First and foremost, thank you sincerely to Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil, Judy Lynne Fisher (Fall 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin and 2022 Course Associate), Aishah Shahidah Simmons (2015 #FemGeniusesinBerlin Course Associate), Dr. Rosemarie Peña, and Elisa Diallo for their beautiful, powerful blurbs of the book! Your support and encouragement has meant everything!
My amazing students sent me the most beautiful video showing me lots of love and sharing their enthusiasm for In Audre’s Footsteps! I cried for so long, and I am so full of gratitude, excitement, love, and joy! Thank you and lots of love to each and every one of them (in order of appearance): Jazlyn Tate Andrews (2015 #FemGeniusesinBerlin and In Audre’s Footsteps co-editor), Niyat Ogbazghi, Alejandra Hernandez (2016 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Malone DeYoung, Atiya Harvey (Fall 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Mae Eskenazi (2016 #FemGeniusesinBerlin and In Audre’s Footsteps‘ audiovisual engineer), Sakina Bhatti, Njeri Summey, Kali Place, Cheanna Gavin (2016 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Lexi Davis, Nan Elpers, Emma Martin, Eileen Huang (2019 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Kay Adams (Fall 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Maya Patel, Hailey Corkery (2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Avia Hailey (2019 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Tess Gattuso, Ivy Wappler (2016 #FemGeniusesinBerlin), Lindumuzi Jabu Ndlovu, Judy Lynne Fisher (Fall 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin and 2022 Course Associate), Christie Ma (organizer of this beautiful offering), Salem Tewelde, and Jade Frost (2015 #FemGeniusesinBerlin and In Audre’s Footsteps copyeditor). Words can’t express my appreciation, but I feel it deeply in all of my being!
I also want to sincerely thank each and every person who purchased a copy of In Audre’s Footsteps and allowed us to share these amazing, supportive photographs! Y’all are the real MVPs!
Please help us in celebrating the 2019 Feminist and Gender Studies minors: D Adams, Kathryn Chase, Abby Diess, Madi Doerre, Lauren Larrabee, and Jabu Ndlovu
and the 2019 FGS Majors: Amelia Eskenazi, Eden Lumerman, Christie Ma, and Niyat Ogbazghi
In their time at CC, Amelia has been involved with FemCO, Relations: The Play, and is currently the co-chair of the Llamapalooza Music and Arts Festival. After graduating in May, Amelia will be moving to New York City where they will be working as a studio assistant for Wardell Milan. In assisting Milan, Amelia will aid in archiving past work, photographing works-in-progress, and organizing studio space, among other responsibilities. In addition to working for Milan, Amelia will also be doing freelance photography.
In her time at CC, Eden has been double majoring in Feminist & Gender Studies and Political Science. She has been especially interested in studying nationalism and its effects on citizens’ affective attachments to the nation-state. After graduation, Eden is hoping to study international human rights law and journalism and work towards the criminalization of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.
Following graduation, Christie is working to immerse herself in activism and the arts. She is drafting designs for various women-of-colour-owned businesses and international collaborations while promoting equity in sport as an ambassador for Upwind Ultimate. Her essay “Fucking White People: A Phrase, An Action, An Ethics” is set for publication in the Mary Shepherd Conference on Feminist Philosophy journal in Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2019. As a member of the Hong Kong U24 National Team, Christie will also be competing at the World Ultimate U24 Championships in July 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany.
Post-graduation, Niyat plans to work as a writer for a Colorado magazine for one year. During that year, she plans to take the GRE and apply to graduate school, hoping to attend graduate school for Journalism beginning in Fall 2020.
My name is Niyat Ogbazghi, and I am a Feminist and Gender Studies major. I am so grateful for finding the Feminist and Gender Studies program at CC because I feel like I have found my true passion. Taking FGS classes at CC has been the highlight of my time here. I am indebted to all the FGS professors who have cultivated my knowledge in the field. By the end of this year, I want to start a podcast and then post-graduation, I want to become a journalist. My latest concern: I’m going to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z in September, and I DON’T know how to act. WHOO!!!!
