Dismantling the Academy
I was a young academic when I first heard a colleague quote Audre Lorde: “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” It resonated immediately in the context in which I heard it — in a gathering of religion scholars of color. The quote lived quietly in my heart for a long time. As I moved from a faculty role into more administrative work, the words stayed with me though they no longer informed text selection, course design, or other personal pedagogical practices.
Originally published: November 8, 2023
Author: Mary Dana Hinton
Institution: Hollins University
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education