Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities - Calendar

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2013

9th Annual Student Research Conference                                                           
Tuesday, May 14, 2013: 8:00am-8:00pm                                                                           
3rd Floor of the University-Student Union


Student scholars explore gender, sexuality, queer/
LGBT, and women’s issues in this annual conference
presented by the Center for the Study of Genders and
Sexualities and Cross Cultural Centers. At 6:15 pm
Conference Keynote Speaker, Dr. José Esteban Muñoz
(New York University), speaks on the history of
experimental performance to theorize an expansive
sense of brown worlds that are crafted and enacted
through cultural production. For more information,
please call the CSGS at (323) 343-6549 or CCC at
(323) 343-5001.

Spring 2012

Virtually Queer:
Brokeback Mountain And Global Affects
Wednesday, April 4th: 6:15PM
Montebello Room, USU



In this path-breaking lecture,
Dr. William Schroeder (Assistant Professor,
University of Manchester, England) accounts for the
ways in which ostensibly “American” items of popular
culture, such as the movie Brokeback Mountain,
travel successfully to places like Beijing, where
they are sewn, in surprising ways, into the
emotional lives of gays and lesbians.

Feminist Endowed Lecture Series: An Afternoon
with Dr. Uma Narayan

Who Doesn’t Want to Rescue and Empower Third
World Women?

Wednesday, April 18 • 3:15 pm • Los Angeles Room
AB

3rd floor • University-Student Union

Several European countries are currently engaged in
attempts to "rescue Muslim women from the veil" and
several Third World countries are engaged in
attempts to "empower women through microcredit." 
The talk attempts to show what is deeply suspicious
about these attempts and tries to argue for a
critical perspective on many current agendas that
operate "in the name of" poor and marginalized
women. Dr. Uma Narayan is a feminist and
postcolonial philosopher who teaches at Vassar
College.  Among her books is Dislocating
Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World
Feminism. 

Femicide in the
Americas: A Talk by Dr. Rosalinda Fregoso

Wednesday, May 2 •
6 pm • Los Angeles Room AB

3rd
floor • University-Student Union

Dr. Rosalinda Fregoso,
Professor in Latina/o and Latin American Studies at
UC Santa Cruz, has written extensively on the
femicides in Cuidad Juarez and is the co-editor of
Terrorizing Women: Femicide in the Americas
(with Cynthia Bejarano). Her talk will examine the
issues of neoliberalism, human rights, and state
accountability in the ongoing femicides.

Women’s and Gender
Studies Reception

Tuesday, May 15 •
3:15pm • San Gabriel Room

3rd Floor •
University-Student Union

In both academics and
co-curricular experiences, there are opportunities
to explore and expand the conversation and discourse
about women’s and gender issues at Cal State L.A.
Join us to learn more about Women’s and Gender
Studies at CSULA, and to recognize the achievements
of those graduating with a Minor or Post
Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s and Gender
Studies.

CSGS (Center for the Study
of Genders and Sexualities) Student Research
Conference

Thursday, May 17 • 9 am – 4
pm • Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Alhambra Rooms

3rd Floor •
University-Student Union

Student scholars explore
gender, sexuality, queer/LGBT, and women’s issues in
this eighth annual conference presented by the
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities and
Cross Cultural Centers. For more information on
submitting a presentation proposal or to register
for the conference, please call the CSGS at (323)
343-6549 or CCC at (323) 343-5001.

The Vortex of Celebrity: An
Evening with Douglas Mao

Thursday, May 17 • 6 pm •
Los Angeles Room

3rd Floor •
University-Student Union

Dr. Douglas Mao is a specialist
in modernist fiction and poetry of Britain, Ireland,
and the United States. He is the author of Solid
Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production

(Princeton, 1998) and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic
Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature
1860-1960
(Princeton, 2008). He is also the
co-editor, with Rebecca Walkowitz, of Bad
Modernisms
(Duke, 2006) and the editor of the
Longman Cultural Edition of E. M. Forster's
Howards End
(2009).  He taught in the English
departments at Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell
before his current post at Johns Hopkins University.

