mao and Roxy Pops.

Grace Tsao has spent her career working in higher education, non-profit, and state government. She has a B.S. in News-Editorial Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and an M.A. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago where her focus was on race, gender, and disability. Grace teaches social science online to undergraduate students and is the Chair and Advocacy Chair of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois.

Noa Fields (moderator) is a trans writer with hearing aids. She is the author of the poetry chapbook With, and has also been published in Tripwire, Anomaly, Zoeglossia, Elderly Mag, Tyger Quarterly, and Sixty Inches from Center, among others. She is the Events & Accessibility Coordinator at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and a 2022 fellow with Zoeglossia and Disability Lead. 

 


 

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Zoom Meeting Notes

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Accessibility

ASL Interpretation and Real-Time Captioning (with a streaming link option) will be provided. Please complete the accommodation request field found in the event registration path or call 773-203-5039 to request other access services, or to learn more about event accessibility.

Cost: $25 admission

While most CCAC programs are free, the $25 admission helps to cover programming costs to ensure CCAC’s mission is achievable and accessible to all. You may donate online anytime! Donations to CCAC are tax deductible. 

CCAC is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, PERT Foundation, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Michael and Mona Heath Fund, and individual donors like you. In addition, this program is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.