Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Doyle Program collaborated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, German Department, African American Studies Department, the Women’s Center, and the Black House to host a screening and discussion of the film, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years. This film chronicled the impact of the award winning African-American lesbian poet, Audre Lorde, in her years living in West-Berlin in the 1980s. The film shares the story of and reflections from those influenced by Lorde, who served as a mentor to many and as a catalyst for the Afro-German movement. Lorde challenged all women, including white women, to acknowledge positions of privilege and how to deal with these head-on. Following the film, Professor You-Me Park and student Mia Campbell (COL ‘18) discussed some of the film’s key themes and encouraged audience reflections. Participants discussed the contemporary significance of Lorde’s call for inclusive, intersectional approaches to social justice work. As a special historical treat, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program concluded the event by playing an excerpt of an original audio recording of Audre Lorde speaking at a 1989 Women’s and Gender Studies event at Georgetown.

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