(SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY) Associated Students Productions in collaboration with the Sonoma State University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the English Department, the Department of Women & Gender Studies, the HUB, and the German Club present the Audre Lorde Festival on Thursday, September 27. A book reading and discussion of Ika Hügel-Marshall’s autobiography Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany will take place from 12PM-1PM in Schulz 3001. Hügel-Marshall received the Audre Lorde Literary Award in 1996 to complete her autobiography. A screening and discussion of Dagmar Schultz’s new documentary of Audre Lorde- the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 will take place in Ives 101 (Warren Auditorium) at 7PM.
Audre Lorde’s incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the US-American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and Women-of-Color movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Dagmar Schultz and Ika Hügel-Marshall, friends of the late Audre Lorde, will be doing a bi-lingual reading, in both German and English, from Hügel-Marshall’s book Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany from 12PM-1PM in Schulz 3001. A dialogue based on the reading will follow.
Audre Lorde - the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 documents an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, and it will be screened at 7:00PM in Ives 101. The film explores the importance of Lorde’s legacy as she encouraged Afro-Germans who, at that time, had no name or space to make themselves visible within a culture that, until then, had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde’s empowerment of Afro-German women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Previously unreleased archive material and present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde’s ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz’s personal archival video and audio recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda to rouse Afro-Germans to recognize each other. A discussion will follow the film led by Audre Lorde’s colleagues and friends, Dagmar Schultz and Ika Hügel-Marshall. This will be followed by a reception with refreshments hosted at the HUB in the Student Union.
2012 marks the 20 year anniversary of Audre Lorde’s death.
This event was brought to you by Associated Students Productions in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the English Department, the Department of Women & Gender Studies, the HUB, and the German Club at Sonoma State University. For more information on this and other events, please call (707) 664-2382 or visit www.facebook.com/sonomastateasp/events.