Join us for this very special interview of Chicago artist and author of Golem Girl: A Memoir (2020), Riva Lehrer. Golem Girl lyrically details Lehrer's life with spina bifida while asking "what do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy and what becomes possible when embrace monstrosity."
“Golem Girl is luminous; a profound portrait of the artist as a young—and mature—woman; an unflinching social history of disability over the last six decades; and a hymn to life, love, family, and spirit.”—David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas
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Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer, and curator whose work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people with impairments, and those whose sexuality or gender identity have long been stigmatized. A longtime faculty member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Riva Lehrer is currently an instructor in medical humanities at Northwestern University.
Lawrence Weschler, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Chicago Humanities Festival, was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award (1998). His most recent book is And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?
(Detail of photo by Shterna Goldbloom)