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All Levels | How do we navigate using anger productively? What is “erotic knowledge”? What is Black feminism? We will grapple with these questions and others as we explore selections from Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, self-proclaimed “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Her insights have been transformative to Black feminist thought and civil rights activism, so we will examine her critical contributions noting their relevance to our current moment.
Students in this class will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Carlyn Ferrari is an Assistant Professor of English at Seattle University where she teaches courses on African American literature and culture and Black Feminism. She received her Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was awarded the Esther Terry Award for the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation in Afro-American Studies. She also earned graduate certificates in Advanced Feminist Studies and African Diaspora Studies. Her research explores the intersection between Black feminist thought and literary ecocriticism. Her scholarship has been supported by William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia, the Joyce Avrech Berkman Endowed Fund for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, and the W. E. B. Du Bois Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently working on two book projects about poet and civil rights activist Anne Spencer.