Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Simon Tam among featured speakers at "Spitting Fire: An Evening with Friends," July 27 (online) at Pitt.

Simon Tam is among the featured speakers at "Spitting Fire: An Evening with Friends" on July 27, part of the online 2021 Diversity Forum at the University of Pittsburgh.
Join your fellow Forum attendees and a lineup of artists from Pittsburgh and beyond for a celebration of creativity as a source of joy, resistance, and community. The evening kicks off with remarks by Simon Tam of The Slants and includes performances by musicians INEZ and Brittney Chantele, poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Jubi Arriola-Headley, multidisciplinary artist Bria Walker, and writer Hannah Eko. Creativity is for everyone, so the evening will also feature an open mic session where you can share your creative spark through spoken word, music, or performance.
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Simon Tam is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. He helped expand civil liberties for minorities by winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case, Matal v. Tam, in 2017. He also leads The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit that supports arts and activism projects for underrepresented communities.
The event starts at 7:00 pm; it's free and open to the public, but registration is required.