FSP@PPG: Archiving LGBTQ+ Lives
Archiving LGBTQ+ Lives
An FSP@PPG Lunchtime Conversation
In conjunction with the current Power Plant Gallery exhibit, Transgender USA by Mariette Pathy Allen, join us for a discussion about archives and LGBTQ+ activism. What role do archives — and the processes of creating them — play in activism? What are the challenges of collecting materials during a time when LGBTQ+ individuals and groups are still under attack? How is it decided what and who to include? What are the key differences and similarities among community-based archives and bigger institutional archives? Panelists will be: Lisa McCarty of Duke Library’s Archive of Documentary Arts, Kelly Wooten of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Luke Hirst, Durham archivist and activist, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace of the Mobile Homecoming, which is a growing experiential archive of black LGBTQ. The discussion will be moderated by Caitlin Margaret Kelly.
Free and open to the public. Facebook RSVP (optional). This program is the second in a regular series of public discussions co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery. The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.
“Do people trust us with their stories and their documents and their art and their children and their ancestors? Are we giving enough of ourselves to build relationships that invite people into our virtual and material spaces? Are we supporting each other as much as we can? Are we willing to be led by others?” —Margaret (Lou) Brown, Generous Listening, Forum Online
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is abundant unstoppable ancestral love. As the first researcher to explore the archival papers of black feminist writers Audre Lorde, June Jordan and Lucille Clifton, she is accountable to bringing information and energy to her communities through poetic, visual and interactive educational art. Alexis is co-founder of Mobile…...Read More
Julia Roxanne Wallace (also known as Sangodare Akinwale) is a safe space for transformation. Julia is a filmmaker, multimedia collaborator & consultant, musician, composer, theologian and facilitator, building on her familial legacy of three generations of Black Baptist preachers working in communities in the South. Julia is the founder of…...Read More
Durham LGBTQ History Project
Luke Hirst is the founder of the Durham LGBTQ History Project. Previously, they served as the Oral History Coordinator for the Heirs to a Fighting Tradition project. Luke has spent ten years working in the nonprofit sector and has an educational background in journalism and documentary arts. Their work is…...Read More
Lisa McCarty’s work as a photographer, curator, and educator is driven by her interest in the origins of photography. She is particularly interested in how technology influences image production, as well as the material and associative evolution of images. Lisa is the Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke…...Read More
Kelly Wooten is the research services and collection development librarian for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, which is part of the Rubenstein Library, and Sexuality Studies Librarian for Duke Libraries. She does reference, instruction, and outreach for women's and LGBT history collections, as well as collecting…...Read More