SLANTED: Stories and Songs with Simon Tam and The Slants

Northeastern Law’s Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) invites you to
SLANTED: Stories and Songs with Simon Tam and The Slants

Thursday, Oct 26, 2023 | 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street, Boston, Massachusetts

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When Simon Tam started an Asian American dance rock band called The Slants, he didn’t realize that he was starting an entire movement around freedom of expression and discussions on identity. The band flipped stereotypes with their bombastic live shows and community activism. But when Simon applied to register a trademark on the band’s name, the government dragged him all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

This is the story of an indomitable spirit who so believes in the idea of justice that he’s willing to risk everything along the way for the dignity of self-identity. Simon shares a deeply personal account that will take you from punk rock stages to the Supreme Court, all in the name of justice. The story provides a raw look at our legal system with unflinching honesty and offers timely insights on freedom of speech, how to connect with others we disagree with, and the power of art.

Enjoy this presentation of stories and songs that will have you on the edge of your seat. Gripping, funny, enlightening and ultimately uplifting, this story proves that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer — as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American.

The event will be followed by a signing of Simon Tam’s memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, which was named “One of the Best Books on the Constitution of All Time” by Book Authority.

With thanks to our co-sponsor:

Oct 26, 2023

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm