Arcadia University Hosts Audre Lorde Festival, Feb. 27- March 1

Glenside, Pa.—Friday, Feb. 17, 2012Arcadia University will host Audre Lorde: Reflections on her Life and Work, a series of poetry readings, film screenings and panel discussions in celebration of the writer, poet and activist, from Feb. 27 to March 1. Lorde’s work threads generations and gender, races and sexualities and challenges audiences to create coalitions in spite of the difficulty in confronting old ways of being.

The weeklong celebration is coordinated by Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology; Dr. Kalenda Eaton, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Dina Pinsky, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies Minor; and Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of ACT 101.

“A large part of my interest in [creating this event] was motivated by those who may not know how important she was/is or how her life directly impacts much of what we think about and do today,” says Eaton. “As with everything, we saw the potential event as a teaching moment as well as a celebration of Lorde's life.”

She notes that Arcadia’s student-run clubs, including PRIDE, Black Awareness Society, Latino/a, and the feminist interest groups, along with a Women’s Gender Studies minor, all connect to the universality of Lorde’s message.

“I am very grateful that Dr. Ana Maria Garcia was supportive of the original idea and that we all have been able to contribute to making this event happen.”

Schedule of Events

Monday, Feb. 27
In Her Own Voice: Life and Works of Audre Lorde

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m, Chat Performance Area: Introduction to Audre Lorde’s life and work featuring faculty speakers Drs. Kalenda Eaton and Ana Maria Garcia, followed by students readings of Lorde’s work.
  • 6 – 9 p.m., Castle Mirror Room: Film screening of Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde and panel discussion facilitated by Drs. Ana Maria Garcia, Dina Pinsky, and Doreen Loury.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Day of Writing: Translating Silence into Action and Words

  • An all-day interactive event featuring excerpts of Lorde’s work. Members of the Arcadia community are encouraged to share their written reflections on the large sheets of blank paper accompanying the displays in the Commons, Easton Hall and Dining Hall.

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Queering the Classroom and Our Identities: Lessons From Audre Lorde

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Beaver College Room: Faculty luncheon on integrating queer studies into the classroom facilitated by Drs. Ana Maria Garcia and Dina Pinsky. RSVP to Dr. John Noakes, Arcadia’s Associate Provost of Academic Improvement and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • 6 - 9 p.m., Brubaker 101: Film screening of Edge of Each Others Battles followed by a student-led discussion on hybrid identities.

Thursday, March 1
Warrior Poets... In Their Words

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Chat Performance Area: Student led panel discussion on Black Female Identity.
  • 8 - 10 p.m., Castle Dining Room: First Poet Laureate of Philadelphia Sonia Sanchez presents Words and Poetry followed by Spoken Word Fest: Sister Outsider!” a student spoken word performance led by the Black Awareness Society. Refreshments will be served.


The events are co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Enrollment Management, the Black Male Development Symposium, the Department of English and Theater Arts, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Student Affairs, University Relations, Department of Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information contact Dr. Dina Pinsky at 215-572-8544 or

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (