Friday, November 16th, 2018
9:00am Breakfast, 9:30am Discussions , 4:30pm Closing Reception
UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room

Audre Lorde famously maintained that “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This gathering explores the concept of care against the backdrop of Lorde’s quote, through the lens of black feminist epistemology and praxis. It understands care as a community practice of generating power, as well as an individual ethic of self-love, and asks how ideas about care shape our political activism, critiques of power, and dreams of freedom. It also seeks to reimagine black wellbeing within a self-help culture that privileges whiteness and normative femininity, and explores how black people have cared for one another across time and space. And it reconsiders the most familiar narratives of stress and depletion to show how black lives are diminished by state violence, historical trauma, neoliberal assaults, heteropatriarchal norms, ravaging kin ties, and intramural violence. How can we engage new possibilities for self-care, radical healing, wholeness, and joy?


Erica Ball, Occidental College

Marne Campbell, Loyola Marymount University

Judith Casselburry, Bowdoin College

Aisha Finch, UCLA

Honor Ford-Smith, York University

Sarah Haley, UCLA

Beverly Hanson, Sistren Theater Collective

Cheryl Harris, UCLA,

Imani Johnson, UC Riverside,

Jessica Johnson, Johns Hopkins University

Courtney Marshall, Phillips Exeter Academy

Jessica Millward, UC Irvine

Jasmine Seydullah, Vassar College

LaKisha Simmons, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

SA Smythe, UC Irvine

Terrion Williamson, University of Minnesota

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, UC Irvine

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Sponsored by the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California, the Division of Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Center for the Study of Women, the Department of Gender Studies, and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

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