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Calendar of Events

  • April 14-15
    2nd Biennial LGBTQ Scholars of Color National Conference
    New York City
    Apply by Jan 9.
  • Wednesday, April 12
    WGS Inaugural Event 
    • Dr. Uri McMillan, UCLA
      "Being Otherwise, Being Grace Jones: Surface Aesthetics, Disco Commons, and Sensuous Acts of Knowing”
      2:15 p.m.
      Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
    • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Reception
      3:30 p.m.
      Lobby, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
  • April 3-7
    UT Sex Week
  • Monday, March 27
    Dr. Beverly Weber (Associate Professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder)
    "Refugees and Roma: The Politics of Welcome and Hospitality"
    The dramatic rise in numbers of refugees entering Germany from 2014 to 2016 has elicited worldwide attention, even as the “welcome culture” seen as enabling this influx has already been deemed a failure in much of the English-language and German-language press.
    Similarly, recent coverage about the conditions facing European Roma often relies on a similar language of “welcome” and “helping.” In her talk, Professor Weber argues that expectations of refugee gratitude and likeability foreclose an acknowledgement of racism through a politics of good feeling. When refugees and Roma are deemed ungrateful or unresponsive to hospitality and welcome, the closing of borders is seen as legitimate.
    4:00 PM
    Hodges Library, Room. 252
    Sponsored by: The UT Department of Modern Foreign Languages, the Center for Social Justice, and the Cinema Studies program. Hosted by the UT German program
  • Monday, March 27
    Dr. Phillip Ayoub (Political Science, Drexel University)
    "When States ‘Come Out’:  The Politics of Visibility and the Diffusion of Sexual Minority Rights in Europe"
    Dr. Ayoub will discuss the recent history of the transnational LGBT movement in Europe, focusing on the diffusion of the norms it champions and the overarching question of why, despite similar international pressures, the trajectories of socio-legal recognition for LGBT minorities are so different across states. In this talk, Ayoub suggests new domestic preconditions and international pathways for socio-legal change. He makes the case that a politics of visibility is central to norm diffusion.
    12:10 - 1:25 PM
    Hodges Library, Room 605
    Sponsored by the Intersectionality Community of Scholars, along Political Science, Psychology, Global Studies, WGS, and MFLL
  • Monday, March 27
    Professor Tze-lan Sang, Michigan State, public lecture on Taiwanese women documentary filmmakers
    3:30 PM
    McClung Museum Auditiorium
    Co-sponsored by Asian Studies and WGS
  • Monday, March 27
    Meet and greet with  Professor Tze-lan Sang
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Mary Greer Room
  • Wednesday, March 22
    Dr. Sonja Downing (Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, Lawrence Conservatory of Music)
    "Playing in the Dark: What We Can Learn from Girls’ Gamelans in Bali, Indonesia"
    The emergence and development of instrumental music groups in Bali just for girls over the last fifteen years is not only overturning long-held male dominance in realms of instrumental performance and ritual, but also illuminates the structures of social and musical collective action within these groups. Highlighting the words of young female musicians and their gamelan teachers, this talk will examine the current challenges the girls face, as well as the benefits they gain through their participation. A focus on the collectivity girls experience raises important questions for how we can better take advantage of musical ensemble opportunities for social justice purposes.
    Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, Room G25
  • Tuesday, March 21
    Professor Susan Lanser (Brandeis University)
    "Lesbian Modernity: Sapphic Subjects from Absolutism to Austen"
    Professor Lanser is the author most recently of The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2014).
    4 PM - 5 PM
    McClung Tower 1210
    Sponsored by The Transatlantic Enlightenment Seminar, UT Humanities Center
  • Tuesday, March 21
    Screening of  Wuna Wu’s “Let’s Fall in Love” (film about a matchmaker and marriage in contemporary Taiwan)
    3:30 PM
    Hodges Library Auditorium
  • Friday, March 3
    Dr. Tristan Bridges (College at Brockport, SUNY)
    “All that Glitters Isn’t Gay: Sexual Illegibility among Pro-Feminist Men”
    12:10 PM
    McClung  Tower 1210
    Sponsored by the Department of Sociology
  • Thursday, March 2
    Dr. Tristan Bridges (College at Brockport, SUNY)
    “Men, Masculinity, and Feminist Change”
    12:10 PM
    McClung Tower 1210
    Sponsored by the Department of Sociology
  • Friday, February 3
    "Queer as Trad: LGBTQ Musicians, Materiality, and Embodiment in Irish Traditional Music in the United States,"
    Haslam Music Center Room G22
  • Wednesday, February 1
    Human Trafficking:  Too Close to Home
    5:30 PM
    UTK Baker Center, Toyota Auditorium
  • Mondays throughout the Spring 2017
    OUT Film Series featuring documentaries on a wide range of LGBTQIA+ issues
    6 pm to 8 pm
    Hodges 213
    See for schedule and films

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