Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo

Past Event: Thursday, January 25, 2018

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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Women You Need to Know

This event is sold out. We will sell standby the night of the event. Tickets are $40, cash preferred. Join us for the Seattle launch of Ijeoma Oluo’s second book, So You Want to Talk About Race.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based author, speaker, active feminist and internet yeller. Oluo embodies a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive and hyper-charged issues in America.

Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in NY Magazine, Jezebel, TIME, the Seattle Globalist, the Guardian, among others—her April 2017 interview with Rachel Dolezal for The Stranger, titled “The Heart of Whiteness,” quickly went viral after its publication and was called a “must-read” by TIME. No stranger to SAL events, Oluo has appeared on SAL stages as a Q&A moderator for our 2016/17 Women You Need to Know event with Roxane Gay and as a storyteller in our 2016/17 The Moth MainStage event.

Oluo’s forthcoming book, So You Want to Talk About Race (January 2018), is an accessible and actionable take on the racial landscape in contemporary America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday white Americans.

Oluo is the Editor-At-Large of The Establishment, a media platform both run and funded by women, and she is the author of the first and second volumes of The Badass Feminist Coloring Book (2015), featuring celebratory essays on modern-day feminists. She earned her degree in Political Science from Western Washington University in 2007 and is the mother of two boys.

Selected Works:

Non-fiction
So You Want to Talk About Race (2018)

Essays
“The Heart of Whiteness” (2017) The Stranger
“White People: I want you to understand yourselves better” (2017)The Establishment
“I understand why people believe sexual predators before victims. I did” (2015) – the Guardian

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go

Program

Ijeoma Oluo will discuss her first book So You Want to Talk About Race. The event will be moderated by Seattle-based author and social justice activist, Lola E. Peters.

 

Books

Third Place Books will have copies of So You Want to Talk About Race and related titles available for purchase at their table in the lobby.

 

Book-Signing

There will be a book-signing onstage following this event.

 

 Grand Patron & Patron Reception from 6:30–7:15 at the Musicquarium!

Grand Patron and Patron ticket holders, join us for a chance to meet Ijeoma Oluo at the pre-event reception at The Triple Door’s Musiquarium. The Musicquarium is located just across the street from Benaroya Hall off the corner of 3rd Ave. and Union St. Mingle and enjoy light bites and wine thanks to the Triple Door and Wild Ginger. The reception will take place from 6:30–7:15.

 

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Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.


By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Click here for more information about accessibility and ADA services at Benaroya Hall.

Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.