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The Cost of Getting Better Ecologies of Sex, Race, and DisabilityThe Cost of Getting Better
Ecologies of Sex, Race, and Disability
September 23, 2011   4:00pm 
Beam Classroom – VAC (Visual Arts Center) 

Professor Jasbir Puar of Rutgers University is one of the most important voices in queer theory in the world right now. Her book, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, is a tour-de-force, groundbreaking work that has brought her international acclaim. Melding work in continental philosophy, post-colonial theory, critical race studies, disability studies and queer theory, Puar’s scholarship reads the place of “queer” - and of celebrations of inclusion, tolerance, and diversity - with a critical eye, often in the context of a global world increasingly structured by neo-liberalism and its inequalities and curtailments. In this talk, Puar considers the liabilities of the It Gets Better project

Sunday and Monday, May 1 and 2, 2011
Lecture: Bad Education - Learning Nothing from Queers.Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Screenings of Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education

Screenings of Pedro Almodóvar's "Bad Education" will take place on Sunday May 1 and Monday May 2, in advance of a lecture by Tufts University English professor Lee Edelman on Tuesday May 3.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Beam Classroom - Visual Arts Center, 7:00 pm
Lecture: Bad Education - Learning Nothing from Queers.
Tufts University English Professor Lee Edelman will give a lecture titled Bad Education: Learning Nothing from Queers, where "after establishing a theoretical framework in order to understand the ideological structures within which the value of education derives (by drawing on the writings of Rousseau, Pascal, Derrida and de Man), the talk then traces their consequences by focusing on a couple of passages from Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education."

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Lecture Fund, Education, English, Film Society, Film Studies, and Gay & Lesbian Studies

Bowdoin Gay and Lesbian Studies

"Good Sex? Religion and Sexuality in Film"
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center  4:00 p.m.
Screening of “A Jihad for Love
Discussion led by the director Parvez Sharma

7:00 p.m.
Screening of "Trembling Before God"
Discussion to follow

Friday, October 29, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Screening of "For the Bible Tells Me So"
Discussion to follow led by Religion Professor Elizabeth Pritchard and Bowdoin Senior Jus Foster

Part of the QTRC’s “Proud of My Whole Self: Exploring Intersectionality in Identity” and the “24 College Let’s Talk About Sex” series.

Sponsored by Department of Religion, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, BQSA, Department of Film Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Bowdoin Hillel, Department of English, Muslim Student Association, Office of Multicultural Programs, and Office of Residential Life.

Tomorrow's Parties: A Queer Americanist ColloquiumFriday and Saturday, April 30 & May 1, 2010
Tomorrow's Parties: A Queer Americanist Colloquium

An important recent development in queer studies has been a turn to considerations of temporality - of time - as a way to reimagine questions about sex and history, the body and social life, and the place of queer people in the stories we tell about the past and, especially, the future. This two-day mini-conference features some of the most prominent young scholars in the overlapping fields of queer studies and American studies who will gather to consider which questions, and which thinkers, are now the most pressing for queer Americanist work as it moves forward. Keynote address by Kathryn Bond Stockton, professor of English at the University of Utah.
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, 11:00 am
Sponsored by the English department, Africana Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies

Joseph A. BooneMonday, November 16, 2009
4:30 pm, VAC-Beam Classroom
Reception to follow
Open to the public

"Beautiful Boys, Sodomy, Hammams, and other Tropes"

Joseph A. Boone is Professor of English, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California and is currently a research fellow at the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC. He is the author of four books, including Queer Frontiers: Millennial Geographies, Genders, Go West and Generations, Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism, and Engendering Men: The Question of Male Feminist Criticism. Professor Boone is currently researching representations of Homosexuality in the Middle East.
Tuesday November 17th at 4 pm Professor Boone is conducting a seminar, but this is not open to the public.
Robert Reid-Pharr Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, Art Museum/Art History, the English Department, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Africana Studies

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Clean: A Reading of Samuel Delany's Novel Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand with Professor Robert Reid-Pharr, Professor of English at CUNY and author of Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American and Black Gay Man: Essays.
7:30 pm, Searles 315

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Billy Bean Billy Bean "Going the Other Way"
7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Reception to follow
Billy Bean played major league baseball from 1987 to 1995. After years of living secretly, he came out publicly in 1999. His story was front-page news in The New York Times, and subsequently on a nationally televised feature with Diane Sawyer. He is the only living former major league baseball player to acknowledge his homosexuality. He has been working actively to try and dispel the myth and stereotypes that follow people of diversity.
Sponsored by the departments of English, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Athletics; Health Services; Counseling Service; Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance; and the Queer-Trans Resource Center.
Open to the public and free of charge.

Gay Marriage Series

Mary Bonauto - April 26, 2007 7:30 PM
Ending Marriage Discrimination: A Work in Progress

Mary BonautoMary Bonauto has been the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1990. Her practice concentrates on impact litigation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, as well as people living with HIV or AIDS. She has litigated widely in the state and federal courts and agencies of the six New England states since 1990. In 1999, she and two Vermont co-counsel won a ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to all of the benefits and protections of civil marriage in the case of Baker v. State of Vermont. This ruling prompted the Vermont legislature to enact the nation’s first “civil union” law for same-sex couples. She was lead counsel in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, which resulted in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declaring that prohibiting civil marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Ms. Bonauto is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law. She serves on the Family Law Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association and is the North American Co-chair of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association. In addition, she is a member of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Working Group on Racial Profiling.
(location of lecture: Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center)

Marvin Ellison -
"The Queering of Marriage: A Progressive Religious Perspective"
February 20, 2007 at 7:30 PM

Marvin EllisonRev. Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D. is the Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary
Rev. Ellison, a native of Tennessee, completed his doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary (New York) and teaches Christian social ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary.  He is an ordained Presbyterian minister.   He founded the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination in Maine to support civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.  Currently, he co-chairs the Maine Interfaith Council for Reproductive Choices, an interfaith network of religious leaders who support reproductive rights for women as a matter of moral conscience and religious freedom.  His publications include Same-Sex Marriage? A Christian Ethical Analysis (The Pilgrim Press, 2004), Body and Soul: Rethinking Sexuality as Justice-Love (The Pilgrim Press, 2003), and Erotic Justice: A Liberating Ethic of Sexuality (Westminster John Knox Press, 1996).  He lives in Portland, Maine with his partner Frank Brooks, a clinical social worker.
(location of lecture: Maine Lounge)

November 3, 2006
Evan WolfsonEvan Wolfson, Gay Rights Activist and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry to speak at Common Hour

Evan Wolfson is the Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Mr. Wolfson worked for the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in New York City, where he represented several gay marriage cases in front of the Supreme Court. In 2000, Wolfson was honored by the National Law Journal as one of "100 most influential attorneys in America."