Decolonization: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Vincent Nsengiyumva,Indigenous Rwandan drummer and dancer

“Decolonization: What’s Love Got to Do With It?” is a day-long festival that takes place September 25, 2021 at Goddard College. The program examines the ongoing impact of settler colonialism, and asks how we at Goddard can contribute to movements for decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty.  

The title, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” amplifies the voices of culture workers such as Chela Sandoval who advocates for a “hermeneutics of love,” and Leanne Betamosake Simpson, who wrote in Islands of Decolonial Love, that the kind of love her “characters long for intuitively, is the only kind of love that could liberate them from that horrible legacy of colonial violence.”  

Organized by the Seattle Education program, the Undergraduate Program, and the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program, the event will launch with a festival of interdisciplinary arts celebrating the cultural work of decolonial love.

The festival will be hosted by the Seattle Education Program’s residency on September 25, 2021 and opens at 10:00 am Pacific time, with activities throughout the day, closing at 3:00 pm Pacific Time. 

Please join us in celebrating the arts of resisting colonialism.

Decolonization: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Festival Program

September 25

Noe Teófilo Ramírez, Producer

(Virtual and in-Person @ EDU SEA Residency) 

All times Pacific Standard Time

10:00 Welcome, Land Acknowledgement

10:15 Roger Fernandes Storytelling

10:45 Puerto Rican Bomba Traditions with Christian Galarza Boyrié & Grupo Bayano

11:00 Ewajo Dance … Celebrating, Honoring, & Remembering with Edna Daigre

11:30 Khromanti Drummers and Dancers

12:00 Lunch Break

12:30 Eritrean Coffee Ceremony with Aster and Saadia Hamid

1:00 Vincent Nsengiyumva, Indigenous Rwandan drummer and dancer

1:30 Martha Cano sharing about CeAtl Tonalli Traditional Aztec Dance (EDU)

1:45 Break

2:00 Come to the Circle – Ty Defoe 

3:00  Closing

Grupo Bayano performs at 10:45 during the festival

For more information, please contact:

JuPong Lin

Renée Almatierra 

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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