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Announcing School of Our Lorde 2010!!!!!

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School of Our Lorde: Poetics, Pedagogy and Political Practice

The School of Our Lorde is comprised of 3 weekly evening sessions that allow participants to deeply engage and build on the work of Audre Lorde as transmitted through the committed (obsessive) research of Alexis Pauline Gumbs on the poetics, teaching practices and political implications of Audre Lorde’s work (and to enjoy delicious local desserts together) on Thursday evenings.  Participants will also get coursepacks with some exclusive and unpublished materials on/by Lorde.  Participants can choose to participate in one 3 week semester or the entire 3 month process. No one who completes an application and can attend will be turned away.

February-

Poetics: Audre Lorde is best known as a warrior poet.  In February, School of Our Lorde participants will get a change to deeply engage Lorde’s poetry (with the benefit of Lex’s archival research on her revisions) and write their own poetry.  We will meet over dessert on Thursday February 4th, 11th and 18th (Audre’s b-day!!!!) and the poets will perform their own new or transformed work at a community reading on Saturday February 20th.

Apply for the poetics course here:  School of Our Lorde Poetics Application (pdf version)

School of Our Lorde Poetics Application

email applications to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com or drop them off at the Inspiration Station (email for directions)

March-

Pedagogy: Not everyone knows that Audre Lorde was breaking down the masters house by being a master teacher and librarian.  Do you teach students armed and ready to text message? Well Audre Lorde taught John Jay College of Criminal Justice students who wore loaded guns to class as part of their uniform!!!  Participants in this session will get to see Audre Lorde’s syllabi, and course evaluations, practice their own interpretations of her teaching methods and transform the meaning of education.  Participants also get to help design and facilitate the Audre Lorde Survival School.  We will meet over dessert on Thursday March 4, 11, and 18th.

Apply for the pedagogy course here:School of Our Lorde Pedagogy Application (pdf version)

School of Our Lorde Pedagogy Application (doc version)

email applications to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com or drop them off at the Inspiration Station (email for directions)

April-


Politics: With a strong emphasis on Lordeian Economics (that’s right!) this unit will allow participants to examine the creative power of difference in practice in community.  Participants will learn about Lorde’s diasporic politics of solidarity, and her critical perspective on Black feminist socialist organizing in 1980’s.  Participants will witness and process the impact of the Safe in Our Streets Durham events of April 16th  created by SpiritHouse and the Durham Harm Free Zone and design action plans.

Apply for the politics course here:  School of Our Lorde Politics Application (pdf version)

School of Our Lorde Politics Application (doc version)

email applications to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com or drop them off at the Inspiration Station (email for directions)

May

Publishing:

Audre Lorde also learned a lot from struggles with homophobia and gender oppression in the Black Arts Publishing movement and racism in the Feminist publishing movements.  She was instrumental in creating Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press and Winds of Change Press in St. Croix.  This course will allow participants to learn from Audre Lorde’s lessons and to experiment with the contemporary modes of publication practiced by BrokenBeautiful Press, including anarchist self-publishing, podcasting, online pdf publishing, diy fashion and video blogging! We will meet on Thursday May 6th, 13th and 20th.

Apply for the School of Our Lorde Publishing Course here: School of Our Lorde Publishing Application (pdf version)

doc version:  School of Our Lorde Publishing Application

email applications to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com or drop them off at the Inspiration Station (email for directions)

Believe in intergenerational Black Feminist community education and want all sorts of great ancestral blessings and kisses?  Donate dessert or name a sliding scale scholarship ($150-200 for a particular unit or $400-500 for the whole curriculum) after someone you love!  Email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com to make it happen!

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