Spring 2014 Calendar of Events

February 20 (3rd Thursday event)
"Who's the Fool? Gay and Lesbian Representation in Will & Grace and Rosanne"
Jimmie Manning, Assistant Professor of Communication and LGBT Studies Executive Committee Chair
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

This presentation makes an argument about comedic targets, or the "butt of the joke," as it plays out in two enduring cultural texts: the television programs Roseanne and Will & Grace. Using Duncan's comedic notion of the fool and situating sitcom laugh tracks as a rhetorical device, I analyze a similar storyline from each program to demonstrate that who we laugh at, when it comes to GLB representation, is important. Given that Roseanne was often decried for using homosexuality as a shock gimmick and Will & Grace is frequently praised as one of the great cultural tools for changing hearts and minds about same-sex relationships and queer identities, the results of this scholarly analysis are particularly interesting.

This talk will be rescheduled for Fall 2014!
March 20
"Queering a Human Rights Issue: LGBT on a Global Scale"
Trude Jacobsen, Associate Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Did you know that in some countries homosexuality is not only illegal but is considered an offense punishable by death? Join us for an enlightening presentation that will consider the state of LGBT rights across the globe.

Thursday, April 10 3:30 p.m.
Graduate Colloquium Seminar with Executive Editor @ Politico 
DuSable Hall, Room 268

Executive Editor of Politico Richard Berke will discuss maintaining one’s objectivity while doing research and reporting.  Skills learned at this seminar will be applicable to academic and journalistic research and writing. Prior to joining Politico, Berke was senior editor and director of video content development at The New York Times. Sponsors: LGBT Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee, Women’s Studies Program, Departments of Communication and Political Science; Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Thursday, April 10 6:00 p.m.
Coming Out in the News
DuSable Hall, Room 148

Richard Berke’s lecture will focus on the treatment of LGBT people and issues in the news media. More specifically, as a gay man who began working at the New York Times in 1986, he will discuss the evolution of coverage of LGBT issues and treatment of LGBT people in the news. Sponsors: LGBT Studies , Graduate Colloquium Committee, Women’s Studies , Depts. of Communication and Political Science; PCSOGI

April 17 (3rd Thursday event) @ noon
"The Power and Shame of Coming Out"
Romeo Jackson, Coordinator of the  LGBT Resource Center's Straight Talk Speaker's Bureau
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

Coming out has been a powerful tool to create social change. Many attribute the rapid rate in the shift for marriage equality to the viability of Lesbian Gay Bisexual (LGB) folks on TV and in our families. The queer movement was built around the power of coming out, and for this reason we rarely examine the coming out narrative for fear of offending. When we hear the national narrative on coming out, rarely do we see the experiences of trans* and asexual folks represented. Often, these experiences are looked over. Because of this, the coming out process experienced by trans* and asexual people are often neglected or more problematically belittled.

Wednesday, April 23 4:30 p.m.
Women’s Studies & LGBT Studies Honors Day Reception
Reavis Hall, Room 103

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and recognize the contributions of Women’s Studies students, faculty and partners. Graduation cords will be handed out to all undergraduate WOMS & LGBT Studies students who are graduating in May. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 23, Time: TBD
Kevin Nadal Lecture 

Dr. Kevin Nadal, an award-winning professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, discusses the impacts of microaggressions, or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; and other marginalized groups.

Click here to see a list of past Third Thursday presentations.