LGBT Events

events for the academic year Fall 2014-Spring 2015
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Spring 2015 Events

Lecture:"The Benefits and Burdens of Social Recognition: Lesbian and Gay Interracial Intimacy in a 'Post-Racial' Society”(+)

Tuesday, February 3

Amy Steinbugler

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dickinson College

4:00pm, 060 Eggers

Additionally, the Sociology Graduate Student Association will have a student-led reading group before Steinbugler’s visit.  On Friday January 30th we will meet to discuss the introduction to her ’s book, Beyond Loving, and a chapter called “Hiding in Plain Sight” excerpted from Interracial Relationships in the 21st century (Smith and Hattery, Eds.  Carolina Academic Press, 2009).  Any students interested in joining this reading group should contact Elizabeth Daniele <>

Organized by the Sociology Department

Lecture: Stretching the Boundaries of Liberalism: Revolutionary “Equality” in the Rhetoric of Get Equal(+)

Thursday, February 12

Dana Cloud

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Dana Cloud is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at University of Texas at Austin. An activist scholar, she teaches and conducts research in the areas of feminist, Marxist, and postmodern theory; social movements, particularly labor; race and gender in the media; and rhetorical criticism. Professor Cloud is the author of two books, Consolation and Control in Popular and Political Culture: Rhetorics of Therapy and We ARE the Union: Democracy and Dissent at Boeing. In this lecture, Cloud draws on the work of feminist theorist Zillah Eisenstein to find an alternative to the competing liberal and radical visions and strategies within the LGBTQ movement, arguing that the demand for full inclusion—such as that voiced in the fight for gay marriage—usefully stretches the rhetoric of equal rights; struggles won on this basis lay the ground for more system-challenging aims.

Presented by the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

RADIODRESS: thunder and flowers: queer aurality(+)

Artist Reena Katz aka Radiodress will visit Syracuse for a week-long residency from February 23-27, 2015.

Workshop Times:

Monday, Feb 23, 2:30pm-5:30pm - Shaffer Art Building
Friday, Feb 27, 10:00am-1:00pm - Shaffer Art Building

She will conduct sound-based thunder and flowers: queer aurality workshops for students in select TRM 154: Interconnected Studios classes. Participation is enthusiastically open to a limited number of LGBT Studies Grad and Undergrad students, registration required. Please email Jessica Posner at to register.

thunder and flowers: queer aurality 
is an embodied sound workshop, exploring the intersection of our sensual selves and the power of collective voice. Using strategies stemming from Radiodress' material and meditation practices, participants experience a wild assortment of delightful resonances in and outside their bodies. Through the use of mystical sound meditations, movement, collective reading and improvised play, workshop participants deepen their understanding of the human voice in its multiple dimensions, and open their awareness to the possibilities of connected radical action.

Reena Katz aka Radiodress uses live and recorded talking, singing, yelling and listening to consider bodies as sites of knowledge, and communication as a political practice. Through guided audience participation in public space, Katz highlights the relationship between collective voice and the empathic act of listening. Her projects have been performed widely in North America, Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. love takes the worry out of being close: public assemblies in bed with queers premiered in April at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of HATCH 2013. Radiodress' current project, Skunk's Hollow Songs will open this spring at the Worker's Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Her monthly radio show, Republic of Love: art and cultural resistance can be found online

Sponsored by the Department of Transmedia, College of Visual and Performing Arts and the LGBT Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.

Please email Jessica Posner at to register, or for more information.

“Writing In-Between, Living In-Between”: A Creative Nonfiction Reading(+)

Thursday, February 26

Minnie-Bruce Pratt event
4:00pm, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library (first floor)

On the occasion of Prof. Minnie Bruce Pratt's retirement, former students will read from their creative nonfiction writing inspired by the SU organizing in fall 2014.

4:00 to 5:15 pm: Welcome & Readings

5:15 to 6:00 pm:  Reception


Sponsored by the Writing Program, the Department of Women's & Gender Studies, & the LGBT Studies Program.

This event is part of: #Feminisms, a series of events sponsored by the Department of Women's & Gender Studies, engaging contemporary feminisms in words, actions, images, and ideas.

The Nonfiction Reading Series sponsored by the Syracuse University Writing Program.  Initiated in 2008 by Professor Eileen Schell, the Nonfiction Reading Series features local, national, and international writers of all types of nonfiction. Past readers have included Cheryl StrayedMary KarrGeorge SaundersStephen Kuusisto, and Susan Faludi.


Computer-Aided Real-time Translation of the texts being read will be projected on an overhead screen.

