january gathering @ barrio logan, san diego (jan 9-10, 2016)

the community take-over (apr 1970) under interstate 5 in barrio logan, san diego, in a protest against the construction of a highway patrol station at the site of present-day chicano park

Saturday, Jan 9 @ Logan Heights Branch Library (567 South 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113)

1:30-2:00pm introduction + contexts
2:00-3:10pm where we are and what we are reading: dialogue over texts to ground ourselves in and depart from
3:10-3:30pm coffee/tea/snack break
3:30-4:20pm planning for Winter/Spring quarters + collective visions
4:20-5:20pm virtual interlocution + Q&A with Alexis Pauline Gumbs via Skype
Saturday evening: Barrio Logan art crawl

Sunday, Jan 10 @ Ryan Bros Coffee (1894 Main St, San Diego, CA 92113)

10:00-10:50am workshop recap + review and finalize planning for Winter/Spring quarters
10:50-11:30am planning session (logistics + delegation) specifically for the 2nd gathering/event in March
11:30-12:30pm lunch @ Salud


Texts for dialogue:

I. On “academic”
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, “The Shape of My Impact,” The Feminist Wire, 29 Oct 2012.

Dylan Rodríguez, “Racial/Colonial Genocide and the ‘Neoliberal Academy:’ In Excess of a Problematic,’American Quarterly 64.4 (2012): 809-13.

(recommended) Roderick Ferguson, “University,” Critical Ethnic Studies 1.1 (2015): 43-55.

(recommended) Nick Mitchell, “(Critical Ethnic Studies) Intellectual,” Critical Ethnic Studies 1.1 (2015): 86-94.

II. On “abolitionism”
Joy James, “Introduction: Democracy and Captivity,” The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings, ed. Joy James (Albany: SUNY Press, 2005): xxi-xxxv.

(recommended) Jared Sexton, “Don’t Call It a Comeback: Racial Slavery Is Not Yet Abolished,” Open Democracy, 17 Jun 2015.

III. Mizzou and beyond
UNC Chapel Hill, “A Collective Response to Anti-Blackness,” 19 Nov 2015.


Virtual interlocution:
Alexis Pauline Gumbs on “The Shape of My Impact”

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black trouble-maker and a black feminist love evangelist. She walks in the legacy of black lady school teachers in post slavery communities who offered sacred educational space to the intergenerational newly free in exchange for the random necessities of life. As the first person to do archival research in the papers of June Jordan at Harvard University, Audre Lorde at Spelman College, and Lucille Clifton at Emory University, while achieving her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University, she honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people. She believes that in the time we live in access to the intersectional, holistic brilliance of the black feminist tradition is as crucial as learning how to read.

In 2002, at the age of nineteen, Alexis founded BrokenBeautiful Press a grassroots publishing initiative inspired by Kitchen Table Press, which has published several poetry collections, educational zines, transformative workbooks and online projects. Alexis is also the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, a transmedia-enabled community school and lending library based in Durham, North Carolina, and co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of black LGBTQ brilliance with her partner Julia Roxanne Wallace. In 2012, Alexis founded Brilliance Remastered, a multifaceted educational project to support visionary underrepresented graduate students and emerging community accountable scholars in staying connected to their unstoppable purpose and the communities they love.



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