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Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body

Date: 1:00pm - 5:30pm PDT April 14, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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We all have some relationship to what is considered the “normal” or the “non-normative” body, and it’s likely a relationship laced with assumptions, judgement, and unacknowledged power and privilege.

In this workshop, participants will look at the dominant political framing of disability, examine its relationship to gender based oppression and racial oppression, while exploring a counter-narrative where all bodies and communities are valued.

“Sins Invalid the reality that many have tried to keep hidden: humanity remains despite any ways that our bodies may not reflect the Hollywood norms. So it all comes back to the joy of surpassing, the joy of creation and the joy of desire.”

- Jewelle Gomez, Author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories

“Moving decisively beyond any simple ‘shock’ or ‘transgressive’ aesthetic…challenges the politics that systematically disables our ability to recognize beauty.”

- Terry Rowden, Author, The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness

The goal of this workshop is to support participants in their commitment to an intersectional political analysis which centralizes people of color and integrates disability oppression as a component of a justice based analysis of current conditions. 

The afternoon will be divided into three portions: A three hour workshop with Patricia Berne via Zoom and in-person facilitation, a screening of the film Sins Invalid, and participant Q&A.

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1-5:30 p.m

Instructor: Patricia Berne, Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Sins Invalid

Cost: $65 by 3/14, $75 after, includes 4.5 CEUs. Lewis & Clark alumni save 20%. 

Students: $30  |  L&C Staff/Faculty: $30 
Student and Staff/Faculty spots are limited. Early registration is recommended

Lewis & Clark School-Based Mentors and Supervisors: A limited number of free registrations are available. Please contact to register.

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About the Presenter

Patricia Berne is a Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Sins Invalid, a disability justice based performance project centralizing disabled artists of color and queer and gender non-conforming artists with disabilities.  Berne’s training in clinical psychology focused on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state violence.  Her professional background includes offering mental health support to survivors of violence and advocating for LGBTQI and disability perspectives within the field of reproductive genetic technologies. Berne’s experiences as a Japanese-Haitian queer disabled woman provides grounding for her work creating “liberated zones” for marginalized voices.  She is widely recognized for her work to establish the framework and practice of disability justice.