School navigation

Continuing Education

Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body

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

  • Event Image

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.

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 documentary Sins Invalid, and participant Q&A.

Please Note: 

  • This film contains explicit descriptions of sex and sexual activity, and some brief nudity. It is not appropriate for children.
  • In-person facilitator will have a service dog present at the training. If you are allergic to dogs, please let us know.

Accessibility needs: Please note any accessibility needs you may have during your registration. More detailed information on available accommodations coming soon.

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 or PDUs. 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.

Register now


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.