News & Announcements

APRIL 2014

Seventh Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium
Friday, April 25, 2014

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 Katherine M. Franke, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School.

Katherine Franke, "Gay Marriage 2.0: Divorce"
Note: This is the keynote event for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “QUEER INTIMACIES”

5:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Katherine Franke was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2011-12. 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 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 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.

Q & A and reception to follow.

DC Queer Studies is a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed in 2006 to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. The DC Queer Studies Symposium is hosted and sponsored by the University of Maryland and co-sponsored by American University, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University.

MAY 2014

Lavender Graduation
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Nyumburu Cultural Center
RSVP for Lavender Graduation

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. This annual event recognizes the accomplishments of our graduates who identify as LGBT, or have been involved with the LGBT community on campus. Other special awards related to the campus LGBT community are also recognized.

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.

Past 2013-2014 Events