Treva B. Lindsey, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University), author of the newly released Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington. D.C. will discuss the unique and important role of black women in making Washington an intellectual, cultural, social, and political capital for African Americans in the early twentieth century. Black women in post-slavery Washington during this period fought against racism and sexism. They created specific spaces for black women to thrive and imagine new possibilities. The lasting impact of these women is felt throughout the city and has been woefully under-explored. This talk will introduce the world black women in Washington inhabited and shaped through their creativity, resiliency, and unwavering, but multidimensional commitment to freedom and equality.
How do we move past the micro-aggressions and other small infractions that limit us from moving forward? How can more privileged people be allies? How do you deal with microaggressions when you are in a position of leadership? What does it mean to be both non-hierarchical and express boundaries?
Join us as we celebrate the release of Tongo Eisen Martin’s Heaven is All Goodbyes with a poetry reading by local poets Slangston Hughes and Olu Butterfly.
Following the poetry reading, a panel discussion will examine the role of cultural organizing in contemporary America. This panel discussion will be centered around: What does it mean to be a person of color who is an arts administrator in 2017? What does it mean to be an artist in 2017? As the landscape of arts institutions and arts organizations shift, how do arts presenters that focus on work by people of color continue to thrive and survive?
America makes corpses of young Black males. We gaze upon these corpses outraged by yet another death, but when Black men suffer- when they are dying- do we hear their voices or demand their silence? When Black men are sodomized by police, or raped by men and women in their own communities as young boys, do we refuse them an audience for their pain? Far too often, Black men are denied sexual vulnerability because they are thought to be men, patriarchs, perpetrators of violence- not victims. Dr. Curry will discuss why academics and activists alike have great difficulty in imagining Black males as victims of racist and sexual violence in America, and how this neglect shows the need for a Black Male Studies.
In this day and age, perhaps the thing that binds Americans together most strongly is the fact we're afraid. But are we afraid of the right things? Ebola, a disease that killed only a handful of Americans, provoked widespread panic and reactionary policies, but the flu- which kills tens of thousands each year- is hardly taken seriously as a fatal threat. In Jumping At Shadows, Sasha Abramsky sets his sights on America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Abramsky delivers an eye-opening analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats, and how our brains interpret them, both at a neurological level and at a conscious one. What Emerges is a journey through a political and cultural landscape that is defined by our fears- fears that in many cases are a by-product of our deeply ingrained racism, classism, xenophobia, and susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues.
As Baltimore struggles with a record setting murder rate during a national epidemic of gun violence, a surgeon and surgical critical care fellow Dr. Simon Fitzgerald presents a history of violence and anti-violence interventions in Baltimore.
Following that short presentation, activists and organizers with Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and Baltimore Peace Challenge will hold a panel discussion on the second Baltimore Cease Fire call for a weekend free from violence in Baltimore, from Friday November 3-Sunday November 5. Baltimore Ceasefire 365 is a city-wide call-to-action for Baltimore City residents to avoid murder and affirm life.
Joined by readers Tracy Dimond and Ebony Evans, author Jordannah Elizabeth will read her follow up chapbook, "The Warmest Low (Chapbook Two)" which is printed and released by her literary organization, Publik / Private's small press, Publik / Private Small Press. The original booklet, "The Warmest Low (Chapbook One) Art Basel Edition" was created as a writing installation after Jordannah received an invitation to Art Basel 2016 in Miami, FL in Dec. 2016.
The seasonal expression goes, “Spring forward; fall back.” But we know what time it is in this country, so we're going to fall forward into justice and resistance—and poetry will help shore us up to do so! Join us for an open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth magazine, come drop some progressive “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy!
By way of Philadelphia, Rienne “Ryan” Jahnai is a Baltimore County middle school teacher, poet, mentor, and proud advocate for all LGBTQ+ people of color. She is the 2015 DC Black Pride Slam Champion, and in 2016 she created "OUTspoken," an LGBTQ+ open mic, to provide a platform for local artists, businesses, organizations, and allies that accentuate the community's diversity through art. Though introverted, Rienne is a fiery eruption of pure passion on stage! She has dedicated her efforts to creating spaces and opportunities for both youth and LGBTQ+ POC. She is also a writing instructor and conducts youth workshops in both Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Join us for our 4th installment of an evening of intriguing and diverse science topics! This time at Red Emma's!
Project Bridge and BUGSS will host 6 local scientists (gradstudents, postdocs, citizen scientists, etc) to present their work/passion in 5 minutes. Prizes are given to the talks that are most creative and best communicated! This is a great way to connect with others, learn diverse topics of science going on right here in Baltimore, gain communication skills and experience, enhance chances of collaboration and emerging projects and ideas! Join us and bring your friends for a fun night don't miss out on this exciting science filled evening at BUGSS!
Started in the wake of George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a powerful and uncompromising campaign demanding redress for the brutal and unjustified treatment of black bodies by law enforcement in the United States. The movement is only a few years old, but as Christopher J. Lebron argues in this book, the sentiment behind it is not; the plea and demand that "Black Lives Matter" comes out of a much older and richer tradition arguing for the equal dignity - and not just equal rights - of black people.
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann will discuss her book, Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America, which examines the politics that led to the unprecedented growth of the penal system and the evisceration of the nation's welfare programs in the late 20th century. She explores how key welfare, crime, and drug policy in the 1970s helped empower the penal system, discredit “rehabilitation” and social welfare programs, and cast blame for the era's social upheaval on racialized groups that the state was not accountable to serve or represent.
Author Trevor Hope (assistant Professor of Sociology at University at Albany) will join Tyrone Hanley, Esq. (National Center for Lesbian Rights) and Vanessa Johnson (Positive Women's Network USA) in a panel discussion on the use of outdated and poorly written criminal laws to punish people living with HIV- in many cases, for harmless behaviors such as spitting or biting. Mark S. King will moderate.
Join Bmore Clubhouse, an organization that provides a community for adults coping with mental illness, for an informal meetup in The Baltimore Free School! Come by to meet current members and learn more about Bmore Clubhouse.
From the Women in Black vigils and Dyke marches to the Million Mom March, women have seized a dynamic role in early twenty-first century protest. The varied demonstrations--whether about gender, sexuality, war, or other issues--share significant characteristics as space-claiming performances in and of themselves beyond their place in any broader movement.
Elizabeth Currans blends feminist, queer, and critical race theory with performance studies, political theory, and geography to explore the outcomes and cultural relevance of public protest. Drawing on observation, interviews, and archival and published sources, Currans shows why and how women utilize public protest as a method of participating in contemporary political and cultural dialogues. She also examines how groups treat public space as an important resource and explains the tactics different women protesters use to claim, transform, and hold it. The result is a passionate and pertinent argument that women-organized demonstrations can offer scholars a path to study the relationship of gender and public space in today's political culture.