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Continuing Education

Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body

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

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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.

Responses to the Film

“Sins Invalid reveals 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

“For educators, the film can serve as a flexible and indispensable tool, bringing issues of sexuality and gender, race and class, embodiment and disability into the room in a powerful and immediate way.  Because Sins spends its time showing more than telling, the resulting film provides much richer for classroom and group discussion.”

- Cory Silverberg, educator, public speaker, co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability

The afternoon will include a workshop with Patricia Berne via Zoom and in-person facilitation with Nomy Lamm; a screening of the 32 min. documentary entitled Sins Invalid; and participant discussion and Q&A about the film.

In the 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.

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

Please Note: 

  • This film contains explicit descriptions of sex and sexual activity, and some brief nudity. It is not appropriate for children. 

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations:

  • ASL interpretation will be provided
  • The documentary portion of the workshop will be shown with audiocast
  • The workshop location is wheelchair accessible
  • Service dogs will be present at the training. If you are allergic to dogs, please let us know in advance of the workshop
  • Event organizers ask that you refrain from using or wearing scented products in effort to make this a fragrance free event, ensuring that all community members may attend. Learn more about scent free products here
  • Please note any accessibility needs you may have during your registration

Registration Rates & Details

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

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

  • Professional Rate: $65, includes 4.5 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark alumni save 20%.
  • Community Rate: $30
  • Scholarship Rate: A limited number of need-based scholarship rates are available. Please contact to register.
  • Students, L&C Staff/Faculty, L&C School-Based Mentors and Supervisors: Free 

Remote Access Registration: Remote Access to the workshop is available via Zoom web streaming. If you are interested in this option, please indicate during your registration. 

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About the Presenters

Patricia Berne (remote presenter) 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.

Nomy Lamm
 (in-person facilitator) is a multi-media artist whose offerings have included lullabies, rock operas, an experimental novel, zines and comics, a children’s book, many bands and solo albums, live performances, animated videos, and more. She’s worked with Sins Invalid since 2008 as a performer, Advisory Board member, and as Program Team staff. Nomy has been teaching people to sing for almost two decades, helping students move through fear and self-judgement to take up space and find equilibrium in radical authenticity. She has a BA in Multimedia Art and Political Economy from The Evergreen State College, and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. In her work as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), Nomy offers space for creative exploration and engagement with our wounded places as a source of transformation. She lives on occupied Squaxin/Nisqually/Chehalis land in Olympia, WA with her partner Lisa, their dogs Dandelion and Momma, and their cat Pearl Buttons.