Tulane University's Audre Lorde Days offer multiple opportunities during spring semester for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to "develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change." These may include academic lectures, workshops, concerts, comedy, or other experiences and are held throughout spring semester.
Admission to all events is always free and open to the public.
Like the work of Lorde herself, the experiences 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 all events will be a consideration for 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.
This series is sponsored by the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, along with multiple campus collaborators such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and various student organizations. If your department or organization is planning an event which would fit the parameters of Audre Lorde Days, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss collaboration and co-sponsorship.
Spring 2019 Events
All events are also listed on the Tulane University Events Calendar
Cosponsored by OGSD, Campus Health, Africana Studies, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Kevin B. Yorn Fund, QSA, AAWS, PHUSG, and FIT.
Monday, April 8, 2019 | 7:00pm | Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
A talk drawing attention to the ways in which black femme and queer/trans people of color (QTPOC) living with chronic illness navigate a healthcare industry complicit in white supremacist power structures.
Bio: Ericka Hart(she/they) is an activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker and award-winning sexuality educator with a Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications including Vogue, Paper Mag, Washington Post, Allure, Huffington Post, BBC News, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Elle, Essence, Fader, Refinery 29, and is the face of three running PSAs on the television channel VICELAND. Ericka’s voice is rooted in leading edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex positivity. Ericka is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, a Sagittarius and calls Brooklyn and several plant babies (one of which is named Whitney Houston) home.
No Lye Comedy
Cosponsored by FAST, QSA, and OGSD
Monday, April 1, 2019 | 8:00pm | City Diner, Lavin-Bernick Center
It may be April Fool's Day, but this is no joke! No Lye Comedy is a New Orleans-based collective of black female comedians who are building a diverse comedy community of color. And trying to take over the world!
New Orleans native Ashleigh Branch is a comedian that finds the funny in everyday life. As a wife and mother the material is easy to come by. She started doing stand-up-comedy in 2016 and believes that comedy is a fun way to experience and work out the ups and downs of life. Though her first love is stand-up comedy, writing, sketch, and improv are also things she loves to do.
Tekesha “TK” Fairley is a stand up comedienne from Hattiesburg, MS who has taken the comedy world by storm. TK began her comedy career January 2015 as a promoter and by December of that same year she established Dream Catchers Mgmt. Team concentrating on building the careers of other comics. In October 2017, she found herself owning her first stage as a stand up comic. With her quick wit and snappy comebacks, she gives her audience intimate details of her life without shame. Ask TK what she loves about stand up and she will easily tell you “it is the healing power of laughter”. All of her stories are real life situations that makes you slap your knee and grab your invisible pearls simultaneously. TK is currently working with a collective of female comics No Lye Comedy as well as Team Whodi Comedy.
Born in England, raised in El Paso, and currently living in New Orleans, Nkechi Chibueze is a happy-go-lucky stand-up comedian thrilled to be a part of No Lye Comedy. Nkechi's comedy background is in performance studies, sketch writing and improv. She studied sketch writing and improv at the Dallas Comedy House and Second City Training Center in Chicago. When Nkechi is not at open mics, she is a special education teacher in the New Orleans public schools. Nkechi is also a renowned photographer and dancer. She likes to photograph anything awesome happening in New Orleans. She has one TV credit, in which she plays the fat friend to someone who loses a lot of weight on the ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition." (Seriously, look it up.)
Camille is a New Orleans based comic who spends most of her time picking fights on Facebook and trying to learn to twerk. She likes to think that makes her a dancer, activist and comedienne. She a co-founder of the all black all femme collective No Lye Comedy. Some people pursue entertainment careers to get their mommas out of the hood. She's working hard because she just wants to be interviewed by "Fresh Air's" Terry Gross. Last year Thrillist named her Louisiana's top undiscovered comic. She's equally embarrassed and flattered. And she may have announced to everyone at her family's Christmas dinner that she's famous now. You can find her at open mics, No Lye Comedy shows or just generally trying to convince strangers she’s woke.
Cosponsored by OGSD, GeSS, CELT, and Kevin B. Yorn Fund
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7:00pm | Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Just words, Just worlds: Giving voice to liberation through poetry and collective action
In this dynamic presentation on justice, art, and activism, visiting scholar Alexandria Hollett will use her experiences as a public school teacher, community/labor organizer, and slam poet to explore how we advocate for ourselves and others in the face of institutional and structural harm. Through narrative storytelling, poetry, and original research, Alexandria will offer perspectives on embracing political anger, redefining radical love, and igniting commitments to imaginative solidarity and collective action. In particular, she will share the tenets of intersectionality, prison abolition, and queer utopia as helpful ways to theorize our own liberation.
Bio: Alexandria Hollett is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University within the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Gender Studies. As both a teacher and a researcher, she specializes in queer, antiracist, arts-based, and anti-oppressive approaches to education. Formerly a public school teacher and union delegate in Chicago, Alexandria is a Faculty Fellow at IU and a recipient of the Alan Wardell Award for Queer Advocacy in Education. In addition to her studies and activisms, she is also a performer and spoken word poet.
Cosponsored by OGSD, QSA, and GES
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 7:00pm | NOLA Wesley, 7102 Freret Street
Mother's Bravery Spell: Examining mother through the eyes of Audre Lorde How have our mother's influenced our understanding of ourselves? How have we grown into or out of their legacy? This keynote examines how we both embody and reject the narratives of our mothers, using the personal narrative of writer and teacher Ashley Young alongside the writings of Audre Lorde.
Friday, February 22, 2019 | 2:00pm | LBC 210
Exploring Biomythography: Writing Self through Familial Narratives Writing Workshop For Tulane Students only (register via OrgSync): In writing personal narratives, we are often confronted with both the fact and myths of our generational stories. This workshop explores selections from Audre Lorde's biomythography "Zami: The New Spelling of My Name" and through writing exercises challenges participants to incorporate her methods of self examination to strengthen their work. Participants across various genres of writing are welcome. Please bring a journal/notebook and pen.
Bio: Ashley Young is a Black, Queer, genderqueer writer, poet, teacher and tarot reader. Their work has been published in three anthologies, Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2011), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy (Portland Studio, 2015). They have been a contributor at Elixher and GO magazine featuring stories on mental health, alternative sexuality and the craft of writing. Their nonfiction and poetry have been featured in various online magazines, such as Black Youth Project, Deaf Poets Society, Autostraddle, Rvkvry Journal, and Wilde Magazine. Ashley is a 2010 Voices of Our Nation's Foundation Poetry Fellow and a 2011/2016 Lambda Literary Foundation Nonfiction Fellow. They have taught writing workshops at various conferences and universities throughout the country including NYU and UMass Amherst. They are currently at work on their first novel, “The Liberation of the Black Unicorn,” an Audre Lorde inspired biomythography. Ashley lives in New Orleans reading tarot and offering spiritual products through their business Black Unicorn Tarot, specializing in services for Queer, Trans, genderqueer and people of color.