Lectures

Queer Studies Lecture Series Spring 2017

Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department

Mondays, 12:05-12:55, Ives Hall 101
All Lectures Free and Open to All

1/30 Fresh! White, "It's You!; Mindfulness and Self-care, Are the Path to Powerful Change."

Fresh! White, is a Professional Certified Coach, facilitator and mindfulness teacher. He is a contributing author to, Trans Bodies Trans Selves, a health, legal and cultural resource guide for community members and service providers, and Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. As a coach, Fresh! supports executives, entrepreneurs, artists and coaches with living their goals and dreams. He started the Bay Area's first Transgender Mindfulness group. He isalso on the team the SF LGBT Cente's Trans Employment Project, supporting Trans• folkswith achieving their career goals. Fresh! ison the boards of the SF Trans March, TDOV and TDOR.

2/6 Sarah Schulman, "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair."

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS Historian. Her honors include a Guggenheim in Playwrighting,a FuIbright in Judaic Studies, and The Kessler Prize for Significant Contribution to LGBT Studies. She is co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org), co-producer of the film UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP, on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and Faculty Advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island where she is a Distinguished Professor.

2/13 Honey Mahogany, "A History of Honey: A journey of self-discovery, performance art, and queer identity politics."

Honey Mahogany gained world-wide fame asa cast memberon Season5 of the reality television cult phenomenon, RuPaul's Drag Race. Named San Franciscds Best Drag Cabaret performer by the Bay Area Reporter, and a sought after performer and emcee across the country, Honey is also a social worker, community organizer, and a founding member of the Stud Collective (the first queer bar co-op in the country).

2/20 Brooke Lober, "Women Against Imperialism: Feminist Activism, both Personal and Political"

Brooke Lober is a longtime participant in grassroots social movements and creative subcultures, which produce the materials and philosophies she engages in her classrooms, and in her work as a feminist cultural historian. At Sonoma State University's Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Lober teaches intersectional feminist/queer studies through investigations into critical theory and cultural production. In her research and writing, Lober studies late 20th century feminisms as they converge with the anti-imperialist and anti-colonial movements that exploded in the wake of 1968; in collaboration with the Freedom Archives, Lober is director of the Women Against Imperialism Oral History Project.

2/27 Emily Hobson, "Liberation Through Solidarity: Lessons from the Gay and Lesbian Left"

Emily K. Hobson is a scholar of LGBTQ history and radical social movements in the postwar United States. She is the author of Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left (University of California Press,2016). Hobson serves as Assistant Professor of History and of Gender, Race, and ldentity at the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned her PhD in
American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.

3/6 Cáel Keegan, "Thick with the Future: Bound and the Utopian Queer/Trans Horizon"

Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Studies in Sex and Gender, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, Transgender Studies Quarterly, MedieKultur, Social Alternatives, and Spectator. His book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski:
Imaging Transgender
, will be published in the Contemporary Film Directors Series of the University of Illinois Press.

3/27 Aron Kantor, "Playing With Gender and Sexuality in Queer Film"

Aron Kantor is a filmmaker and artist focused on investigating gender identity and queer sexuality through engaging visuals and absurd humor. His films have been presented in galleries and screened in over 80 film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, where his film Deviance was awarded best underground short film in 2015. In 2015 he was named Best Filmmaker in the Bay Guardian newspaper, and was awarded a grant from the Endeavor Foundation for the Arts. In 2016 his film Folsom Street won best short at the Fetische Film Festival.

4/3 Faith Cheltenham, "Intersection Electric: An Interactive Tour of Black and Bisexual Histories/Culture (with games!)"

As BiNet USA's President, Faith Cheltenham works to advocate for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer (bi+) communities. Faith got her start in LGBTQIA advocacy as a Human Rights Campaign intern on the Gore 2000 campaign, and in 2002, she co-founded UCLA's BlaQue for LGBT students of African descent. In 2006, she appeared inthe Emmy winning reality series on race in America, "Black. White." produced by Ice Cube for FX Networks. After spending time working in corporate America doing digital
branding for Macmillan and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, Faith started focusing full time on bisexual advocacy in 2011. In 2013, Faith co-organized the first bisexual community issues roundtable at the White House and in 2014, she was honored to meet President Obama privately alongside other LGBT leaders before witnessing the President sign an Executive Order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Faith writes on bisexual community issues, people of
color community concerns and other topics for South Florida Gay News, Huffington Post, BiNet USA and thefayth.net, her personal blog. Faith identities herself as a Black bisexual intersex queer woman of color. She has a biracial family and is the proud parent of a gender expansive child, Storm (age 4). Faith lives in Los Angeles where she's also stepmom to Cadence (age 8) and is married to Matt, a Lead developer at Grindr.

4/10 Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción and Juliana Delgado Lopera, "Unearthing Queer Latinidad"

Juliana Delgado Lopera is known as a writer, educator and spoken-word performer. She's the author of "¡Cuent amelo!" - an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by GBT Latina and Latino immigrants. She serves as executive director of RADAR Productions, which orgarnzes queer Iiterary programs.

Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción started his career as a contemporary art curator in Puerto Rico. He went on to receive an MA in curatorial practice at San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He's the founder of Cranium Corporation, a platform for dialogue about art, artists and exhibitions.

4/17 Johanna Brieding, "Epitaph for Family"

Johanna Breiding's practice stems from photography, considering the mediurn's history, its representational role and limits. Expanding to video and installation, to emphasize voice, movement and experiential pathos, Breiding locates her work within the intersection of analog and digital technologies, the construction of gender and cultural identity, and a critique of heternormative ideologies within the personal and sociaI space. Her recent solo show, Epitaph for Family, addresses notions of queerfamily-making, exploring love, intimacy and loss through the image and connotations of the horizon line and the dinner table. Breiding currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in New Genres at the San Frandsco Art Institute.She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and originally from a small viiIage in Switzerland.

4/24 Anna Mollow, "Fat Justice Is Totally Queer"

Anna Mollow, a Lecturer in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University, is the coeditor, with Robert McRuer, of Sex and Disability (Duke Univeristy Press, 2012). Her articles on disability, fatness, race, gender, and queerness have appeared in Bitch magazine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Autostraddle, Hypatia, Women's Studies Quarterly, African American Review, and many other locations.

5/1 Mia Satya, "Trans Resistance to Trump"

Mia Satya is a trailblazing community organizer with over a decade of advocacy experience. Mia Satya has served on over 10 committees in 5 San Francisco city government departments and played key roles inthe reauthorization of the Children's Fund that secured $150 million a year in critical services. Mia is the first transsexual graduate of Emerge, the premiere statewide political training program for women. In 2016 Mia was honored as San Fransisco Pride Grand Marshall and was elected
delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Mia Satya is the founder of All Out: the LGBTQ+ Political Pipeline, which educates and connects youth to create change.

 

The Queer Studies Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the WGS Department, Queer Studies Minor, SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program, Associated Students Productions, HUB, and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies. Questions? Contact WGS Chair Don Romesburg: don.romesburg@sonoma.edu

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