News & Announcements


End of Schedule Adjustment

Friday, February 6 2015
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.

MARCH 2015

TAVIA NYONG’O, "Deep Time, Dark Time: Kara Walker’s Anarchaeology"
This event is part of QUEER SPECULATIONS, the 13th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

5 p.m., Thursdays, March 12, 2015
Francis Scott Key Hall 0106

Tavia Nyong’o is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. He writes, researches and teaches critical black studies, queer studies, cultural theory, and cultural history. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. Nyong’o has published articles on punk, disco, viral media, the African diaspora, film, and performance art in venues such as Radical History Review, Criticism, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Women Studies Quarterly, The Nation, and n+1. He is the co-editor of Social Text.

Colloquium with Tavia Nyong'o
This event is part of QUEER SPECULATIONS, the 13th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015
Taliaferro Hall 2110

Can't attend Professor Nyong'o's lecture Thurs. March 12 at 5pm? Or, just want MORE! This event follow's Professor Nyong'o's talk from the previous day and is an opportunity for students and faculty to gather in a more intimate and informal setting for more extended discussion of the issues raised in the lecture. We hope you'll join us to continue the conversation about queer speculations--all are welcome!

Spring Break, Sunday, March 15 - Sunday, March 22

APRIL 2014

MIRANDA JOSEPH, “Investing in the Cruel Entrepreneurial University”
This event is part of QUEER SPECULATIONS, the 13th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Marie Mount Hall 1400
Miranda Joseph is Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She uses the tools of cultural studies to explore the relationship between economic processes and social formations. Her recently published book, Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (Minnesota, 2014), explores various modes of accounting (financial, juridical and managerial) as they are deployed to create, sustain and transform social relations. Joseph has also published a series of essays, drawing on her institutional leadership experiences, addressing the projects of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies and Ethnic Studies in journals such as GLQ, Feminist Formations, and Social Politics. Her first book, Against the Romance of Community (Minnesota, 2002) describes the mutually constitutive relationship between community and capitalism.

Eighth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

Friday, April 17, 2015
The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students. There will also be a buffet lunch and evening reception. The day will culminate with a keynote address by Juana María Rodríguez, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

RAMZI FAWAZ, “Stepford Wives and Female Men: The Radical Differences of Female Replicants"
SHANTÉ PARADIGM SMALLS, “Superheroes, Queerness, and Anti-Blackness: Storm, Django, and Michael Brown”
PLENARY for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, "Queer Speculations"

3 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Ramzi Fawaz is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His forthcoming book, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press: Fall 2015), received the 2013 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies. His research has been published in American Literature, Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly, and his essay on the aesthetics of AIDS cultural production appears in GLQ's special issue On the Visceral (January 2015). His current project treats the aesthetic and cultural politics of women's and gay liberation since the 1970s. Fawaz is also co-organizer, with Damon Young, of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective, a national working group of early-career queer studies scholars in the humanities. 

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University. Her current research uses critical race theory, hip hop studies, and queer theory to consider how New York City hip hop music, visual art, and film offers “queer articulations” or race, gender, and sexuality. Smalls is co-editor of “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship,” a special issue of Women & Performance with Jessica Pabon and has publications published or forthcoming with Oxford University Press, Lateral, Criticism, and American Behavior Scientist.

JUANA MARÍA RODRÍGUEZ, "Feeling Queerly, Knowing Otherwise"
KEYNOTE for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, "Queer Speculations"

5:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies; the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute's Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society's LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California. Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the quandaries of representing racially gendered violence, pleasure, and trauma in visual culture.

MAY 2015

Lavender Graduation
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Memorial Chapel

You are cordially invited to the annual Lavender Graduation at the University of Maryland, College Park. Please celebrate with us!

Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.

Graduates at all levels (certificates, bachelors, masters, doctorla) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives. This may include members of faculty or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is only held in May. Thus, December graduates are invited to join us at either the closest Lavender Graduation prior to or following their December graduation.

We recommend dressy casual attire. Academic regalia is optional.

Please RSVP by going to

Past 2014-2015 Events