Presented by the Center
for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, and
co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers, College
of Arts and Letters, The Ann Garry and Sharon L.
Bishop Feminist Endowed Lecture Series, Department
of Chicano Studies, Department of Philosophy,
Women’s and Gender Studies Program,
University-Student Union and student fees.

For more information, or
to request accommodations for a disability, please
contact the Center for the Study of Genders and
Sexualities at 323.343.6549 or the Cross Cultural
Centers at 323.343.5001. Nominal parking fee for
off-campus guests.

Winter 2012


 
"Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood
among Black Women"


Monday March 12th at 3:15pm Alhambra
Room, 3rd floor, University Student Union

Dr. Mignon R. Moore brings to light the family life of a group that
has been largely invisible – gay women of color – in
a book that challenges long-standing ideas about
racial identity, family formation, and motherhood.
Drawing from interviews and surveys of one hundred
black gay women in New York City, Invisible Families
explores the ways that race and class have
influenced how these women understand their sexual
orientation, find partners, and form families.


Sexual Orientation, Natural Kinds, and Normative Confusion: A Talk
by Dr. Kory Schaff


Wednesday February 15that 6:15pm U-SU
Theatre 1st floor, University Student
Union


The concept of sexuality is capacious and admits of
many different conceptions. A widely popular
conception is that the concept is socially
constructed and, for that reason, contestable and
revisable. Dr. Kory Schaff, Assistant Professor of
Philosophy at Occidental College, distinguishes the
ordinary concept of sexuality from this popular
conception by isolating sexual orientation as a
natural kind from normative confusion about desire,
intentions, and behaviors associated with human
sexual diversity.

Open House: Center
For The Study Of Genders And Sexualities

Wednesday January
25th at 3:15 King Hall D4050


Meet
and mingle with the faculty, staff, and students
involved with the Center for the Study of Genders
and Sexualities, a university-wide interdisciplinary
center housed in the College of Arts and Letters.
The Center’s mission is to promote cutting-edge
research and scholarship in gender and sexuality at
the intersections of race, class, religion, ability,
and nation. This reception also honors the student
and faculty recipients of CSGS research stipends.


Fall 2011


Feminism, Postmodernism, Photography, and the Body:
Revisiting Contemporary Art History in the 1970s and
1980s in the Work of Francesca Woodman

 Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Adan, Assistant Professor of
Art and Design, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

 In this paper, I explore the relationships between
two critical frameworks and two types of artistic
media – feminism and postmodernism, photography and
the body – in contemporary art in the 1970s and
1980s.  In contrast to dominant accounts of
contemporary art history, I consider the ways in
which the body is more fully incorporated into
feminist and postmodern photographic practices in
the work of Francesca Woodman (1958-1981).  In
particular, in her short but highly productive
career, Woodman created hundreds of photographs that
bring feminism and postmodernism together with
activities that recall body and performance art to
investigate the nature and status of representation
in corporeal as well as visual and optical terms. 
Through a critical exposition of the shift from
postwar modernism to postmodernism in the visual
arts, followed by a close analysis of a number of
Woodman’s photographs, I will revisit the divisions
and exclusions found in dominant accounts of
contemporary art history and demonstrate further
connections between feminism, postmodernism,
photography, and the body in 1970s and 1980s
contemporary art.

 When and Where: Tuesday, October 11th,
6:10PM, USU-Theatre, 1st Floor Student
Union

 I
Love Lupe (Q&A with filmmaker/artist, Alma

López and Alicia Gaspar
de Alba
)

 Join us for an engaging conversation about art,
representations of women, censorship, organized
religion, and sexuality, as we screen I Love Lupe,
a documentary based on the book, Our Lady of
Controversy: Alma
López
’s
Irreverent Apparition
, which features

conversations with
Chicana artists Ester Hernández, Alma López and
Yolanda M. López, on their “controversial Guadalupes.”
Directed by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma Lopez,
2011, 46 minutes.



