Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists
Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Guerrillas of Desire maps these undercurrents, documenting the history of everyday resistance
Communities around the world are mobilizing urban social movements against rising inequality and economic hardship, in order to transform local neighborhoods, urban planning practices, and city policies. Minority and immigrant communities and their mobilizations play a pivotal role challenging the ongoing global political shifts right that have been propagating xenophobia, racism, and economic, political, and social isolationism. In this historic configuration, housing serves as a central site of struggle, as a fundamental human right.
Do you have a home based business in Adams Morgan? Do you want to start-up a home based business and are interested in learning from others who’ve done that successfully? Or do you work from the Potter's House and wonder who else there might be based in Adams Morgan too?
There are some conversations you could not have prepared for, but then you stand amazed and grateful you could be part of them. How do those conversations happen? In the Firelight Wisdom Circle, we will practice careful listening and clear speaking to each other. We will invite one another to risk sharing what's most valued in our minds, hearts, and souls based on our lived experience and the wisdom of our being.
Join Dr. Willow Lung-Amam as she discusses her new book on the vital role of immigrants in the changing urban landscape and their fight for inclusion within the suburban American Dream.
“Art Between Us” is the DMV's quarterly all-women’s event for an all-women audience. (All persons who identify as women are welcome!) In an effort to create safe spaces for ladies from marginalized arts communities, “Art Between Us” aims to encourage creativity, develop sisterhood within the arts, and build a support network for women and girls of all backgrounds to connect with each other over artistic expression and celebrate our diverse voices and experiences in a space that's just for us.
There have been many heroes and victims in the battle to abolish the death penalty, and Marie Deans fits into both of those categories. A South Carolina native who yearned to be a fiction writer, Marie was thrust by a combination of circumstances―including the murder of her beloved mother-in-law―into a world much stranger than fiction.
Writers Patricia Park and Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes will read from their acclaimed debut novels. Q&A to follow!
Join us in welcoming Ward Churchill on September 19th. Wielding Words like Weapons is a collection of acclaimed American Indian Movement activist-intellectual Ward Churchill’s essays in indigenism, selected from material written during the decade 1995–2005.
Join author of (H)afrocentric, Juliana "Jewels" Smith, for an intimate conversation on the new comic book, (H)afrocentric Volumes 1-4. Somewhere in between a Different World and The Boondocks, (H)afrocentric stars a posse of disgruntled undergrads of color as they navigate their way through Ronald Reagan University
Crafternoons are made for being creative and relaxing. Come meet fellow crafters and spend a couple of hours using your right brain with a simple craft that you can take home with you. We'll provide light refreshments, and the crafting supplies and materials, you just bring yourself!
Docs In Progress is pleased to welcome acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street, 112 Weddings, Resurret Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles) for a Master Class on Documentary Producing.
Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post-Civil Rights American South.
Since 2015, the Boston-based Palestinians Podcast has hosted a series of live storytelling events, where 5-8 storytellers share their truths, trials, triumphs, and tribulations. Palestinians Podcast frequently partners with festivals, museums and student groups, and is partnering with the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to bring a unique Palestinian perspective to the District.
In his provocative book "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. On July 22nd, Drew will be at the Festival Center to guide attendees through the often difficult conversation of confronting racism within our own churches. Always leading toward Jesus, Hart will offered concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.
Now more than ever, is the time to commit to anti-bias education with our children. We need the skills and framework as families, and the curriculum and practice as educators, to support our young people in feeling good about themselves, curious and positive about people who are different than them, and to notice, name, and act when they see differences treated unfairly.
Treva B. Lindsey, Ph.D., 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
Join the DC Chapter of Moms Demand Action for a special event featuring the photography of Joe Quint. Joe uses photography to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence. See more at http://www.ittakes.us/
Transform the World Inside Out : An Experiential Workhop on Creative Business Development for Social Impact and Personal Growth
This free live workshop will provide actionable insights and strategies to visionary entrepreneurs and business leaders that take creativity, social change, and Nicki Minaj references, seriously...
We invite you to join us, the University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studio, for our final exhibition of Lanier Heights research and design proposals! Eleven students have spent six tireless weeks researching and designing in preparation to present to the community of DC. Our event will feature the release of our booklet, What's UP, Lanier Heights?, and the presentation of the student residential designs.
