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“A Homemade Field of Love”: Fannie Lou Hamer and Ecologies of Care with Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs

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Fannie Lou Hamer taught June Jordan. June Jordan taught Samiya Bashir. Samiya Bashir taught me. The phrase “a homemade field of love” comes from June Jordan’s poem in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer and also serves as a foundation for Samiya Bashir’s quantum poetry book Field Theories. Our time together will be an ecological oracle of care looking at how the concept of a “field” illuminates scales of care or doesn’t. Participants should come ready to do more than listen.

Featuring a guest introduction by Bryn Evans.

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