 
When
and Where: Thursday, October 27 ∙ 6:15 pm ∙ U-SU
Theatre, 1st Floor Student Union

 Transgender Life 101 and Day of Remembrance

 In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, this
workshop explores the experiences of people who
identify as transgender, as well as remember those
who have been harmed or died to anti-transgender
violence. Develop skills and language to be a
stronger supporter of, or understand more about, the
transgender community!

 When and Where: Tuesday, November 15 ∙ 3:15 pm ∙
Alhambra Room, 3rd Floor Student Union

 



Spring 2011

Intersectionality:
Origins and Possibilities
In anticipation of
Professor Crenshaw�s lecture on April 14th, there
will be an accessible presentation by Jennifer
DeClue on the origins of this metaphor in Black
feminist thought, as well as its unrealized
implications for social movements.

Tuesday, April 5 at 6:15 pm

Los Angeles Room, 3rd Floor

University Student Union

La Lucha
de la La comunidad "LGBT" en Latino America.
 
Cuándo: Martes, 5 de Abril · 
Hora: 6:30pm - 9:00pm 
Donde:

Saban
Research Auditorium

4661 W.
Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

En la estacion del metro
de Vermont y Sunset |Estacionamiento en la calle o
puede pagar por estacionamiento privado en el lote

 Este
evento va a ser en Espanol y traducido en Ingles


Panelistas: * Vek Lewis * Mariana
Marroquin * Victor Martinez * Suyapa Portillo

Session Moderada por: Bamby Salcedo
Para mas informacion contactar a Bamby Salcedo al
(323) 361-5983 o bsalcedo@chla.usc.edu

 patrocinadores del
Evento: * CSULA Center for the Study of Genders &
Sexualitites * Coalicion TransLatin@ * Latino
Equality Alliance * Learning Trans (learningtrans.org)

Part 2:

http://www.vimeo.com/22418271
; Part 3:

http://www.vimeo.com/22420064

Racing to Postracialism: An Evening with
Kimberlé Crenshaw
Join us for a distinguished
lecture and discussion by Kimberlé Crenshaw,
Professor at Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School.
Crenshaw is a leading authority in the area of Civil
Rights; Black feminist legal theory; and race,
racism, and the law.  Her articles have appeared in
the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal,
Stanford Law Review,  and Southern California Law
Review. A specialist on race and gender inequality,
she has facilitated workshops for human rights
activists around the world.

Thursday April 14 at 6:15 pm

Los Angeles Room ABC, 3rd
Floor

University Student Union

Makeshift Reclamation:
New Feminist Art and Activism
Faced with not
only gender-based oppression but also the structured
violence of a collapsing capitalism,  a
climate-change crisis, and more, feminist activists
and artists are resisting and creating alternatives
to violent systems both intimate and global. And
they�re doing it in many ways, spaces, and forms.
�Makeshift Reclamation� is a dynamic, multi-media
performance that shows what is happening on the
ground and in the imaginations of social
justice-minded feminists.

Monday, April 25 at 3:15pm

U-SU Theatre, 1st Floor University Student Union

Born this Way: Lady Gaga,
Pop Culture, and Representations of Sexualities

This panel discussion looks at the connections
between the artistry and meteoric rise of pop singer
and songwriter Lady Gaga, sexual affirmation and
gendered sexual politics, and the role of
performance and representation in popular culture.

Wednesday May 4th at 6:15pm

U-SU Theatre, 1st Floor

University Student Union

7th Annual Student
Research Conference: Gender, Sexuality, and Power

Student scholars explore
gender, sexuality, queer/LGBT, and women�s issues in
this seventh annual conference presented by the
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities and
Cross Cultural Centers. For more information on
submitting a presentation proposal or to register
for the conference, please call the CSGS at (323)
343-6549 or CCC at (323) 343-5001  

Tuesday May 17th, 9am-4pm

3rd Floor, University
Student Union

Past Events



Winter 2011
 

Open House; Center for
the Study of Genders and Sexualities

Thursday, January 27, 3:15
pm King Hall D4051

Meet and mingle with the
faculty, staff, and students involved with the
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, a
university-wide interdisciplinary center housed in
the College of Arts and Letters. The Center’s
mission is to promote cutting-edge research and
scholarship in gender and sexuality at the
intersections of race, class, religion, ability, and
nation.  

