A one day workshop
INSTRUCTOR: Osizwe Raena Harwell
Time: Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Date: August 24, 2019
Cost: Love Offering (suggested $25 per class, but no one turned away due to lack of funds)
This informal lunch workshop will commemorate Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Month with a book talk by author Osizwe Raena Harwell. Osizwe will share themes and excerpts from her critical biography This Woman’s Work: The Writing and Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell.
The workshop will explore common themes of mental illness, bias, and stigma, along with a look into Bebe Moore Campbell, her personal story, her work, and her legacy. This year’s Lunch and Learn with focus on the spiritual tools of mental health and wellness and self-care tools for individuals and families coping with mental illness.
Dr. Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell is a veteran educator, consultant, and public scholar, whose work examines contemporary black women’s activism; contemporary black fiction; mental health, wellness and self-care; and black lesbian motherhood. Her first book, This Woman’s Work: The Writing and Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell, debuted in June 2016. She received her Ph.D. in African American studies at Temple University. As a public scholar, she has presented workshops, keynote speeches, and trainings for audiences of all ages.
Osizwe has taught at Georgia State University, Temple University, and Princeton University. She is currently the Dean of School Culture and Socioemotional Learning and Administrative Leader with the Kindezi Charter School Network in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living. She is a contributing author to the forthcoming edited volume, Womanism Rising edited by Layli Phillips Maparyan. Osizwe’s latest body of work examines her experience as a “black lesbian solo-mother by choice” while continuing the work of activism, self-care, and wellness.