UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is putting on an Audre Lorde fall festival this week in Vancouver to celebrate and explore the work of the noted black feminist activist and poet.
On Wednesday, October 15 from 4:00 -5:00 p.m., Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be speaking at UBC. Gumbs, founder of School of Our Lorde in Durham, North Carolina, is “a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, an afro-antillean grandchild and a time traveler/space cadet. Alexis was also the first researcher to work with Audre Lorde’s manuscript archives. She has published widely on the transnational and intergenerational impact of Audre Lorde and what she calls a Lordean ethic.” RSVPs are required as space is limited.
On Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., come out to the Vancity Theatre to see the Vancouver premiere screening of Audre Lorde, The Berlin Years – 1984 to 1992. Producer/Director Dagmar Schultz will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. Schultz received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and taught in the US until 1973. She is a retired professor from the Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Schultz was active in the civil rights and women’s movements in the US. She was a co-founder of the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Berlin. She also co-founded Orlanda Women’s Press and was its publisher until 2001. She co-produced the film “Hope in My Heart. The May Ayim Story” in 2007.
Advance screening tickets are sold out, but you can come to the theatre on Thursday and join the line for no-show tickets. The organizers expect to be able to accommodate extra attendees.