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9/1 Carina M. Buzo, “Feminism, Difference, and Identities: What role does Feminism play
in today’s high tension, political, and racial climate?”
As an alum of SSU’s WGS and Queer Studies department, Carina’s understanding of feminism comes with love,
critique, and personal and professional commitment. She will share her knowledge of the ways that we can use
feminism and postmodernism to understand the tensions between racial, political, and lived difference based on
our identities. Carina has a Masters in Education and currently serves as the SSU HUB Program Coordinator.
9/8 Khafre Jay, “Real Hip Hop: a culture of peace, love, unity, and having fun.”
Khafre Jay, the director of Hip Hop For Change, will illuminate the beauty and power of hip hop that has now been homogenized and oppressed through it ties to corporate media and the prison industrial complex. Real Hip hop culture is rooted in community empowerment. It provides a culturally relevant platform for creative selfexpression, education, and activism.
9/22 Sabina Khan-Ibarra, “Islam vs. Feminism: The False Dichotomy.”
Sabina Khan-Ibarra is the founder of Muslimah Montage, a web platform where Muslim women of all backgrounds share their journeys and reflections- weaving powerful, unforgettable stories about their increasingly visible role in the global culture. She has been published at Huffington Post and authored an essay in the book, Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay. Sabina also works as an editor at AltMuslimah, a media platform that is wholly dedicated to stories and commentary on gender-in-Islam.
10/6 Susie Lampert, "Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Activism, and Social Justice."
Susie Lampert was Barbara Brenner's life partner for 38 years, from the time they met in graduate school until Barbara's death from ALS in 2013. Susie will talk about Barbara's life and influence on breast cancer activism, and read selections from So Much to Be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner.
11/3 League of Women Voters, “Get Ready to Vote!”
Emerging from the Women's Suffrage Movement, the League of Women Voters has maintained its prime mission of political education for 96 years and continues to be an iconic organization acting in the public interest. This presentation will cover highlights of the League's history, mission and current relevance. The presenter, Nancy Burrington, has a BA in Political Science from Dominican University, an MA in Psychology (Organization Development) from SSU and is President of The League of Women Voters of Sonoma County.
11/10 SSU Undocu-Scholar Coalition, “Undocumented Students Speak Out.”
SSU Undocu-‐Scholar Coali0on provides support to current and future undocumented Sonoma State University students and their allies, enabling them to succeed. This presenta0on from SSU Chicano and La0no Studies lecturer Mariana Mar0nez will cover informa0on about policies including Deferred Ac0on for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), License informa0on (AB-‐60), California Dream Act, and AB-‐540. SSU students will also speak about their experiences and discuss the plans to start a Dream Center on our campus.
11/17 Rebecca Fein, “Stories of Surviving and Thriving After Experiencing Sexual Assault.”
Becky Fein is the Founding Director of the Powerful Voices Project, a documentary film series that tells stories of resilience, hope, and recovery of people who have experienced sexual trauma. This interactive talk will explore the power of storytelling in service to healing, and changing the conversation around sexual assault and its survivors. Becky holds a BA degree in Sociology from UC Davis, and a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University. She's been working in sexual assault prevention, and mental health promotion for almost ten years.
12/1 Nia King, “Queer and Trans Artists of Color.”
Nia King is a queer, mixed-race writer, illustrator, drummer, filmmaker, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts who is proud to call Oakland home. She is a multimedia journalist whose work focuses on political art by women, queer people, and people of color. She is the author of Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives and the host and producer of We Want the Airwaves Podcast. She will be sharing from her most recent book: Queer and Trans Artists of Color
The Fall 2016 Feminist Lecture Series is made possible through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program.
2/1 Felicia Elizondo, "Tour of the Tenderloin in the 1960s"
Elizondo, a self-described Mexican Spitfire, Screaming Queen, Pioneer, Legend, Icon, Diva, 29-Year
Survivor of AIDS, Vietnam Veteran and 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal of SF Pride
Parade, was one of the transgender activists of the 1966 Compton Cafeteria Riots. She will recount the
lives of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the 1960s to explain how the riots were a fight for a
diverse gay and trans community to claim public lives and become who they were meant to be, paving
the way for future generations.
