When she met him, Tanya Selvaratnam thought New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was her perfect match. But as time went on, Schneiderman became controlling, mean, and manipulative. In her new book, “Assume Nothing,” Selvaratnam chronicles how domestic violence took away her voice, how she managed to get it back, and her decision to use it to help other women find their way to freedom. In a conversation with contemporary artist and personal friend Carrie Mae Weems, Selvaratnam talks about how the social ecosystem in America needs an overhaul. “We need to chip away at the condition that normalizes the cycle of violence and chip away at the patriarchy.”
This conversation was held on March 11th by the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.
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