A Tale of Two Mothers

April 21, 2014

By Hanifa Barnes Scottsdale, AZ It is a beautiful afternoon in Scottsdale, AZ. The temperature will reach a high of 80 degrees, as a single mother of two prepares for a long-awaited interview. She knows that this opportunity could mean a positive turn for her family. This opportunity means that she could pay for...
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Beyond the Politics of Voting

April 15, 2014
Obama Rally, Manassas, VA, November 3, 2008

By Alexandra Moffett-Bateau   As a political scientist, during any given election year, I’m bombarded with questions about my assessment of the current electoral slate. The look of disappointment is always palatable when I tell folks that, that isn’t what I do. After all, what good is a black political scientist that doesn’t study...
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From Feminist Critique to Social Transformation: Lessons from Social Forum

April 8, 2014

By Rose M. Brewer A little over seven years ago, January 20-25, 2007, I was in Nairobi, Kenya at the World Social Forum.  For those unfamiliar with the forum, it is the global gathering of the world’s peoples, the dispossessed, genders, ethnicities, cultures, and regions.  The World Social Forum was established in 2001 in...
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Posted in Activism, Beyond Critique, Economy, Education, Health, History, Military, Politics, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, U.S., Violence, Women of Color, Work, World | 1 Comment »

Glenn McConnell and the College of Charleston: Hidden Histories and the Confederate Imagery

April 4, 2014
Protests at the College of Charleston.  From Professor Alison Piepmeier's blog:

By Jamie Huff South Carolina’s history as a former Confederate state engenders both resistance and refractory nostalgia. The recent decision to appoint Glenn McConnell as president of College of Charleston, a man known to wear a Confederate uniform, has sparked students, faculty, and staff to confront the state’s past support for slavery. It has...
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Mushy Carrots

March 18, 2014

Gaayathri Nair, "I have been integrated, assimilated, subsumed and transformed forever by the experience of growing up other. It is like a chemical reaction, both components are irreversibly changed by their interaction with each other." #personalIsPoliticalOnTFW
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Tribute to My Teacher and Friend Audre Lorde

February 27, 2014
Melinda Goodman and Audre Lorde
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By Melinda Goodman My writing is meant to be spoken out loud. My presence and the presence of the audience creates a sort of vibration that must be experienced live in order to achieve the fullest potential of the charge that comes from making a full connection. My teacher, Audre Lorde, understood and utilized...
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The Battle Against Misogyny at Spelman College

February 27, 2014
Banah Ghadbian

By Banah Gha As a student at Spelman College,  I want to share our story of activist organizing against misogyny, misogynoir, as Moya Bailey puts it, on our campus. This is a project of recording our stories, our traumas, our frustrations as the vibrant womxn* we are in this campus community. It is a...
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Reconciling Feeling and Thinking: A Call to Action in the Name of Difference

February 25, 2014
Rachel Edwards teaching
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By Rachel Edwards As a student in the first graduate class taught by Aishah Shahidah Simmons dedicated to the study of Audre Lorde’s life and work at Temple University in spring 2013, I read Sister Outsider, I Am Your Sister: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, and Zami:  A New Spelling of...
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Audre Speaks: Lordean Lessons for a White Man

February 25, 2014
Chris Rupertus teaching Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar
copyright: Bill Avington

By Chris Rupertus The very first thing I say to my seniors on the very first day of the semester is this: “I have a secret about myself I want to share with you.” Then I peek out the classroom door to make sure no one is eavesdropping, adopt a sheepish expression, and lower...
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The Forging of a Caribbean Feminist Consciousness: Laying Claim to Audre Lorde’s Legacy

February 24, 2014
Audre Lorde
copyright: Dagmar Schultz

By Donna Aza Weir-Soley Mothers are central to our identities.  Even those of us who do not claim motherhood as central to how we define ourselves as women, know how powerful a presence our mothers are in our lives, sometimes by their presence, and often by their absence. Not all mothers are birth mothers....
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