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Reading Group for Faculty/Grads: Transgender and Transracial

September 7, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

"Is Transracial the New Transgender?: Rogers Brubaker's Trans and Other Useful Tools for Analyzing a Contemporary Vitriolic Debate"

Since June 2015, when then-President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, WA, Nkechi Amare Diallo, more commonly known under her birth name Rachel Dolezal, was outed as White by her birth parents, the question of transracialism has generated considerable controversy.

General Lecture: Gayle Rubin (Michigan)

October 17, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Year of Diversity/Provost, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, and GSWS

Gay Sex and the Post-Industrial City: Leathermen and San Francisco's South of Market

CFP: Colloquium on Gender/Sexuality and Childhood

Call for Papers: "Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century," April 6-7, 2018

Interdisciplinary Programs to Host Graduate Orientation and Welcome

On August 31 in suite 401 Cathedral of Learning, the following five interdisciplinary programs in the humanities will host a joint orientation and welcome reception for graduate students interested in earning doctoral and master's certificates:


First Steering Committee of the Year

September 8, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

GSWS Faculty meeting

August 24, 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm

PACWC Lecture and Reception in Honor of New Women Faculty

October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Amanda Godley (School of Education)

Lecture: "Gender, Intersectionality, and Equity in U.S. Schools"

Hosted jointly by the Provost's Office and GSWS

REAL BOY Film Screening and Q&A with Director

November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Year of Healthy U, and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. 

Real Boy, a 2016 documentary directed by Shaleece Haas, is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son.

Lecture: “The Unkindest cut of All”: Coloniality, Performance and Gender in the Courtroom and Beyond"

October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Chloé Georás, University of Puerto Rico

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Program, the Humanities Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and Professor John Beverley. 

On June 23, 1993, in Manassas, Virginia, after years of physical and verbal abuse that, according to testimony, culminated in another episode of marital rape, Lorena Bobbit took an eight-inch red-handled steak knife from her kitchen and cut off the penis of her husband and ex-Marine, John Wayne Bobbitt. She drove off with the penis and later discarded it on a grassy lot, where it was recovered by a police rescue mission and succesfully reattached to her husband. John Wayne was tried and acquitted of marital rape charges. 

Lecture by Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder (English)

November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
"The 'crooked stitches' of Desire: Sewing and Sexual Awakening in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple”

My talk revisits Alice Walker’s award-winning novel The Color Purple as a work of literary activism and asks the question: What if we place queer love at the center of the black freedom struggle? I examine how Walker’s novel speaks into archival silences of women activists and the personal relationships they formed by examining a hidden history that shaped the novel: the cooperative movement of the 1960s and 1970s, organized predominantly by grassroots women activists. I argue that Walker commemorates a legacy of women’s social movement activism—a distinct yet essential part of the civil rights movement—by placing a lesbian love story at the heart of the social and political turmoil of the Jim Crow south. In doing so, The Color Purple builds a collective memory of queer southern life. This talk explores the terrain of the queer south by placing Walker in conversation with E. Patrick Johnson and Scott Herring, asking how we might give voice to queer identity in a space that eschews and evades the traditional lexicon. To that end, I look at how Walker theorizes intersectionality through a narrative in which race, gender, and sexuality are inseparable from class issues and the pervasive weight of poverty.  

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