Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program
The LGBT Program currently offers an undergraduate certificate and a minor. The certificate is a 21-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 15 required and 6 elective credits designed to complement any student's major field of study. The minor is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and 3 elective credits. All current UMD students are eligible to pursue the certificate or minor; contact our office to register.
In Spring 2013 LGBT Studies Proudly Presented:
Queer theory in the twenty-first century has focused on a wide range of bodies and minds in a variety of states: failing, wounded, scarred, damaged, infected or infectious, diseased, mad, depressed, or traumatized. Only recently, however, has this focus engaged thickly with disability theory, making a crip turn to what Jasbir Puar describes as “questions of bodily capacity, debility, disability, precarity, and populations.” Debilitating Queerness both highlights and extends this turn. If debility signifies infirmity, feebleness, or frailty, what happens to queerness when it is openly theorized through debility and disability? What might it mean to debilitate queerness? How might such a debilitation be opposed to the compulsory able-bodiedness of mainstream LGBT politics? What other critical projects might it be linked to? Please join us for this illuminating series of conversations.
A One-Day Conference at the University of Maryland
April 5, 2013, College Park, MD
The symposium was a daylong series of conversations in critical queer, gender, and disability studies focused on the recent turn toward questions of bodily capacity, debility, disability, precarity, and populations. Events included three concurrent paper sessions, followed by an afternoon plenary featuring Karen Nakamura (Associate Professor of Anthropology & East Asian Studies, Yale University), Margaret Price (Associate Professor of English, Spelman College), and Abby Wilkerson (Associate Professor of Writing, The George Washington University). The day culminated with a keynote address by Jasbir Puar, associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times and of articles in Gender, Place, and Culture; Social Text; Radical History Review; Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography; and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She has edited or co-edited special issues of GLQ, Social Text, and Society and Space.
Take a LGBT course Fall 2013!
Seats are still available for 350 "LGBT People and Communication" and 448Q "Queer Citizenship: Perspectives on Bodies, Sexualities, and Performances." See all our Fall courses on Testudo. A list of Fall courses and course descriptions are available.
Questions? Contact us to make an advising appointment, or to sign up for the minor or certificate in LGBT Studies.
Faculty News: We congratulate Christina Hanhardt, Associate Professor in American Studies and LGBT Studies, on receiving the 2013 Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award, and on the her forthcoming book, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (September 2013)
Also, join us in congratulating Marilee Lindemann, Associate Professor in English and Director, LGBT Studies, on being awarded the prestigious Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award for 2013 in recognition of her teaching, mentoring, and her success in building the LGBT Studies Program! Stay tuned for details of the 30th Annual Faculty and Staff Convocation where it will be awarded.
Are you interested in making a donation to support the LGBT Studies Program? A number of ways to donate are available to you, and your gifts are tax deductible. To make a donation by credit card online, go to the University's secure donation page
The LGBT Studies Program office will be not be regularly staffed during the summer. You may reach us by e-mail, or call the director, Marilee Lindemann at 301-405-6349.
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