2/8 Jacob Sperber, "Generators"
Jacob Sperber is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer living in the San Francisco most known for
founding the popular Honey Soundsystem dance-music collective. He will talk about Generators, an
art project he developed for a 2015 artist-residency at Smart Bar Chicago. Watching how the internet,
PREP, and the closing of gay bars and sex clubs was changing the landscape of how queers interact,
Sperber created a multimedia symposium on the value of the nightclub to gay life across three
generations. Students will hear episodes, see some of the art, and hear theory on how raucous clubbing helped create gay liberation.
2/15 Michal MJ Jones, "Underneath the Mainstream Movement - Black Queer & Trans Liberation NOW!"
SSU grad Michal Jones (MJ) contributes to the Everyday Feminism and Black Girl Dangerous blogs,
participates in the all-Black direct action group black.seed, and works with youth and college students.
Jones will discuss how marriage equality and stricter laws enforcing police body cameras are sweeping
but shallow changes that often leave behind the most oppressed among us including queer and trans
people of color (QTPOC), undocumented queer folks, sick and disabled queers, and countless others.
Jones will address the success and failures of current movements of QTPOC and Black queer groups
working to fight oppression.
2/22 Hunter Hargraves, "Critical 'Jiz': Affective Economies of Perversion in Televisual Remix Culture"
Hunter Hargraves, CSU Fullerton Assistant Professor of Cinema and Television Arts, studies the
discomfort of contemporary American television. This talk explores affective possibilities of online
queer TV remix, which gives audiences a new perspective on original sources though “queering”
television series nostalgia. Using Sienna d’Enema’s “Jiz,” a series of remixes of the 1980s cartoon Jem
and the Holograms that transforms the glam girl rocker into a profane, violent, and drug addicted drag
queen, Hargraves tracks how nostalgia reshaped through participatory culture eliminates barriers between media consumers and producers.
2/29 Jane Ward, "Not Gay: Straight White Men, Homosexual Sex, and the Making of Heteromasculinity"
Jane Ward is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California
Riverside, and author of Respectably Queer (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008) and articles on queer
politics, whiteness, heterosexuality, and queer motherhood. In this talk based on her new book, Not
Gay: Sex between Straight White Men (NYU Press, 2015), Ward traces narratives about straight white
men’s homosexual encounters to offer a way to think about heterosexuality as its own unique mode of
engaging homosexual sex, characterized by pretense, disidentification and racialized heteronormative
3/7 Ramzi Fawaz, "'Flame On!': Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of the Fantastic Four"
Ramzi Fawaz is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and author
of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press,
2016). His talk will detail how Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, first released in 1961, placed its
heroes outside of Cold War gender and sexual norms. Fawaz explores the series’ surprisingly queer
evolution, which mutated the bread-winning father, doting wife and bickering siblings of the 1950s
nuclear family into icons of 1960s radicalism: the left-wing intellectual, liberal feminist, political activist, and potential queer.
3/28 Ana Castillo, "GIVE IT TO ME: On Transgressive Desires"
Beloved Chicana author Ana Castillo will discuss her Lambda-award winning Give It To Me (Feminist
Press, 2014), a provocative novel that the Las Cruces Sun-News lauded as “a brave exploration of
uninhibited feminine sexuality — at least on the surface. But it's also…a great American novel, an
examination of family, class issues and the search for happiness.” Castillo will explore gender,
sexuality and identity in Give It To Me while touching on her three decades as an acclaimed novelist,
essayist, poet and playwright. At 7:30 pm in the Student Center Ballroom, Castillo will be in conversation about her new book, BLACK DOVES: Essays on Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me (Feminist Press, 2016).
4/4 Joy Young, "Your Voice Matters: Slam, Stories, and Social Justice"
SSU WGS alum Joy Young is a performing and teaching spoken word artist who has gained national
attention most notably at the National Poetry Slam (2013, 2014), the Individual poetry Slam (2014,
where they ranked in the top 25), and Women of the World Poetry Slam (2015, where they ranked in
the top 20). Much of Joy's work centers on transgressing borders and entering social justice topics
through personal narratives. Young will talk about slam poetry as a social justice tool, what it means to
be a queer voice on the stage, and the cathartic power of literary performance.
