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Audre Lorde Now: A Community Read-in for Our Survival Event series - Spring 2021

Audre Lorde Now: A Community Read-in for Our Survival

In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the Presidential Task Force on Racial Equity at Hunter College will sponsor an event series focusing on the work of Audre Lorde, who famously described herself as a Black lesbian feminist mother warrior poet.

For more information on the Audre Lorde Now event series click here.

A global icon of antiracism and feminism, art and activism, Lorde (1934-1992), was both an alumna and a Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College.

“Audre Lorde Now” is a participatory event series in which members of the Hunter community will meet virtually to discuss a selection of poems and essays, mostly from Lorde’s canonical text, Sister Outsider, using them to reflect on our lives, our communities, our institution and our society. This series offers Lorde’s poetry and prose for our active use as we confront racism, form communities across our differences, and struggle against threats to our individual and collective health. The overarching theme of the series is “survival”, a cornerstone of Lorde’s philosophy. In view of the dual pandemics of Covid and anti-Black racism, survival is also the central preoccupation of our times.

Thursday Feb 18, 5:30 pm. Audre Lorde in Context
Film Screening: “A Litany for Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde

Tuesday Feb 23, 6:00 pm. “To suppress any truth is to give it more power”: How can we overcome our fear of speaking up and out about racism--and other “isms”?

Wednesday March 10, 6:00 pm “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” How do we avoid the trap of “divide and rule”?

Tuesday March 23, 6:00 pm. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” What are the everyday threats to our health and how do we affirm the value of our lives by practicing radical self-care?

Friday April 9, 6:00 pm. Closing Celebration
A student read-in of Lorde’s poetry and presentation of their own poetry, prose, artwork or video on the theme of “Audre Lorde Now”. Cash prizes for the best submissions.

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