Lecture Series

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the Spring 2014 lecture series.

QUEER INTIMACIES: Twelfth Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Queer Intimacies
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Same-sex lovers touch. Or build a network of ties and commitments based on something other than biological kinship. These are queer intimacies. Trans people navigate a labyrinth of state regulations and religio-cultural codes concerning proper gender conduct in order to craft livable lives. Young LGBT African-American activists take to the streets, the pews, and their kitchen tables to organize support in the black community for a referendum affirming the right to same-sex marriage. These close encounters of bodies, church, community, and state are also queer intimacies. Join us for a timely series of films, lectures, and conversations focused on what is happening to queer intimacy as the legal and social status of LGBT people and same-sex relationships undergoes change, in the US and throughout the world.

All events are free and open to the public. Off-campus visitors may find directions to campus and information about parking here.

THE NEW BLACK, film screening followed by conversation with
Director/Writer/Producer YORUBA RICHEN
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5:30pm Reception begins
7:00 p.m. Film screeing starts
Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Richen has received numerous grants, including a Fulbright Award and International Reporting Project grant. In 2012, she won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. She is a graduate of Brown University and teaches documentary film at The City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her latest film The New Black premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2013 and went on to win Audience Awards at AFI Docs and Philly Q Fest and Frameline LGBT Film Festival as well as a special jury mention at Frameline. The film continues to play festivals all over the world and will open at New York’s Film Forum February 2014 and air on PBS’s Independent Lens in June 2014.

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. Among the characters featured in the film is UMD alum Karess Taylor-Hughes.

Brown Bag Lunch with Yoruba Richen
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014
0135 Taliaferro Hall (Women's Studies Multimedia Studio)

Can't attend the film screening of The New Black on Wed. Feb. 5 at 7pm? Or, just want MORE! This event follows the screening and discussion from the previous day and is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather in a more intimate and informal setting for more extended discussion. We hope you'll join us to continue the conversation--all are welcome!

Liberté, Egalité, (Hétéro)sexualité: The French Gay Marriage Debates
5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Camille Robcis is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. She is a 2013-2014 Society for the Humanities Faculty Fellow. Her recently published book, The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in Twentieth-Century France, examines how and why French judges and legislators turned to structuralism--and more specifically, to some of the most difficult and abstract concepts of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Jacques Lacan--to reassert the centrality of the heterosexual family in political debates around bioethics, same-sex unions, single-parent households, family names, surrogacy, and adoption.

Colloquium with Camille Robcis
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014
2103 Taliaferro Hall

Can't attend Robcis’ lecture Thurs. Feb. 27 at 5pm? Or, just want MORE! This event follows Professor Robcis’ talk from the previous day and is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather in a more intimate and informal setting for more extended discussion of the issues raised in the lecture, as well as an invitation for open conversation--discuss her other recent work, offer your own take on Claude Lévi-Strauss and Jacques Lacan, and engage in other discussion topics that continue the conversation about queer intimacies! All are welcome!

Verdicts of Science, Rulings of Faith: Transsexuals in Iran
5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Afsaneh Najmabadi is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is author, most recently, of Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran and of Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity, which received the 2005 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association. With Kathryn Babayan, she co-edited Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire.

Gay Marriage 2.0: Divorce
5:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Katherine Franke is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. She was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2011-2012. She is among the nation's leading scholars working at the intersections of feminist, queer, and critical race theory, and her work raises crucial questions about how the push for same-sex marriage undermines the innovativeness of queer intimacies formed outside that legal/political framework. Among her recent article publications are “Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights,” “Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia,” and “Longing for Loving.” Her book in progress, Wedlocked: How Ex-Slaves and Gay People Thought Marriage Would Set Them Free, explores the curious role of the right to marry in larger civil-rights struggles, comparing African Americans in the immediate post-Civil War period with same-sex couples today.

Note: This is the keynote event for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “Queer Intimacies," April 25, 2014, at the University of Maryland.

Q&A and reception to follow each lecture.

We are grateful to The Center for Historical Studies; the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies; the College of Arts and Humanities; the Department of English; the Department of Women's Studies; the Graduate School; the Hoff Funding Board; the LGBT Equity Center; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy; the Office of Undergraduate Studies; the Pepsi Enhancement Fund; the President's Commission on LGBT Issues; and Roshan Institute for Persian Studies for their support of the lecture series.

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