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The Audre Lorde Power Workshop Series, a Reading & Discussion program at Lewis Latimer House Museum
November 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
One event on October 24, 2020 at 2:30 pm
One event on November 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm
One event on November 21, 2020 at 2:30 pm
One event on December 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm
The Audre Lorde Power Workshop Series
In this series of workshops, we will take a look at the work of Audre Lorde and her view of language and storytelling as powerful technologies for self-empowerment. Each day of the series will begin with a discussion of excerpts from her books followed by a writing prompt inspired by the texts we read.
SESSION 1. Power: The Poetry of Audre Lorde
In this workshop, we will read Lorde’s “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” and selected poems from Lorde’s collections of poetry, Between Ourselves and The Black Unicorn, to discuss how poetry is a tool to interrogate our concepts of power.
SESSION 2. Language As a Technology of Self-Revelation and Community Building
Using Lorde’s essay, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” we will discuss how the power of naming grounds one’s presence and allows connections to form with others for the purpose of activism. Read The Audre Lorde Questionnaire to Oneself by Divya Victor, which will be used as prompts in the workshop: https://divyavictor.com/the-audre-lorde-questionnaire-to-oneself/
SESSION 3. Sisterhood as InterNet: Queering Human Relationships
How do we rethink our social relationships outside the confines of a patriarchal, heteronormative society? We will read excerpts from Lorde’s essays from Sister Outsider, “Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving,” “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” and “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” to discuss the expansive knowledge within a decentralized, intersectional, diverse community.
SESSION 4. Reinventing the Sacred Text: Audre Lorde and Biomythography
To whom do I owe the symbols of my survival? We will read excerpts from Lorde’s biomythography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name,” and discuss how grounding ourselves in our cultural mythologies as well as creating our own gives a sacredness to our lives, and creates codes for us to make ourselves in our images.
SESSION 5. Women of Color and Systems of Health
In this last workshop, we will talk about the lessons learned from Lorde’s previous work and read excerpts from The Cancer Journals, “Breast Cancer: A Black Lesbian Feminist Experience'” and “Breast Cancer: Power vs. Prosthesis” to discuss how women of color create their own spaces for self-care, often within neglectful and dehumanizing health care systems.