The reading is free and open to SU students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

March 2: Ann Cvetkovich (University of Texas, Austin)(+)

Monday, March 2

1:30pm: Mini-seminar on her book Depression: A Public Feeling 

Interested graduate students should contact Roger Hallas ( to register for the mini-seminar as seating is limited.


6:30pm:  Lecture: “Archival Turns and Queer Affective Methods”

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library (first floor)

ASL interpretation will be available at this lecture.

Ann Cvetkovich is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

The talk draws from my book in progress, which chronicles the recent proliferation of LGBTQ archives as a point of departure for a broader inquiry into the power of archives to transform public histories.  The push for LGBTQ state recognition, civil rights, and cultural visibility has been accompanied by a desire for the archive – a claim that the recording and preservation of LGBTQ history is an epistemic right.   Yet new LGBTQ archival projects must also respond to historical and theoretical critiques, including decolonizing ones, that represent archives as forms of epistemological domination and surveillance or as guided by an impossible desire for stable knowledge.  I address these tensions through case histories of actual archives, as well as projects by artists whose creative and queer approaches to the archives are simultaneously critical and transformative.  Today’s talk will focus on artists working in a range of genres, including drawing, painting, photography, and fiction, who create archives by moving from one medium to another. As experiments in archival preservation, these innovative media practices grapple with the materiality of the archive in order to reveal its ephemeral and affective dimensions. 

Presented by LGBT Studies. Co-sponsored by the Departments of: EnglishPsychologyReligion and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Performing Black Masculinities and Same-Sex Desires A Humanities Center Spring Symposium(+)

Wednesday, March 18-Thursday March 19

E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Washington University, St. Louis.

CO-PRESENTERS: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

CO-SPONSORS: The Departments of African American StudiesHistorySociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, theDemocratizing Knowledge Project and the Community Folk Art Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wendy Cohen Fund for Cultural and Artistic Enrichment, Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales(+)

Wednesday, March 18

Performance by E. Patrick Johnson 

7:00pm Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee St.


Breakfast seminar on Black Queer Studies(+)

Thursday, March 19

9:30am 304 Tolley

Professors Johnson and McCune will facilitate an informal seminar on the state of black queer studies, including discussion of issues around methodological innovation and professionalization. 


Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing(+)

Thursday, March 19

5:30pm, 123 Sims 

Lecture by Jeffrey Q. McCune



Reel Queer Film Festival(+)

Friday April 3-Sunday April 5

Reel Queer Film Festival

Organized by Open Doors

Program details TBA

Writing, Performing, Producing Difference: Residency with Caribbean Artists Rita Indiana and Noelia Quintero(+)

Thursday, April 23-Friday, April 24


Acclaimed Dominican novelist, musician, and performance artist Rita Indiana and Puerto Rican filmmaker Noelia Quintero examine the intersections of contemporary Caribbean identities with gender, class, race, and sexual politics in their creative work, both as individual artists and jointly, through their work with the music group Los Misterios. During this residency, students and faculty will be able to experience live performance and film screenings and to interact with the artists through discussions and a mini-seminar examining issues of collaboration, translation, migration, and nation.

CO-SPONSORS:  The Departments of Art & Music HistoriesEnglishLanguages, Literatures and Linguistics and Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Latin American Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies programs in theCollege of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Screening of La motora roja tiene que aparecer (Noelia Quintero)(+)

Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm

Gifford Auditorium, H.B. Crouse Hall

Mini-Seminar & Reading(+)

Friday, April 24

Mini-seminar: 10:00am Preregister by email to

Tolley Humanities Building, Room 304

Reading: 7:00pm

La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St.



Fall 2014 events

Sept.15: "Women or Persons? The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom Campaigns"(+)

"Women or Persons? The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom Campaigns"

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2014 4:00p.m.

Maxwell Auditorium

Wendy Brown

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture

Transgender activists have petitioned Planned Parenthood and NARAL to rename their health clinics and reproductive justice campaigns to remove references to gender. They argue that a focus on "women's health" and "women's control over their bodies" excludes transgender people who do not identify as women yet need reproductive services and advocacy. Planned Parenthood, while wanting to be LGBTQ inclusive, has been reluctant to surrender its focus on women, especially because of the link between women's historical lack of control over reproduction and women's social and economic status. Brown explores this conundrum, and broader concerns in contemporary social theory and social movements.

Brown is a distinguished feminist scholar at UC Berkeley, specializing in political theory and critical theory: Wendy Brown

Co-sponsored by The Renée Crown University Honors Program, The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, The LGBT Studies Program, The LGBT Resource Center, The Writing Program, The Department of Philosophy, The Center for Cultural Foundations of Education

Sept.18-20: SU Human Rights Film Festival(+)

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