4/11 Shine Louise Houston, "The Value of Pornography: Queer Visibly and the Sexual Landscape"
As the founding producer and director of Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com,
PinkLabel.tv), Shine Louise Houston’s works have become the gold standard of adult cinema,
internationally screened from Amsterdam to New Zealand and recognized among the big wave of
women-produced porn. Houston’s unique, diverse films span gender and desire to offer honest and
inclusive portraits of queer sexuality. Houston will present on the social value of pornography, and
reflects on today's porn landscape, arguing that there’s a lot of room and need to create adult content that’s real, respectful, powerful, ethical, and political.
4/18 Johanna Brieding, "Epitaph for Family"
Swiss-born and L.A.-based multimedia artist Johanna Breiding locates her work within the intersection
of analog and digital technologies, the construction of gender and cultural identity, and a critique of
heternormative ideologies within the personal and social space. She will discuss her recent solo
show, Epitaph for Family, a highly collaborative multimedia installation that addresses notions
of queer family-making, exploring love, intimacy and loss through the image and connotations of the
horizon line and the dinner table. The project questions the difference between and sameness within queer and heteronormative family structures, and how these constructs define the individual and community.
4/25 Cheryl Dunye, "New Queer Black Cinema: A Her-story"
Liberian-born Cheryl Dunye, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco
State University, is an acclaimed filmmaker. Dunye wrote, directed, and starred in the first African
American lesbian feature film, The Watermelon Woman (1996). Her recent Black Is Blue won four
major festival awards with its exploration of trans black men’s experiences of everyday racism and
transphobia. Other films include Mommy Is Coming, The Owls, My Baby’s Daddy, and Stranger
Inside. In this talk, Dunye will discuss her role as a storyteller as a means of empowerment for a variety of marginalized racial, sexual and political identities.
5/2 Trystan Cotten, "Feminism, Men, and Masculinity: A Trans/sectional Perspective"
Trystan Cotten, CSU Stanislaus Professor of Gender Studies and founding editor of Transgress Press,
teaches and has published six books and numerous articles on transgender and masculinity studies. His
current research focuses on migrations travelled by African Diasporic trans people. In explorations
between feminist and trans theory and politics, male privilege has been a chief concern, yet trans men,
especially of color, are underrepresented. In this talk, Dr. Cotten will explore the perspectives of trans
migrant men and men of color to offer a new transectional understanding of gender embodiment and
The Queer Studies Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the WGS Department, Queer Studies Minor, SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program, Associated Students Productions, HUB, and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies. Questions? Contact WGS Chair Don Romesburg: email@example.com
8/28 Sonya Renee Taylor, "The Body is Not an Apology"
Award winning Poet, Activist and Transformational Leader Sonya Renee is Founder of the intersectional international movement, The Body is Not An Apology, a global coalition of over 26, 000 people focused on radical self love and body empowerment. Sonya is also a National and International poetry slam champion, author and educator who has mesmerized audiences across the US.
9/10 Aurora Guerrero, "Challenging Dominant Narratives through Film"
Aurora Guerrero, filmmaker, wrote and directed Mosquita y Mari (2012) a critically acclaimed coming of age film following two young Latinas in Los Angeles. A queer-identified Chicana raised in the San Francisco, Bay Area by immigrant Mexican parents, Guerrero received her MFA from Cal Arts in Film Directing and has over 10 years of filmmaking experience as a writer/director. 1Mosquita y Mari was theatrically released in New York City where the New York Times praised: “An unassuming indie jewel...”.
9/24 Jane Kim, "Public Policy: Uplifting Marginalized Identities & Communities"
Jane Kim, San Francisco District Supervisor, is the first Korean American supervisor in the country, representing a diverse district encompassing the majority of new construction in San Francisco. Kim’s landmark initiatives include The Fair Chance Act, $15 minimum wage, and a homeless shelter reform. She is a former civil rights attorney whose practice at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights focused on combating new Jim Crow voting laws in California. Kim directed the youth empowerment program at the Chinatown Community Development Center, an affordable housing developer.