My name is Eden Lumerman, my home town is called Lod and it’s located right in the center of Israel/Palestine. I am a Feminist and Gender Studies and Political Science double major and I’m a senior at CC! This summer I was doing research for my FGS Capstone Project. As part of my research, I was interning in the Israeli parliament in the office of Labor Party member Merav Michaeli. Throughout my time in the parliament, I paid particular attention to the way in which liberal and secular feminist politics operate as a political line of offense against the current ruling government, and especially how this political opposition cements a discursive binary of orthodox vs. secular; progressive vs. backward; universal values vs. oppressive values. I am particularly interested in the way in which the secular outcry against the growing religionization in Israel is intersecting with the liberal and secular feminist campaign for gender equality in the military. Through this project I am hoping to dive into a deep analysis of liberal feminist politics, shed light on some of its blind spots, and illuminate the way in which feminist politics give hand in the normalization of state violence and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. I am both very excited and a bit nervous to start processing everything I have gathered this summer, and am also so lucky to have my fellow FGS majors and amazing professors with me in this journey. In my free time I like hanging out in my apartment with my cute roommates and making delicious foods.
My name is Amelia Eskenazi. I am a Feminist and Gender Studies major with a minor in Studio Art and REMS. I am one of the co-chairs of the Llamapalooza committee and a former cast member of Relations the Play. I spent this summer doing a video/photo project with Dr. Heidi R. Lewis and an art residency in Berlin. My thesis will be exploring queerness as a method of dealing with photography as an artistic practice. My goal is to interrogate the Western queer art canon by putting my work in conversation with existing queer artists as well as feminist theorists, queer theory, and critical visuality studies. My project seeks to illuminate the ways in which “queer art” is only validated when reliant upon portraiture that displays sex, drag, or portraits of queer community as well as question the ways in which I too am feeding into the very imagery and institutions I am questioning as an artist. I am so excited to do this project through the FGS department and look forward to collaborating with my peers as well as receiving the brilliant mentorship from Dr. Nadia Guessous, Dr. Rushaan Kumar, and Dr. Heidi R. Lewis. In my free time, you can find me ranting about astrology, hanging out with my leopard gecko Gert, and making clothes out of trash.
Christie is a lot. Hailing from Canada, Hong Kong, and Wales, she is a storyteller, activist, tree-climbing, dirty-feet-in-unkempt-grass-er, and a bit of a strategically charming button-pusher. doesn’t like holding things. can’t listen to music when studying – can’t study very well. can only sit still, really still, to sketch. been thinking about anger as issue as placebo as hurt as healing, lately. conflates restlessness with recklessness; reckons her whole life is a fight. drinks copious amounts of yorkshire tea (one sugar and a dash of milk). loves a difficult riddle or treasure hunt. exhales ultimate frisbee. only eats meat that she catches/kills/guts/cooks. strongly believes in chasing stars. has trouble sleeping. enjoys cold ocean swims, broccoli, and singing a particularly ancient welsh song in the shower. her favourite tool is a hammer, she wears a seabird fossil around her neck, makes an intricate mushroom risotto, and frequently indulges in banter, cheeky dialogue, a bit of good conversational fun, and the occasional pleonasm. dares say rules are only guidelines, considers coriander an abomination, and feels heartstrings look like the twilight sky.
Created by Dorsa Djalilzadeh (Editor), Niyat Ogbazghi (Journalist), Mariel Wilson (Journalist), and Corrina Leatherwood (Graphic Designer) in Block 6 2017
“At times activist work can be daunting but that is why we are here. This publication exists as a guide, a way for learning the theories and the on-the-ground tactics for acknowledging and resisting oppression and engaging in conscious and intentional activism and feminism. Whether it be by protesting with a sign or tweeting to people across the world, ultimately, it is this work that must continue and spread to effect change. As Sojourner Truth so aptly said, ‘I am for keeping things going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again’ (92). For some people, existence itself is resistance. For them, that is enough. But some of us can do even more and it is our responsibility to resist for them. Moving is resistance, even the subtlest raising of an arm. Reader, do not go still. Ask for help. Do not hesitate. Keep things stirring.”
—Dorsa Djalilzadeh, Editor