Imagining Black Boyhoods:
A Talk by Dr. Michael Dumas

Monday, February 7, 4:30 pm
Los Angeles Room AB, 3rd floor, University-Student
Union Dr.

Michael Dumas, Assistant
Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis of
Education at Cal State Long Beach, argues that the
absence of Black boys in the public imagination of
childhood and in popular and academic discussions of
Black males and masculinity have rendered Black
boyhood both unimagined and unimaginable. 

 The “Q” Word: Are We
Queer, Gay, or Does it Really Matter?

Tuesday, February 15, 4:30
pm

U-SU Theatre, 1st floor,
University-Student Union Students, scholars,
activists, and everyday people discuss the merits
and challenges of using the various words and social
identity markers used to describe the LGBT (lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender) community.

A Crushing Love

Thursday, February 17, 6:15
pm

U-SU Theatre, 1st floor,
University-Student Union A Crushing Love, Sylvia
Morales’ sequel to her groundbreaking history of
Chicana women, Chicana (1979), honors the
achievements of five activist Latinas – Dolores
Huerta, Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, Cherrie Moraga,
Alicia Escalante, and Martha Cotera – and considers
how they balanced single motherhood and activism.
Directed by Sylvia Morales, 2009, 58 minutes.

Asian American Attitudes toward LGBTIQ Matters: Results of a Pilot Study

Wednesday, March 9, 3:15 pm
San Gabriel Room, 3rd floor, University-Student
Union Dr.

Gina Masequesmay, professor
of Asian American Studies at CSUN, shares her latest
research on Asian Pacific American attitudes toward
issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, intersex, and queer/questioning
community.

Presented by the Center for
the Study of Genders and Sexualities, and
co-sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers, College of
Arts and Letters, Gender & Sexuality Resource
Center, Chicano Studies, English, Liberal Studies,
Pan African Studies, Philosophy, Sharon L. Bishop
and Ann Garry Feminist Endowed Lecture Fund, Women’s
and Gender Studies, Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social,
University-Student Union and student fees.

 For more information, or to
request accommodations for a disability, please
contact the Center for the Study of Genders and
Sexualities at 323.343.6549 or the Cross Cultural
Centers at 323.343.5001.



Fall 2010


Why Race and Gender (Still) Matter


Tuesday, September 28, 6:15 pm, Los Angeles Room, 3rd floor, University-Student Union


Please join faculty, staff, and students from Asian/Asian American Studies, Chicano
Studies, Latin American Studies, Pan-African Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies
and related co-curricular areas for a dialogue on why race and gender continue to matter
in the U.S. Learn about the exciting research, courses, programs, and campus organizations
that address the enduring relevance of Area, Ethnic, and Gender Studies. Opportunities to
enroll in Fall classes will be available on site.

 


Perfect Peace: An Afternoon with Dr. Daniel Black


Monday, October 18, 3:15 pm, Alhambra Room


Daniel Black, professor of English and African Women's Studies at Clark Atlanta
University, discusses his latest novel, Perfect Peace, a family story centered on
questions of gender presentation, sexuality, family dynamics, unconditional love,
and fulfillment, when a mother decides to raise her seventh son as the daughter
she always wanted.

 


A Talk by Dr. Ben Bateman


Tuesday, October 26, 6:15 pm, Alhambra Room


Drawing from E.M. Forster's hotly contested novel of 1910, Howards End, Dr. Ben Bateman,
CSULA Department of English, argues for a social world saturated with queer invitations,
that is, with opportunities for individuals of all sexual orientations to rethink their
affective priorities and to participate in the design of ethically challenging but
personally rewarding relationships.


Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory


Monday, November 1, 6:15 pm, U-SU Theatre, 1st floor, University-Student Union


An outpouring of memorial tributes and public expressions of grief followed the 1995
death of the Tejana recording artist Selena. The Latina superstar was remembered and
mourned in documentaries, magazines, web sites, monuments, biographies, murals, look-alike
contests, musicals, drag shows, and more. Calling these and other acts of mourning the
slain star "Selenidad," Dr. Deborah Paredez, professor of Theatre Arts and Dance at
University of Texas at Austin, explores their significance and the broader meanings of
remembering Selena.



Spring 2010


Sex and the Sandinistas
(followed by talk by Dr. Emily Hobson, UC Santa Barbara Women’s Studies)


Thursday, April 1 at 6:15 PM


U-SU Theatre


Without assuming any prior knowledge of Nicaraguan history, this documentary film brings
to life the extraordinary and valuable experience of lesbians and gays coming out in the
whirlwind of a Latin American revolution. Film will be followed by a talk by Dr. Emily
Hobson, UC Santa Barbara Women’s Studies. Directed by Lucinda Broadbent, 1991, 25
minutes.


Only Love for Him Caused Me to Lay Aside All Morals:" Black College Students Theorize Sexual Pleasure in the 1930s


Monday, May 10 at 6:00 PM


U-SU Theatre, 1st floor, University-Student Union


Dr. LaKisha Simmons, faculty, History and Women’s Studies at Davidson College, explores
sexuality in the lives of African American adolescent girls living in New Orleans during
legalized racial segregation, interracial sexual violence, which many black girls experienced
and most feared, and the ways in which girls were trained to be "proper" and "nice" by their
schools, parents and church.


6th Annual Gender & Sexuality Student Research Conference


Tuesday, May 11 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


University-Student Union, 3rd floor


Student scholars explore gender, sexuality, queer/LGBT, and women’s issues in this sixth
annual conference presented by the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities and
Cross Cultural Centers. For more information on submitting a presentation proposal or to
register for the conference, please call the CSGS at (323) 343-6549 or CCC at (323) 343-5001.



Winter 2010


CSGS OPEN HOUSE


Thursday, January 21 at 3:15 PM


King Hall D4051


Meet the faculty, staff, and students involved with
the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities
and learn how you can get involved. Light
refreshments served.


 THE CASTER SEMENYA CASE: ATHLETICS, BIOLOGY,
CULTURE, ETHICS, AND GENDER


Thursday, February 4 at 4:30 PM


U-SU Theatre, 1st floor,
University-Student Union


Scholars from Kinesiology, Biology, Pan African
Studies, Philosophy, and Gender Studies discuss the
Caster Semenya case, the South African runner whose
gender was questioned following her victory at the
2009 World Championships.


 SCREAMING QUEENS: RIOT AT COMPTON’S CAFETERIA


Thursday, February 11 at 6:15 PM


U-SU Theatre, 1st floor,
University-Student Union


Little-known story of the first known act of
collective, violent resistance to the social
oppression of queer people in the United States.
Directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker,
2005, 57 minutes.


 WOMEN FIGHT FOR EQUALITY: BUT DO THEY PAY THEIR
FAIR SHARE ON DATES?


Tuesday, March 2 at 3:15 PM


King Hall, Lecture Hall TBA


Dr. Janet Lever, faculty, CSULA Department of
Sociology, discusses findings from her recent
Elle Magazine
/MSNBC poll on women, men,
perceptions of equality, and dating practices in the
U.S.


 ECONOMIES OF DESIRE: SEX AND TOURISM IN CUBA AND
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


Wednesday, March 3 at 4:30 PM


Los Angeles BC


Dr. Amalia Cabezas, UC Riverside Women’s Studies
Program, re-conceptualizes our understandings of
informal economies, sex workers, and sexual tourism.
Sponsored by Latin American Studies.

 



Fall 2009


Michael Revisited: A Critical Look at the Phenomenon
of Michael Jackson


Monday, October 12 at 6:30 pm


Los Angeles Room, 3rd floor,
University-Student Union


This discussion will explore the cultural
representation and perceptions of pop icon Michael
Jackson. The panel will feature writers, artists,
and scholars who will discuss the media frenzy
surrounding Jackson, issues including sexuality, the
body, race, color, and the narrative arc and
essential tragedy of Michael Jackson’s life and
career.



Trans Town Hall III:

How to Survive Gender
in a Dangerous World: Celebrating Connections
between Womanism, Feminism and Trans Politics.


Monday, October 19 at 6:30 pm

L.A.
Gay and Lesbian Center, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los
Angeles 90038


This on-going forum addresses opportunities,
challenges, and critical issues facing the
transgender community in Los Angeles. This fall’s
event focuses on the intersection between
transgender and feminist politics.


 
Next
of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics


A Conversation with Dr. Richard T.

Rodríguez


Monday, November 23 at 3:30 pm


Los Angeles Room, 3rd floor,
University-Student Union

In Next of Kin, Richard T.
Rodríguez
explores the competing notions of
la familia

found in movement-inspired literature, film, video,
music, painting, and other forms of cultural
expression created by Chicano men.



Spring 2009



Posthuman Pornographies: On the Animal in
Woman



Wednesday, April 1 at 3:15, Alhambra Room



Dr. Margret Grebowicz presents on an encounter
between Catharine MacKinnon's critique of the
use of animals in commercial porn, Donna
Haraway's penchant for "queering" animal
sexuality, and Jacques Derrida's posthumous work
on the animal as the site of real sexual
difference(s).


 
Palabras
Dulces, Palabras AmArgas



Tuesday, April 14 at 1:30 pm, U-SU Theatre



This documentary features performances by Dulce
Palabras, the spoken word ensemble that
developed as a collaboration between Amigas
Latinas and En Las Tablas Performing Arts
Group.  Fillmmaker will be present. Directed by
Linda Garcia-Merchant, 2008, 45 minutes.


 
Mujeres
de la Caucus Chicana



Tuesday, April 14 at 6 pm, U-SU Theatre



This film follows six women who answered the
call to action during the 1977 National Women’s
Conference in Houston, and who went on to shape
national policy for women as founding members of
recognized organizations such as the Raza Unida
Party, the Women’s Action Program, the National
Women’s Political Caucus and International
Women’s Year. Filmmaker and civil rights
activist, Lupe Anguiano, will be present.
Directed by Linda Garcia-Merchant, 2007, 95
minutes.


 Ann
Garry and Sharon Bishop Feminist Endowed
Lecture: What Do Feminists Need to Know about
Human Nature? A Presentation by Dr. Louise
Antony



Thursday, April 23 at 3:15 pm, Los Angeles A or
San Gabriel Room (TBA)



Feminists are of two minds about "human nature"
-- both suspicious of conservative appeals to
human nature and in need the notion to explain
what's wrong with sexism, racism, and other
"dehumanizing" systems. While feminists can't
have it both ways, "human nature" can offer
practical, empirical support for liberatory
politics even if it can't provide a foundation
for normative theory.



 Transgiving
Performance (Student Research Conference
Kickoff)



Monday, May 11 at 7 pm, U-SU Theatre



Join us for an evening of performances by
members and allies of the transgender community,
in this kickoff for the annual CSGS Student
Research Conference.




 
5th
Annual Gender & Sexuality Student Research
Conference



Tuesday, May 12 from 9 am – 4 pm



Los Angeles ABC, San Gabriel, and Montebello
Rooms, U-SU, 3rd floor



Student scholars explore gender, sexuality,
queer/LGBT, and women’s issues in this annual
conference. For information on submitting a
presentation proposal or to register for the
conference, please call the CSGS at (323)
343-6549.



