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FSP@PPG: Archiving LGBTQ+ Lives

December 1st, 2016
12:00 PM


Thursday, December 1, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Power Plant Gallery
320 Blackwell St.
American Tobacco Campus
Durham, NC

Light lunch served.

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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.

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.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Mobile Homecoming

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 Homecoming and the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an intergalactic community school where she hosts retreats, online courses, community workshops and launches curriculum at organizations and campuses around the world.  Alexis is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Julia Roxanne Wallace

Mobile Homecoming

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 Queer Renaissance, a multimedia movement based on the premise that we can create the world anew; co-founder of Mobile Homecoming, a national intergenerational experiential archive project that amplifies generations of Black LGBTQ brilliance, and co-founder of Black Feminist Film School. 

Luke Hirst

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 motivated by their belief in the power of stories to connect, heal, and create change.

Lisa McCarty

Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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 University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies. In her work in the Archive, Lisa promotes, preserves, and provides access to audio, moving images, photography, and text from around the world related to the documentary endeavor for the purpose of inspiring reflection, research, creative expression, and dialogue in this moment, and for generations to come.

Kelly Wooten

Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture

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 zines and other materials documenting modern feminist activism.