Critical Gender Studies

Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay & Lesbian Studies

CGS and the Global Forum at I-House proudly present the 2017 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies

Featuring SOLHOT, We Levitate

welevitate.jpgWednesday, May 31st, 2017 
10am-11:30am, Workshop
"Black Feminist Genealogies: The Making of SOLHOT-Lex"
Women's Center – Conference Room
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1:00pm-3:00pm, Performance & Panel
"The Asylum: Alternative Sonic Registers of Black Girlhood"
Reception to follow.
Great Hall – I-House, ERC, UCSD
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We Levitate is a band made up not of musicians but scholars who met through the work of Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT), a praxis of Black girlhood celebration. We Levitate is unapologetic in their use of “doing digital wrongly” to reimagine the collective, resound complex Black girlhood, remember relationships, reclaim the dirty work, and reverberate love for self, each other, and every kind of Black girl everywhere. Entangled in collective dreams of Black girlhood, we are free together; a reverb of loud, extra, Black girl genius.

April 2016

2016 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies

Haneen Maikey

Featuring Haneen Maikey, Co-founder and Executive Director of alQaws

Queer Organizing in Palestine Today

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm Lecture
Reception to follow.
Great Hall – I-House, ERC, UCSD

Haneen Maikey is a Palestinian queer community organizer, co-founder and the executive director of the national Palestinian LGBTQ organization "alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society." This lecture shares the grassroots experience of alQaws– the national LGBTQ Palestinian organization--to frame a discussion on how to challenge oppressive systems and offer creative strategies for leading real change in how Palestinian society perceives sexual and gender diversity issues. 
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April 2015

2015 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies

Featuring Giovanna Chesler, blair dorosh-walther and the NJ4 (Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Patreese Johnson, & Renata Hill)

Out In The Night

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
6:00pm-8:00pm Film screening and Q&A
Reception to follow.
Great Hall - ERC, UCSD

Screening of the award-winning OUT IN THE NIGHT, a feature documentary by blair dorosh–walther that tells the story of four African American lesbians from Newark NJ, who became criminals after they defended themselves against a homophobic street attack in 2006 in the West Village of NYC.

A conversation with the filmmakers and the four women featured in this film – who became known as the NJ4 – will follow the screening.

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April 2014

2014 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies

Zanele Muholi

Featuring Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer & Visual Activist

Focus on South African BLACK QUEER BORN FREES featured in Faces and Phases

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
6:00pm-8:00pm Lecture
Reception to follow.
Calit2 Auditorium - Atkinson Hall, UCSD

A lecture series exploring the visual culture of black LGBTI youth from various South African townships. The visual activism approach will be used to understand realities of black queers born at the end of apartheid in SA focusing mainly on visual expression of the Black Queer Born Frees. The new generation born in the post-apartheid SA is also known as 'Mandela’s step great-grandchildren.’  The lecture will emphasize how the activist negotiated the production space/s interacting with those born from 1990 to 1994.

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January 2013

2013 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies

E. Patrick Johnson

Featuring E. Patrick Johnson from Northwestern University

Tea Time: Performance and the Making of Southern Black Gay History

Monday, January 28th, 2013
6:00pm-8:00pm Performance and Lecture
Reception to follow.
Calit2 Auditorium - Atkinson Hall, UCSD

E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. He has written two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003), and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South— An Oral History (University of North Carolina UP, 2008).

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May 2012

2012 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies

Kim Yutani Aurora Guerrero

Featuring Kim Yutani & Aurora Guerrero

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
6:30pm-8:00pm Discussion and Lecture
Reception to follow.
Calit2 Auditorium - Atkinson Hall, UCSD

A conversation on filmmaking and activism, intersectionality, queer storytelling, and women of color in the media with special guests Kim Yutani and Aurora Guerrero. Kim Yutani is a Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival as well as Director of Programming of Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the LA queer of color film festival, Fusion. Aurora Guerrero is the writer and director of the award-winning feature Mosquita y Mari (2012), a coming of age story set in Huntington Park, LA, and of a number of short films, including Pura Lengua and Viernes Girl.

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