Written by: Sara Kugler
Tulane University’s Audre Lorde Week in New Orleans is an opportunity to come together to “develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change.” Like the work of Lorde herself, the experiences planned for the week combine critical analysis and love, lyricism and research, as well as struggle and collaboration
(1) to address the ways in which inequity, bias, discrimination, alienation, and violence undermine our individual, collective and planetary health and
(2) to develop holistic analyses and strategies for fueling well-being, justice, and positive social change.
Central to the week’s events will be a consideration of how students, researchers, faculty, staff, and communities can create meaningful, reciprocal, accountable, and thriving relationships within the context of racism, sexism, heteronormativity, economic disparity, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and town/gown divides. Admission to all events is free and open to the public!
All Events Are Free and Public
Monday, February 3 (6:30pm, LBC: 203)
“The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde” This documentary by Jennifer Abod explores the work of Audre Lorde. (60 Minutes) Sponsored by Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CELT)
Tuesday, February 4 (6:30pm, Rogers Memorial Chapel)
Silence, Fear and Sacred Power: An AfroLez®femcentric Meditation by Aishah Shahidah Simmons in the 80th Birthday Anniversary of Our Audre Lorde. Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist. At Temple University she teaches under/graduate courses on the work of Audre Lorde. Sponsored by Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CELT)
Wednesday, February 5 (6:30pm, LBC: 203)
No! The Rape Documentary
A documentary by Aishah Shahidah Simmons followed by Q&A with director/producer. This award-winning, internationally-acclaimed documentary explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. Sponsored by Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CELT)
Thursday, February 6 (9am-6pm, LBC: Qatar Ballroom)
Student Exhibition of Work Inspired by Audre Lorde
This day-long exhibition will include panels, paper presentations, art displays, short film screenings, performances and more to highlight the work that Tulane students are producing at the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. It is 100% student-led, organized, and moderated. Sponsored by the Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), Black Student Union (bSU), and Vagina Monologues
My Black is Beautiful (Thursday 6pm, LBC: Stibbs) Details TBA
Friday, February 7 (noon, Caroline Richardson Building)
Luncheon with Deon Haywood, Founder of Women with a Vision. This special Fridays at Newcomb will feature Deon Haywood, the Executive Director of Women With A Vision (WWV). WWV is New Orleans-based community organization founded in 1991 to improve the lives of marginalized women at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, and criminalization. In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of WWAV’s NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana’s 203-yr-old “crime against nature” felony-level law, which resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Newcomb College Institute (NCI)
Audre Lorde Week is co-sponsored by Tulane University’s Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CELT), Newcomb College Institute (NCI), Black Student Union (tBSU), Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), and the Vagina Monologues. For more information contact: OGSD at 504-314-2183.