10/8 Sandra Garcia Rivera, "Latina Empowerment through Music"
Award winning poet Sandra Garcia Rivera has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, Great Britain and Holland with her Nuyorican soul, and blues inspired delivery. She is the co-founder of Yaya the all women’s Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican music ensemble based in NYC, and is a featured vocalist and percussionist on the album Boricua Roots Music by Yerbabuena.
10/22 Stacey Thompson, "Summer Search: Fostering & Empowering Marginalized Youth"
Stacey is Senior Director of Talent at Summer Search, a national organization dedicated to empowering underrepresented youth to college prep. She holds a BA in Women and Gender studies from Sonoma State University. Stacey spent three years as Program Director helping launch the organization’s New York office, before rejoining their team in her hometown of San Francisco.
11/12 Dr. Margaret Hunter, "Light, Bright, and Almost White: Exploring Colorism and Pop Culture"
Margaret Hunter, Professor of Sociology at Mills College, holds the Metz Chair for excellence and creativity in teaching. She is author of Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone (2005, Routledge) as well as numerous articles on gender, race and constructions of beauty within African American and Latina communities. Her courses include Sociology of Hip Hop, Sociology of Immigration, and the Sociology of Oakland.
11/19 Ashara Ekundayo, Impact Hub Oakland, "Cultural Equity, Civil Rights, and the Artivism of #SayHerName"
Ashara Ekundayo is Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space which supports artists, entrepreneurs and local businesses. Ashara has been a consultant, producer, and project manager for over 20 years, working with national and international organizations to help build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative practice including performance arts ritual, exhibition, and film.
12/3 Karina Muniz and Maria de Jesus Jimenez, "Mujeres Unidas Y Activas"
Karina Muñiz, MUA’s Political Director, has worked for over 15 years as an organizer and activist for racial and gender justice, household worker rights and immigrant rights as a Xicana ally. She has published in Working for Justice: The LA Model of Organizing and Advocacy. She holds Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from UCLA, and is an alumna of the Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) for creative nonfiction writing.
Maria de Jesus Jimenez is one of MUA’s founding members and has been on staff since 1994. Originally responsible for launching MUA’s Oakland office, Maria oversees MUA’s support programs organization-wide.
The Fall 2015 Feminist Lecture Series is made possible through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program.
2/2 Cecilia Chung, “Trans Lives Matter”
Cecilia Chung has spent much of her adult life in LGBT advocacy, including serving as Asian Pacific Islander HIV Program Director and Deputy Director at the Transgender Law Center. She founded San Francisco Transgender Advocacy and Mentorship (SF TEAM) to provide events for the transgender community and is one of the co-founders of the annual Trans March. She will discuss how contemporary transgender advocacy, legal advance, and ongoing challenges, should be understood through intersectionality with gender, race, class, and sexuality.
2/9 Christina Hanhardt, “Safe in the City? Fighting Violence and Claiming Space in San Francisco LGBT History”
Christina Hanhardt, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, is the author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke University Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies. This talk traces the history of LGBT activism against violence and for safety in the context of local neighborhood politics in San Francisco since the mid-1960s. Highlighting themes of street violence, policing, and gentrification, Hanhardt asks broader questions about what makes places "safe" for queer communities, and how issues of racism and class inequality have shaped activist visions. She also considers what this history might offer to more recent debates about police violence and protest, and the place of queer politics in fighting for more just cities today.
2/16 Heklina, “The ‘T’ Word”
The creator, producer, and host of Trannyshack, San Francisco’s most successful and longest running drag performance event, Heklina, is a Bay Area drag icon who just opened a brand-new cabaret nightclub called Oasis. She found herself front and center when Trannyshack recently became a site of debate between members of drag and trans communities over who was allowed to use the word “tranny?” What role does context play? What is the history of the word, and how has meaning changed over time? In this talk, Heklina will share her experience of moving through the turmoil, and the decision making process of changing the name of her event.
