Pembroke Center

Pembroke Center Publics Initiative and Lecture Series

The Pembroke Center Publics Initiative and Lecture Series brings to Brown guests whose work in any sphere, from academics to activism and well beyond, contends with issues of gender and sexuality in a transformative manner.

As a feminist research center devoted to critical scholarship on the struggles faced by people across national and transnational contexts, especially those whose gender identity or sexual orientation make them targets of violence, the Pembroke Center addresses real-world questions and commitments. The Publics Lecture Series features speakers whose work exemplifies breakthrough creativity in attending to these questions.

Inaugural Publics Lecture

The Pembroke Center is delighted to announce that the inaugural Publics Lecture will be held on April 27, 2022, and will feature Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs photo Gumbs, who describes herself as a Queer Black Troublemaker and Black Feminist Love Evangelist, is a writer whose feminist critical and creative practice includes poetry, fiction, experimental writing, and founding a number of inventive initiatives. Those include the co-founding of a digital distribution initiative and the Black Feminist Film School, the founding of an online network and series of retreats and online intensives, the co-founding of UBUNTU A Women of Color Survivor-Led Coalition to End Gendered Violence, and work with Warrior Healers Organizing Trust and Earthseed Land Collective in Durham, NC. Gumbs also participated in the first visioning council of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Network and Southerners on New Ground, Allied Media Projects, Black Women’s Blueprint and the International Black Youth Summit.

Gumbs’s books include Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals; The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde: Biography as Ceremony (forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines; M Archive: After the End of the World; Dub: Finding Ceremony and Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity.

Complementary Programming

Gumbs’s book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity is a work of literary criticism based on the archive of freedom-seeking Black women, including Hortense J. Spillers. Audience members attending Gumbs’s lecture will have the chance to view the exhibition “Hortense J. Spillers: A Life Recorded” on the main floor of Pembroke Hall. The exhibition, which is part of the Pembroke Center’s 40th anniversary celebrations, features items from Spillers’s collection, which is housed in the Pembroke Center’s Feminist Theory Archive in the name of the Black Feminist Theory Project. 

Spillers exhibit artwork