Susan Faludi Presents: "The Darkroom of Identity"
Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN
When feminist writer Susan Faludi learned that her seventy-six-year-old father (a Holocaust survivor)—long estranged and living in Hungary—had undergone sex reassignment surgery, the revelation would launch her on an extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When Faludi travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful—and virulent—nationhood. Faludi’s struggle to come to grips with her father’s metamorphosis takes her across borders—historical, political, religious, sexual—to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you “choose,” or is it the very thing you can’t escape?
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, and The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America. Her most recent book, In the Darkroom, a memoir on her transgender father and a meditation on identity in its many forms, won the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction.
Sponsors include the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German & European Studies, Creative Writing Program and the Edelstein-Keller Endowment, Department of English, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication