One of the women who has had an enduring influence on my thinking is my college professor from Hunter College, Audre Lorde. In addition to being a writer, doer, lover and public intellectual, she was a great teacher. One day Audre told us to take out our notebooks and said, “Write this down! Write this down!…That you ‘can’t fight City Hall’ is a rumor being spread by City Hall…Write that down.” That insight has given me strength many many times in my life and I have shared it with my students as well.
The POV documentary A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde premiered on PBS in 1996. Sarah Schulman teaches English at the College of Staten Island.