2/23 Suegee Tamar-Mattis, “A History of Transgender Medicine”
Suegee Tamar-Mattis, D.O., is a family practice physician who runs the transgender clinic at Vista Health Center, addressing the needs of Sonoma County's diverse transgender community since 2008. Dr. Suegee will discuss the history of transgender medicine in Europe and the United States from the 1850's to today. Who were Magnus Hirshfeld and Harry Benjamin? What does mayhem have to do with transgender surgery? The development of medical care for the transgender community is an interesting story and will shed light on the state of care today.
3/2 Clare Sears, “The Queer Crime of Cross-Dressing”
San Francisco State Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Clare Sears specializes in queer theory and transgender studies, as well as critical studies of law, punishment and social control. She has published articles on transgender history in GLQ and WSQ. Today’s talk about the nineteenth-century development of anti-cross-dressing law in San Francisco is based upon her new book, Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Dyke University Press, 2015).
3/9 Daisy Hernández, “Queer Cuentos, Queer Narratives”
Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has written for The Altantic, Ms. magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, The New York Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill. Read more at www.daisyhernandez.com. In her talk, she will explore how sexuality and gender are often portrayed as highly personal stories, or cuentos, disconnected from community and from experiences of race, class and immigration. But the most private story is also the most public one. Hernández will discuss reporting and writing about the intersection of gender and race, the double narrative Latinas face about sexuality, and why erasing bisexuality is bad for everyone.
3/23 K.M. Soehnlein, “Everybody Everybody: On ACTUP, Queer Nation and Coming out in the 1980s”
K.M. Soehnlein is the author of three novels, the award-winning World of Normal Boys, its sequel, Robin and Ruby, and You Can Say You Knew Me When, and a widely published essayist. He teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Weaving in material from his forthcoming novel Everybody Everybody, a fictional portrait of what it was like to be a young gay man during an era of crisis, social upheaval and street activism, Soehnlein will describe his experiences in ACT UP, the AIDS activist group that started in New York City in 1987 and used nonviolent civil disobedience to influence the government, the media, and the medical establishment. He will also discuss his membership in Queer Nation, formed in 1990 to confront LGBT issues unrelated to HIV/AIDS.
3/30 Darius Bost, “Hip Hop’s Early Introduction to Sex?: Queer Readings of ‘Rape’ in Popular Culture”
Darius Bost, Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, is at work on his first book manuscript, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence, which explores the outpour of black gay literature and culture from the late 1970s to the mid-90s, alongside extraordinary forms of violence that black gay men faced during this period. This presentation explores recent media representations of black male childhood sex and victimization, focusing on the cases of recording artists Chris Brown and Lil Wayne. In interviews, both have discussed their childhood sexual encounters with older girls, setting into motion cultural debates about the meaning of “rape” when black male bodies become the site of violation. Bost will trace these discourses to examine the problematic of claiming these men’s experiences under the category of “rape.” He suggests a queer reading practice that imagines the unimaginable subjectivities produced through experiences of childhood sex and sexual victimization.
4/6 Tina Takemoto, “Memoirs of Bjork-Geisha: From Orientalism to Incarceration”
Artist and Associate Professor of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts Tina Takemoto has presented artwork and performances internationally. Her film Looking for Jiro received Best Experimental Film Jury Award at the Austin LGBT International Film Festival, and her articles appear in Afterimage, Art Journal, GLQ, Performance Research, Radical Teacher, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance, and the anthology Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto is board president of the Queer Cultural Center and co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts. She will discuss performing queer failure in Memoirs of a Björk-Geisha and Looking for Jiro, two works interrogating art world orientalism and Japanese American incarceration through musical mash-up drag performance. While Björk-Geisha performs chopstick harakiri in protest of Matthew Barney’s and Björk’s artistic forays in Japan, Jiro confronts forbidden homoerotic fantasy in the camp mess hall. Takemoto reflects on the psychic toll of embodying toxic stereotypes as well as the challenges of performing queer failure in alternative visions of Asian American history.
