Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lucia Birnbaum: The Future Has an Ancient Heart: Transformational Legacy of DNA and Maternal Energies

(This paper is the keynote for 2008 Multiversity - see the full schedule here)

The paper aims to transform students' notions of race and gender and urges them to consider the difference between dominant and submerged beliefs, as well as the hopeful legacy of the memory transmitted through our mothers in the DNA on primordial African migration paths in Europe (and everywhere), of our original harmonious universe and original communities of caring and sharing.

Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum received her doctorate in conventional history of the U. S. and Europe from the University of California at Berkeley. She was an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State. In 1968, she was fired for supporting students’ just demands for a black studies department and for opposing the imperial war in Vietnam. Thereafter as an independent scholar and a professor at CIIS, she has been guided by dual perspectives of women's spirituality, and African origins and transformative legacy. Her published works include Liberazione della donna, (Feminism in Italy) (1986, 1988), Black Madonnas. Feminism, religion and politics in Italy (1994, 1997, 2000), and Dark mother: African origins and godmothers (2000, 2004, 2007).

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