A Reading and Discussion of Purposeful Memoir by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road, Great Barrington, 4 p.m.

Purposeful memoir excavates the individual and societal past in order to understand the present and envision the future we want to live. How did we get here, both personally and as a society? And where do we want to go from here? How can we be the change we want to see, contributing our personal experience and talents to a broader movement for social and ecological health and balance? Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez will read from her forthcoming memoir, in which she explores the narrative of her own life as a means of grappling with the contemporary environmental crises that beset us all. Following the reading, an interactive discussion and guided writing exercise will bring these big questions and concerns back to the ground of our own life experience, understanding each of us as a microcosm of the human experience on
the planet.

IMG_1977Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and has edited two anthologies of contemporary women’s writing from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, she has also hosted an annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day for more than a decade. She blogs on social and environmental justice from a personal perspective at Transition Times.