Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum


Recent Publications and Presentations, 2005

“Hope for peace is heartened by DNA evidence that all humans are descendants of an African mother…” presented at the Permanent Convention of Women Against War, Bari, Italy, February 6-7.

“Dopo la Dea.” Presented to women’s spirituality conference organizers at the Armonia Center, Bologna, Italy, February 20–21.

Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers (iUniverse, 2001). Italian edition (La Madre O-Scura), Cosenza, Italy: Media Mediterranea, 2004.

Dark Mother of Sardinia Study Tour, Sardinia, May–June.

Received an award from the American Immigration Law Foundation as one of five “extraordinary Italian Americans,” honored for scholarship and civil rights activism; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 11.

“Remembering Our Black Mother.” Presented at the XXI Valcamonica Symposium on Prehistoric and Tribal Art: New Discoveries, New Interpretations, New Research Methods; also presented Italian edition of Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers (La Madre O-Scura); Darfo-Boario Terme (Bs), Italy, September 8-14.

“Dark Mother: An Emerging New Paradigm Replacing the Hegemony of White Western Elites.” Presented at the 16th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Temple University and Ankh Institute, Philadelphia, October 1.

Acceptance of Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers for a French edition by Menaibuc, an African press located in Paris; for distribution in Europe, Africa, and Latin America, October 2.

Honorary Lecturer: University of California, San Diego, Italian Department. Presented paper on “Dark Mother,” November 12.

Lecturer in public series: Faiths of the World, San Diego Public Library, November.

Served as editor for Volume 1 of an anthology entitled She is Everywhere! An Anthology of Writing in Womanist/ Feminist Spirituality (iUniverse, March 2005), featuring papers by students and faculty in the CIIS Women’s Spirituality program. Wrote “Preface by a Strega Nonna” for volume 1.

“Gathering Consensus on the ‘Dark Mother.’” Presented at the Conference on the Virgin, Galeria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, California, December 11.