4/13 Sahar Amer, “LGBT People and the Arab Spring”
Sahar Amer is Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Sydney has published extensively on gender and sexuality in Arabic and French literature, on Franco-Arab and Arab-American postcolonial identities, and on Muslim women veiling practices. The main conceptual paradigm underlying her research is that “borders” (cultural, linguistic, historical, and geographic) are not elements of separation and division, but rather fluid spaces of cultural exchange, adaptation, and collaboration. Amer will discuss the impacts that the Arab Spring and subsequent events have had on LGBT people in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
4/20 Lani Ka’ahumanu, “Free Range Chickens and The Challenge to Hetero/Homosexual Assumptions”
Bisexual hapa feminist elder activist, author, poet, co-editor of the groundbreaking Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, and co-founder and organizer of many bi organizations, Lani Ka’ahumanu has been called the strategic architect of the contemporary U.S. bisexual movement. Ka’ahumanu is currently working on her activist memoir My Grassroots Are Showing: Movement Stories, Speeches, & Segues. She is also editing a book of poetry, Primal Creams and Forbidden Dreams. In this talk, Ka’ahumanu will recount her evolution from 1960’s suburban housewife to marching with the lesbian mother’s contingent in the 1976 San Francisco Gay Pride March to founding BiPOL, the first bisexual feminist political organization, in 1983. Ka’ahumanu’s decades-long activist stories will highlight bisexual history leading to a 2012 invitation to the White House, where upon hearing President Obama say “Lesbian, Gay and Transgender” she shouted “and bisexual.” Fearless and funny, she will leave you with a better understanding of the “B” in LGBTQ.
4/27 Nan Alamilla Boyd, “Queer Tourism and Late Capitalism”
Nan Alamilla Boyd is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University where she teaches courses in queer and feminist theory, historical methodology, and urban studies. Her Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 (University of California Press, 2003), charts the rise of gay and lesbian politics in San Francisco, and with Horacio N. Roque Ramírez she co-edited Bodies of Evidence: the Practice of Queer Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is currently at work on a third book project on San Francisco tourism and gentrification. Her talk explores the transformation of San Francisco’s Castro district into a tourist destination. It traces some of the mechanisms neighborhood boosters mobilized in the Castro to claim/retain space and resources within the city. Tracing these mechanisms reveals the ways race and sex have been put to work in new and overlapping ways under late-capitalism in order to produce new capital.
The Spring 2015 Queer Studies Lecture Series is made possible through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Queer Studies Minor, and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program.
8/28 Verity, “Eliminating Sexual Assault Through Education”
Verity works to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Sexual assault is an unacceptable and unconscionable form of oppression, which is destructive to the lives of survivors, their families, and friends. Verity facilitates healing and promotes the prevention of violence by providing counseling, advocacy, intervention, and education in our communities.
9/11 Black Women’s Media Project, “African American Women Promoting Positive Mental Health”
The Black Women’s Media Project (BWMP) serves the needs of African American women through a range of programs addressing overcoming mental health challenges and helping to shift the stigma and silence that occurs in Black communities regarding mental health issues. BWMP facilitates "Be Still" retreats focusing on stress-reduction/relaxation and practices that support good mental health.
9/25 Women’s Health Specialists, “What Does Feminist Health Care Look Like?”
A feminist women’s health center, Santa Rosa Women's Health Specialists, is dedicated to providing women-controlled health care. Their philosophy is to promote positive images of women and provide clients with a new perspective of their bodies and health.
10/16 Sherry Caldwell, “Breastfeeding: Bringing Back Tradition” and “Prevention and Treatment of
Diabetes in Indian Country”
Sonoma County Indian Health Project provides health care for all Indians of Sonoma County in a manner that is sensitive to the
culture and traditions of the local Indian Tribes. This presentation covers two important health projects: 1) The Native
Breastfeeding Council—whose vision is a return to the tradition of breastfeeding for emotional, spiritual and physical health and 2) Healthy Traditions—a wellness program focusing on managing diabetes.
10/23 Alexandra Kelner, “Beyond Condoms and Contraception: Sexuality Education and Social
Sexual health encompasses much more than just the prevention of disease and unintended pregnancy. Issues of pleasure, autonomy, interpersonal relationships, and young people’s connections with larger social constructs are often ignored in the classroom. Alliance Medical Center’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education seeks to address these gaps to account for the variation of lived sexual experiences of youth and to further youth empowerment towards health and wellness.
