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July 15, 22, & 29 + August 5, 2017: bell hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom

Word Up welcomes the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for a course on bell hooks. Past BISR courses at Word Up have focused on James Baldwin and Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. The course “bell hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom” is taught by Asma Abbas.
bell hooks is one of the foremost contemporary thinkers addressing questions of gendered, racial, and economic liberation, pioneering the social application of ideas about marginality that are now commonplace in both academic and popular discourse. Feminist liberation, for hooks, must push past victimization narratives and exclusivity to become a deeply inclusive critique, aimed at general emancipation from the interlocked systems of patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism. hooks does not limit or style her critique to academic questions but rather pushes public intellectual engagement and incisive cultural criticism, encouraging readers to question the comfortable center — from popular culture to political life. hooks wants us to ask, in particular, about the role of education and cultural life in understanding our own desires. Can we educate ourselves, our very desires, toward freedom? Even towards a freedom from what often attaches us to our own domination?

This course will move through bell hooks’ multi-genre oeuvre that addresses racism, patriarchy, and capitalism, as she argues for an inversion of systems of power and priority, placing the marginalized, the wounded, and the excluded at the centre of our actions, arts, theories, sensibilities, and insurgencies. We will read, listen, and watch from Ain’t I a Woman, Teaching to Transgress, Feminism is For Everybody, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies, and more.

For more details, visit:
https://thebrooklyninstitute.com/items/courses/bell-hooks-desire-education-freedom/

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
bell hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom
Course by Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
4 Saturdays: July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, 2017
2–5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

July 28- Warrior Queen’s Women Open Mic

Warrior Queen Initiative will be hosting a women’s open mic that will feature all female and gender nonconforming performers. All audience members welcome to enjoy the poetry, music and perhaps some comedy.  

 
Warrior Queen’s Women Open Mic
Friday, July 28, 2017
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

July 14- Reading: Spanish Coffee Black, No Sugar

In 2015, A.B. Lugo, award winning actor and playwright, suffered through the deaths of his parents only months apart. To cope with his grief, he dedicated himself to writing a poem for each week of 2016. Little did he know he would be chronicling an historic year, one of social strife and tragedy that would culminate in the election of a man whose movement brings new awareness and fear to A.B. as an Afro-Puerto Rican. Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar, much like its title, is a bitter experience, as life can be, but also one that gives us the energy and power to make it through each day. More worn, for sure, but also stronger, and hopefully, wiser. A collection of poems influenced by history and inspired by the depths of the soul, Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar is as unforgettable as the year it chronicles.”

A.B. Lugo is a writer and performer. Some of his poetry can be found in the anthology Me No Habla With Acento (Rebel Satori Press). This is his first published collection of poetry.

Reading: Spanish Coffee Black, No Sugar
Friday, July 14, 2017
7–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

*RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29* // Film Screening: Requiem for the American Dream

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kelly Nyks.

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality—tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority—while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

The accompanying book, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power by Noam Chomsky—containing additional interviews and 3x the material in the film—will be sold at a discount on the day of the event.

Film Screening: Requiem for the American Dream
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
7–9pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

May 24-Power to the Parents: Community Support for Expecting and New Parents

Are you a new or expecting parent? Do you have questions about birth or newborn care? Are you trying to figure out what kind of birth setting is best for you? Do you want to learn more about how to work together with your medical caregiver? Do you need help with breastfeeding? Do you want to try on some baby carriers or learn how to adjust your carrier to your body? Or do you just want to meet and hang out with other parents? Get the information you need and enjoy tea, cookies, and community with fellow parents and experienced perinatal professionals. Se habla espanol. Facilitators: Tiffany Kapri Johnson – postpartum doula, babywearing educator, and mother of two (with one on the way!). Esdras Santana – birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and mother of two. Koyuki Smith – birth doula, childbirth educator, babywearing educator, and mother of two. For more information: koyukismith@gmail.com

Power to the Parents: Community Support for Expecting and New Parents
Wednesday May 24, 2017
4–7pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113  Amsterdam avenue (at 165)
New York NY 10032