 

WINTER 2009


WHY GENDER AND SEXUALITY (STILL) MATTER:


Wednesday, January 14 at 6 pm


U-SU Theater, 1st floor,
University-Student Union, Room 106


Please join faculty, staff, and students from
Women’s and Gender Studies and related academic and
co-curricular areas for a dialogue on why gender,
sexuality, and gender presentation continue to
matter. Learn about the exciting research, courses,
programs and organizations on campus that address
the enduring relevance of gender and sexuality.
Opportunities to enroll in Winter classes will be
available on site. Come lend your voice to the
discussion.


OPEN HOUSE: CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF GENDERS AND
SEXUALITIES


Thursday, January 22 at 3:15 pm


Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities

4th
floor, King Hall, Room D4051


Learn about the Center for the Study of Genders and
Sexualities, a university-wide interdisciplinary
center housed in the College of Arts and Letters.
The Center’s mission is to provide support for
scholars, teachers, students, and community partners
who investigate gender and sexuality, in particular
work that bridges the diverse communities
represented at Cal State L.A. and its surrounding
area.


THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ‘SOCIAL PROBLEM’ OF
TRAVESTIS
IN TECATE, BAJA CALIFORNIA


Monday, February 26 at 3:15-4:30 pm, Alhambra Room


3rd floor, University-Student Union, Room
305


Vek Lewis, professor of Latin American Studies at
the University of Sydney, Australia, presents
initial findings from a field work project about
media, sexual minorities and the law in Mexico. This
project looks at the way the ‘social problem’ of
gender variant travestis

was constructed in the public
domain in the Mexican border town of Tecate, Baja
California.


STORIES FROM THE URBAN CAMPFIRE: TWO DAYS WITH PEARL
CLEAGE


Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3 and 4

In
celebration of International Women's Day and Women's
History Month, acclaimed author Pearl Cleage joins
us for a series of readings, workshops, and
classroom visits.


She is an


African American



poet
,


essayist
, and


journalist
living in


Atlanta
,


Georgia
. An activist on issues including


AIDS
, women's rights, and


black
life, her first novel, What
Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
(1997), was
an


Oprah Book Club
selection.


Pearl Cleage wrote and performed the "We Speak Your
Names" poem for Oprah Winfrey Legend's Ball in 2005,
a three-day celebration paying tribute to the long,
glorious tradition of African American women’s
accomplishments.


Tuesday, 3rd, 4:20 pm


3rd floor, King Hall, B3017


Pearl Cleage visits Dr. Mel Donalson’s Black
Literature class to discuss her novel, Seen It
All and Done The Rest
, important elements of
fiction writing, and the social and political themes
that influence her work.


Tuesday, 3rd, 6:30 pm, U-SU Theater

1st
floor, University-Student Union, Room 106


Continuing her legacy of inspiring new generations
of leaders for social change, Pearl Cleage
facilitates a workshop for students interested in
using their art, performances, writing, and activism
to remake the world.


Wednesday, 4th, 7 pm, Los Angeles Room

3rd
floor, University-Student Union, Room 308


In this keynote address for Women’s History Month,
Pearl Cleage offers a fresh perspective on the
universal themes of cultural enrichment, social
identity, and the power of love. With the rhythms of
Black life as her muse, she focuses on the
experiences of love, sex, and female empowerment
that she sees as vital to the world community.


Presented by the Center for the Study of Genders and
Sexualities, College of Arts and Letters, Cross
Cultural Centers, Gender and Sexuality Resource
Center, English, Pan African Studies, Philosophy,
Psychology, Sociology, University-Student Union and
student fees.


 


For more information, or to request accommodations
for a disability, please contact the Center for the
Study of Genders and Sexualities at 323.343.6549 or
the Cross Cultural Centers at 323.343.5001.

 

Fall 2008



LOVE, WEST HOLLYWOOD


Monday, October 6 at 7 pm


Alhambra Room, 3rd floor,
University-Student Union, Room 305



Love, West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles
is a passionate and groundbreaking collection of
literary love letters honoring one of America’s most
magical and magnetic metropolises. The editors and
several contributors, including Dr. Terry Allison,
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Cal State
L.A., share their contributions to the anthology.