11/6 Yong Chan Miller, “Adoption Justice: Transnational/Transracial Adoption and the Reproductive
In a movement that is dominated by an abortion vs. parenting discourse, adoption is often sidelined and therefore not well
understood. Adoption is a complex and important issue involving birth mothers and first families, adoptees, adoptive families,
communities, and governments. Examining adoption practice through a reproductive justice lens requires us to ask tough questions and seek alternative answers.
11/13 Marti MacGibbon, “Survivor Resilience: Overcoming Human Trafficking, Trauma and Addiction”
Empowered survivor and advocate Marti MacGibbon will deliver an upbeat, energetic and often humorous talk, touching upon her
riveting and powerful personal comeback story, and providing insights into building resilience, overcoming adversity and
challenges, and staying inspired. She is the author of Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.
12/4 Dr. Xóchitl Castañeda, “Migration and Health: A US-Mexico Binational Perspective”
The goal of the lecture is to strengthen student's knowledge and understanding of im/migration, health and disease at the community and population level. Addressing the health needs of im/migrants in social and culturally appropriate ways is critically important for creating an inclusive, cost-effective health care system and a more equitable society. Effective public health policies, interventions and population-based preventive programs are important tools for promoting healthy behaviors and reducing risk factors for adverse health outcomes in this vulnerable population.
The Feminist Lecture Series is made possible through the Women's and Gender Studies Department and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program
1/23 Julio Salgado, "I Exist: My Undocumented and Queer Narrative Through Art"
Julio Salgado (juliosalgado.com) is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement. His work has been praised by OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3's Multi-American blog and the influential journal ColorLines. Salgado graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in journalism.
1/30 Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, "Black, Trans and Indie"
Dr. Kortney Ziegler is an Oakland-based award-winning artist, writer, and the first person to hold the Ph.D. of African American Studies from Northwestern University. He directed the multiple award winning documentary, STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen, runs the GLAAD Media Award nominated blog, blac(k)ademic, and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 LGBT activists by The Advocate magazine. He also founded Trans*H4CK--the only tech event of its kind that spotlights trans* created tech and trans* led startups.
2/13 Raquel Gutiérrez, "Radical Narcissism"
Raquel Gutiérrez is a writer, performer, commentator and artist living in the Bay Area. Her work focuses on the nexus of queerness, Latinidad, community organizing and popular culture as it interfaces with her child of immigrants psychic baggage. Radical Narcissism explores how we organize ourselves as we enter movement spaces that catalyze social change. It is an experiential history of queer organizing in Southern California.
2/20 Xandra Ibarra, "Stuck With This"
Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist, community organizer, and lecturer from the El Paso/Juarez border that performs under the alias of La Chica Boom. La Chica Boom is a neo-burlesque performance project that Ibarra created to question sexual/racial representation, queer formations, and compulsory whiteness.
2/27 Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarashina, "F*cking Sh*t Up For Freedom: QTPOC Performance Beyond Survival"
Queer Sri Lankan writer and performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of the Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. She is the co-founder of the queer and trans people of color performance tour Mangos With Chili, a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with UC Berkeley's June Jordan's Poetry for the People.
3/6 Ryan Lee Cartwright, "Peculiar Places: A Queer/Crip History of Rural Nonconformity"
Ryan Lee Cartwright is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis. He is completing a book manuscript called Peculiar Places: A Queer/Crip History of Rural Nonconformity, which examines the historical intersections of disability, sexuality, and class in the twentieth-century rural United States.
3/13 Michael Nava, "From Mental Illness to Marriage Equality: the LGBT Rights Movement"
Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios. His new novel, The City of Palaces, is set just before and the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. He can be reached through his Facebook page, “Michael Nava, Writer” or his website: http://michaelnavawriter.com.
3/27 Jai Arun Ravine, "Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Dis-fluency and Illegibility in Identity and Art-making"
Jai Arun Ravine is an interstitial writer, dancer, performer and filmmaker. They are the author of แล้ว and then entwine: lesson plans, poems, knots (TinFish Press) and the creator of Tom / Trans / Thai, a short film on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, which has screened at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Thailand) and CAAMFest 2013 (San Francisco), among others.
