Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis ’02 is an associate professor of gender/sexuality & Black/ethnic studies and the incoming chair of studio and humanistic studies at Maryland Institute College of Art, cultivating Black feminist, intersectional, queer, critical race and social justice pedagogies for liberatory art and design education and creative practice. They will read from their manuscript Biomythography Bayou, a decolonizing narrative portraiture project featuring experimental performative writing. With an emphasis on queer, intersex, trans, and femme embodied knowledges, this book engages West African worldviews, Poarch Band (Creek Nation) wisdom, and Black Catholic Creole cosmology, offering readers archival histories, contemporary political discourse, and tellings from the ancestral imaginary. Their personal, professional, and political commitments are to overlapping and interlocking queer, trans, nonbinary, intersex, and feminist communities of color. Dr. Mel serves on the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission and Baltimore City Enoch Pratt Free Library LGBTQ Advisory Council. Eastern Time Zone.
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Monday, March 1 at 7:00pm to 8:00pmVirtual Event