 


STATE OF MARRIAGE IN THE STATE: A ROUNDTABLE ON THE
INITIATIVE TO BAN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA


Wednesday, October 8 at 6 pm


Los Angeles Room, 3rd floor,
University-Student Union, Room 308


This panel explores the academic, spiritual, and
political issues associated with the upcoming
California state ballot initiative to ban same-sex
marriage.

 

2ND
ANNUAL NACCS JOTO CAUCUS CONFERENCE


SACRED SPACE MAKING: MAPPING QUEER SCHOLARSHIP,
ACTIVISM, AND PERFORMANCE


Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, October 11


Location TBA


This conference envisions praxis of sacred space
making
, where queer scholarship, activism, and
performance is discussed and shared.  This
conference will bring together various queer
scholars, activists, artists, students, and members
of the community to create sacred spaces that
celebrate and honor the legacy of survival,
resilience, and resistance among queer communities. 

 For
more information see

www.myspace.com/naccsjotos

 


TRANS TOWN HALL: ACTIVISM, EMPIRICAL RESEARCH AND THEORY


FEATURING DR. VIVIANE NAMASTE


Monday, October 13 at 6 pm


The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
,

1125 N McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Dr. Viviane Namaste is a leading trans academic and
activist. She is the author of


Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity,
Institutions, and Imperialism

Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and
Transgendered People
, and

C'était
du spectacle": L'histoire des artistes travesties et
transsexuelles à Montréal, 1955-1985.


Event followed by a reception.

Click here
for flyer!

 

AN
EVENING OF POETRY WITH DIMA HILAL


Monday, November 10 at 6 pm


Los Angeles Room, 3rd floor,
University-Student Union, Room 308


Dima Hilal is a poet and writer, born in Beirut and
raised in California, whose work has appeared in
numerous publications and anthologies that focus on
the experiences of Arab American women in the U.S.
and abroad.

 


For more information, or to request accommodations
for a disability, please call the Center for the
Study of Genders and Sexualities at (323) 343-6549
or visit the CSGS in King Hall D4051. Nominal
parking fee for off-campus guests

Other
Past Events

The Watermellon Woman: Featuring Q & A With Director, Cheryl Dunye

Desire in the Dust: Ethical Problems in Doing Transsexual Historical Archival Research

A Conversation with Jacob Hale

Monday, February 25 at 1:30pm

Physical Sciences 158

Jacob Hale has written several articles that are important pioneering work in Transgender Studies, including "Are Lesbians Women?", "Consuming the Living, Dis(re)Membering the Dead in the Butch/FTM Borderlands", and "Tracing a Ghostly Memory in My Throat: Reflections on FTM Feminist Voice and Agency." In this talk, he explores the ethical and political issues concerning the historical research of trans subjects.

Coming Out Under Fire

Thursday, February 7 at 6:15pm

Cross Cultural Centers, King Hall D140

This documentary shoots to the heart of today's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" controversy over gays in the military, and explores the World War II origins of military regulations that labeled gays and lesbians as mentally ill and sought their discharge as "sex perverts." Directed by Arthur Dong, 2003, 71 minutes.

Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities: An Open House

Wednesday, January 23 at 3pm

Integrated Humanities Center, King Hall D4051

Learn about the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, meet others interested in research on genders and sexualities, and find out about involvement opportunities with the center.

Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture

A Conversation with Dr. Patrick B. Sharp

Tuesday, January 15 at 6pm

University Bookstore, 1st floor, Golden Eagle Building

In Savage Perils, Dr. Patrick B. Sharp, CSULA Liberal Studies Department and CSGS Board Member, examines the racial underpinnings of American culture, from the early industrial age to the Cold War, via an exploration of the influence of Darwinism, frontier nostalgia, and myths around nuclear weaponry.

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