University at Albany

Joan E. Schulz Annual Lecture

We are pleased to announce that documentary filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons will deliver the Schulz Lecture on November 14, 2013. The title of her talk is "AfroLez®femcentric Perspectives on Coloring and Queering Gender-Based Violence."

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. She is presently an adjunct faculty member in the Women's Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies program at Temple University where she teaches both Graduate Introduction to Feminist Theor, and Gay and Lesbian Lives, an undergraduate course which examines the her/histories and contemporary realities of LGBTQ people in all of their diversity. Additionally, in the spring 2013 semester, she created, developed and taught the graduate and undergraduate seminar titled, Audre Lorde: The Life and Work of a Silence Breaker.

In 1992, she founded AfroLez® Productions, an AfroLez®femcentric multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image, the written and spoken word to address those issues which have a negative impact on marginalized and disenfranchised people.

Simmons is the producer, writer, and director of the award winning NO! The Rape Documentary, which explores the international atrocity of heterosexual rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. Subtitled in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia.

Ms. Simmons is a member of the editorial collective of the online magazine The Feminist Wire. Additionally, she blogs at AfroLez®femcentric Perspectives ( You can follow her on twitter at @AfroLez and connect with her on Facebook through her Cultural Worker page.

The lecture and reception that preceeds it will be held in historic Rockefeller Institute, 411 State Street, Albany, NY. The reception begins at 6 p.m.; the lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

The reception is one of our fundraising efforts for the Schulz Lectureship. Please download the RSVP for the reception here. The deadline for response is November 8, 2013.