Alka Arora Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum

Professor Emeritus
Women's Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, MA, BA, University of California, Berkeley

Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley ,1964. Feminist and cultural history and/or vernacular history of women and other subaltern classes.

Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Ph.D., is a feminist cultural historian whose books and classes emphasize the african origins of all humans . african legacy on migration paths to all continents, from 70,000 BCE to the present, conveying values of caring and sharing, justice with compassion, equality, and transformation. These themes are underlined in her book, Dark mother. African origins and godmothers (San Jose, New York, Shanghai, iUniverse, 2001), whose Italian edition was entitled La Madre O-Scura by Mediterranea Media, 2005, and whose Cameroun, Guadalupe, Paris, international and French edition, 2007 was entitled, La Mere Noire. In 2008 she was given an award for her commitment and research by the Menaibuc international conference in Paris, "Grande Protectrice des Nations Negres".

Her recent research, located at the confluence of feminist cultural history, matricentrist. and afrocentrist history, was presaged by Liberazione della donna. feminism in Italy (Wesleyan University Press, 1986, 1988) and by Black Madonnas. Feminism, religion, and politics in Italy (Northeastern University Press, 1994, 1997, 2000 ) followed by induction into the International african and African American Educators Hall of Fame, 1996, and given a Premio Internazionale di Saggistica S. Valitutti award in Salerno, Italy in 1998. In 2005, she founded a continuing series of anthologies of womanist~feminist writings : She is Everywhere! (San Jose, New York, Shanghai, ( iUniverse). Volume two of this anthology (gathered by Annette Williams, Karen Villanueva, and Lucia) was published Spring 2009.

Lucia's awards range from honoring her as a "Founding Mother of the Women's Spirituality program", California Institute of Integral Studies, 2003- - Serpentina Award for Excellence in Women's Writing, Oakland, 2003- - Immigration Lawyers award. Pittsburg, Pa. 2003 for scholarship and activism. . . to many invitations to international conferences, e.g., Progetto Ammazone, Palermo, November 2008 sponsored by the University of Palermo and the Italian Parliament, on origins and implications of women's breast cancer: "Dwelling Places of Time in Myth and Cell." Spring 2009 she was invited to the conference of Loyola University in Rome: "La Dea Madre in the Mediterranean." Fall 2009 conference of the American Italian Historical Association, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, "Legacy on African migration paths of caring, sharing, and healing."

Publication of Lucia's book in progress, Ancient Mothers of the Future. Transformational Legacy on African Migration Paths in the Mediterranean, is projected late 2010 by Laboratorio Poiesis, Alberobello, Italy.

"You've Come a Long Way, Bambina," Ladies Blue and Gold, Chronicle of the University of California. Vol. 1, Number 2. A Journal of University History, Fall, l998;. "Profile: independent scholar, Sicilian style," The Independent Scholar. A Newsletter for Independent Scholars and Their Organizations. Fall l987. "Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum," Voices of the daughters, ed., Connie A. Maglione and Carmen Anthony Fiore (Princeton, New Jersey, Townhouse Publishing, l989). Grace Cavalieri, "The witch of Appalachia, after Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum's Black Madonnas," l994. Poem, "To Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum on tour to Sicily," by Luciana Polney. Poem, "To Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum - Dutiful Iblean Daughter," by Patrizia Tavormina. "Portrait," Fall, l994 issue of the Viking Network Newsletter (alumni of Northeast High School, Kansas City, Missouri).

"Women strive for a world without violence," Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum,Guest Columnist, Kansas City Kansan, September 2l, l995. "Hillary, una regina verso la presidenza, Femminismo. Parla la studiosa americana Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum," La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, ll ottobre l998.


  • 2009. (in progress) "the future has an ancient heart. Legacy of transformation: african migrations throughout the world. Cases of Sicily, Sardinia and Italy, France, and Spain." Alberobello, , Italia, Laboratorio Poiesis, 2009)
  • 2009 (in progress) new updated edition, Liberazione della donna. Feminism in Italy. New prefaces: Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Simona Mafai, Pina Piccolo.
  • 2009 Volume 2, "She is Everywhere! Anthology of writing in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality. Gathered by Annette Williams, Karen Villanueva, Lucia C. Birnbaum. 
  • (New York, Norman, Shanghai, Universe. March, 2009).
  • 2007 la mere noire. origins africaines a travers les ages (Paris and Cameroun , Menaibuc Editions). June. (french and african translation of english edition of dark mother with distribution in Africa and the Caribbean.)
  • 2005. She is Everywhere! Anthology of Writing in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality
  • Gathered by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum Volume 1. (New York, Chicago, Lincoln, Shanghai, iUniverse)
  • 2004 La Madre O-scura. (italian edition of dark mother ). Collana, "Antiquam Matrem" (Cosenza, Italia, MEDiterranean MEDia).
  • 2001. dark mother . african origins, and godmothers. (San Jose, New York, Lincoln, Shanghai, iUniverse)
  • 1997. Black Madonnas. Femminismo, religione, e politica in Italia (Bari, Italia, Palomar Editrice).
  • 1994 Black Madonnas. Feminism, religion, and politics in Italy Boston, Northeastern University Press).
  • 1993. Unpublished revision of doctoral dissertation, "Behaviorists, Enlightened Behaviorists, and Democracy in the United States."
  • 1986, Liberazione della donna. Feminism in Italy (Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University Press). Paperback edition, paper, 1988.
  • 1981. La religione e le donne siculo americane (Casa Editrice Minori Cappuccini, Siracusa, Italia).

Significant Unpublished Papers include:

  • 2006 "Feminist Cultural History"
  • 2004 "Methodologies for Feminist Cultural History."
  • 2003. "Dark wheat and red poppies. Notes of a sicilian/american woman's journey to knowing the african origins and inherent spirituality of all humans, knowledge that can non-violently evaporate racism, sexism, imperialism, and war." An essay on epistemology for students in my classes.

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