Join Mya Guarnieri Jaradat as she offers an intimate look at the lives of Israel's Southeast Asian migrant workers and African asylum seekers, two groups that shed new light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Invisible Knapsack makes people laugh while also speaking to truths about the most pressing social justice issues of our time. A subversive improv comedy show named for Peggy McIntosh’s seminal article unpacking the daily effects of white privilege, Invisible Knapsack aims to unpack, examine, and scramble the harmful “isms” and power paradigms that exist in life and on stage.
The Community Learning Lab (CL^2) is a space for scientists, scholars and artists to engage the community with an authentic learning experience. Through CL^2, people will explore an area of science, the humanities, or the arts alongside a passionate subject matter expert. Our goal is to share fascinating ideas that have transformed society, make them accessible, and highlight their importance to our communities.
Pastors Jim Marsh and Becca Stelle will lead a summer introduction to the major themes and stories of the Bible, including the exodus, the Babylonian exile, the prophets, Jesus ministry and death and resurrection, and the early church. We will use Dan Erlander’s brilliant and delightful book, Manna and Mercy, as a guide for our conversations.
Calling is a sense that something bigger than you invites you to greater purpose; that risk and trust are required; and that saying yes will ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of self. Part of exploring calling is understanding what it means to you. How broad or narrow is it? What areas of life does it touch? What has grabbed you?
Come join us for a great night of music, featuring the Ethan Philion Trio! Ethan Philion is a Washington DC based bassist, composer, and bandleader. A 2014 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Ethan has already performed with renowned musicians such as Rufus Reid, Chris Thile, Howard Levy, Gary Bartz, Steve Turre, Leo Blanco, Sharon Clark, Klauss Mueller, and more. He has played across the United States in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Millenium Park, and Severance Hall.
Be Humble: A Healing Salon is an experience designed for insightful, intellectual, and inspired talk about social justice community peculiarities & intervention strategies. This salon invites you into a curated conversation about the intersections of ego, self-care, and social media, and how we intentionally embody radical living.
The Association of People Affected by Hepatitis C (La Plataforma de Afectad@s por la Hepatitis C) was formed in November 2014 to fight for the human right of patients to receive new life-saving drugs. TRATAMIENTO PARA TOD@S/TREATMENT FOR ALL traces the organization's struggle from its inception through May 2015, during which time the group organized mass mobilizations to defend and strengthen Spain's free, high quality, universal public health system, and to fight against the neoliberal restructuring of healthcare.
People have been gathering in coffee houses, pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life, philosophy, faith and deep questions of meaning. We are rediscovering the coffee house/pub as a safe, open space to explore and express questions and questions, learn from others, and engage one another of caring religious traditions or of none.
Everything Belongs is the theme for this Bible discussion over brunch. Grab a cup of coffee and your meal at the counter, then join us in the community room where we will introduce new friends, discuss a favorite Bible story and nosh through brunch.
Join us on Saturday, June 10th at the Potters House for our next installment of the BeatsNBeans discussion series. Moderator KOKAYI will be chatting it up with award winning singer/songwriter Sara Curtin and Killa Cal of legendary Rare Essence about their creative process, spaces and more. Free. Positive Vibes Only. Presented by The General Store Inc.
Join us at the Festival Center for Holy Fool Arts show, Wade Through Deep Water, a Ceremonial Theater event tracing the soggy footprints of a people through the wombs of the Red Sea and Jordan River to birth an Exodus thirsting for collective liberation. Come and hear the voice of water’s lament as told by Miriam, Moses’ sister, and John the Baptist – two of God’s prophets whose water-logged lives kept them swimming in transformation.
Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation’s jails every year. What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor. Using her ethnographic fieldwork and clinical work as an ob-gyn in a women’s jail, Carolyn Sufrin explores how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care.
This book is a line in the sand that both identifies the creep of fascist messages, ideas, and organization throughout our society and outlines how to stop it in its tracks.
Recent Political Prisoners: While resistance takes root in new communities, activists on the front lines are also facing more repression. We’ll use this month’s letter writing night to focus on newer political prisoners, like water protectors Red Fawn and Krow; Occupy activists The Cleveland 4; and animal liberationists Nicole and Joseph. Join us! We’ll provide a quick how-to on writing to prisoners, materials, and good company.