Sharon Bridgforth and Luz Guerra
Sharon Bridgforth and Luz Guerra, Kirkland Project 2002 artists-in-residence, were on campus for the month of February, 2002. Sharon Bridgforth is the author of the bull-jean stories; performance stories published by RedBone Press. the bull-jean stories received the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for best book by a small press. As a touring artist Bridgforth has presented her work nationally at the prestigious Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN., The Theatre Offensive Out on The Edge Festival in Boston, MA., LaPena in Berkeley, CA., The Michigan Womyns Music Festival, and many other venues around the country. Bridgforths script no mo blues received a nomination for the Osborn Award (sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association) in 1997; She is an eligible participant in the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Artists & Communities residency partner for the millennium; And she has been granted a N.E.A. commission to write a new work for Frontera @ Hyde Park Theatre (Austin, TX). Bridgforth is a N.E.A./T.C.G. Playwright in Residence at Frontera @ Hyde Park Theatre for 1999/2000; Her newest performance piece titled, con flama, received the Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund Award in support of Frontera @ Hyde Park Theatres premiere of con flama and the collaboration between Bridgforth (playwright), Laurie Carlos (director) and Lourdes Perez (composer).
Luz Guerra has worked for over 25 years as an organizer, facilitator and activist. As an adult educator and historian she has focused on social oppressions in the U.S., women and social change in Latin America, and organizational health and capacity building. Ms. Guerra has designed curriculum and conducted trainings as diverse as unlearning racism, addressing internalized oppression, popular economics for women, and meeting facilitation. As a moderator, Ms. Guerras experiences are diverse: she has coordinated neighborhood meetings on housing; organized international dialogues on women and war; and co-coordinated a Midwest gathering of HIV/AIDS service providers and consumers. She has conducted research on technical assistance and capacity building for community organizations serving communities of color, and was commissioned to write a report on the topic by the Funding Exchange. Ms Guerra is currently based in San Antonio, Texas, where she works as an independent consultant. Some of her current projects include facilitator trainings for the Esperanza Centers Community School in San Antonio, and working on a series of community dialogues hosted by MACLA in San Jose, California. Ms. Guerra serves on the board of the Indigenous Womens Network, and teaches classes for young adults on the history of people of color in the U.S. as a community service.
Sharon and Luz taught the following half-credit course:
College 231: Point of Entry: Radical Writing/Historical Context in the Americas
Combining theory and practice, students will explore the questions: in whose voice has the history of the Americas been told? what happens when we redefine our point of entry? how do we begin to examine and dismantle structures of oppression in society and within our ways of thinking? Students will craft creative responses to their readings and present their work publicly. Limited to 16. Guerra and Bridgforth.
In addition to teaching this class, Sharon and Luz interacted with members of the College community through lectures, workshops, performances, guest appearances in classes and in more informal settings.
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