4/10 Toby Beauchamp, "X-Ray Specs: Transgender Politics and Surveillance at the Airport"
Toby Beauchamp is assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Oklahoma State University. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices. His work has been published in Feminist Formations, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, andreprinted in The Transgender Studies Reader 2.
4/17 Maisha Johnson, "Art and Creativity in LGBTQ Justice Work"
Maisha Z. Johnson is an award-winning writer and activist with an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. She develops transformative approaches to LGBTQ anti-violence work at Community United Against Violence (CUAV), leads arts and healing workshops with survivors of violence, and explores the relationship between writing and social change.
Monday 4/28 Kate Bornstein, "Sex, Bullies, and You: How America’s bully culture is messing with your sex life" **Evening lecture, 7pm in TBD** (co-sponsored by ASP and HUB)
Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist whose latest book is her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger. Other published works include Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives To Suicide For Teens, Freaks; and Other Outlaws, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us. Kate's plays and performance pieces include Strangers in Paradox; Hidden: A Gender; The Opposite Sex Is Neither; Virtually Yours; y2kate: gender virus 2000.
5/1 Marcia Ochoa, "Queen for a Day: Transformistas, beauty queens and the performance of feminity in Venezuela"
Marcia Ochoa is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Director of Program and Evaluation at El/La Para Translatinas, a social justice and HIV prevention program for transgender Latinas in San Francisco.
The Spring 2014 Queer Studies Lecture Series is made possible through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Queer Studies Minor, and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program.
8/29 Dr. Andreana Clay, "The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics"
Andreana Clay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU Press, 2012) explores how youth of color organize and identify as activists in the post civil rights era. Her articles on hip-hop culture, queer sexuality, youth activism, and hip-hop feminism have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals. She is also the author of the blog QueerBlackFeminist.
09/12 Dr. Breeze Harper, "Creating Critical Consciousness through Veganism"
Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a Research Fellow with the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis and the Director and Founder of The Sistah Vegan Project. Her research focuses on critical geographies of food and race, with an emphasis on black feminism and critical race theory. She is also the editor of Sistah Vegan which is the first anthology of its kind to look at how race and gender shape the vegan experience in the USA.
9/26 Alicia Walters, "Uplifting the Voices and Perspectives of those on the Margins"
Alicia Walters is a social justice organizer and communications strategist, policy advocate, and performing artist. Her vision is to transform social justice movements and radically improve the lives of women of color and their families with strategic collaborations that alter the dynamics of power. A few of Alicia's most recent projects include: passing a law to prohibit most dangerous shackles from being used on pregnant women in CA jails and prisons and a campaign in response to racist anti-abortion billboards in her community of Oakland, California where she served as a primary spokesperson.
10/3 Dr. Julia Allen, "Passionate Commitments, or, How I Got Hooked on Writing a Biography and Learned About Language, Power, and Lesbian History"
Julia M. Allen, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of English at Sonoma State University, where
she taught courses in writing, women’s studies, and rhetorical history and theory until
2004. She is the author of Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins, State University of New York Press, 2013. To learn more about the
book, go to: www.passionatecommitments.com.
10/10 Rob Diaz, "Partnering with the Community to Eliminate Sexual Assault and Violence"
Rob is Prevention Manager at Verity: Sonoma County's Rape Crisis & Counseling Center. He also served as Prevention Education Specialist and My Strength facilitator educating youth on sexual assault prevention. He has particular interest in encouraging boys and men to become active partners in the work of violence prevention across all of Sonoma County through education, outreach, and youth group facilitation.
10/24 Amy Chevrolet, "Circle of Sisters: Empowering Girls and their Families"
Amy Chevrolet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Program Director for Circle of Sisters (an after-school program for young girls in Sonoma County ages 10-14). Circle of Sisters seeks to empower adolescent girls in Sonoma County and reduce violence in the community by enhancing social skills and self-esteem while helping to encourage healthy lifestyle decisions.
11/7 Kate Weber, "The Invisible War: Addressing and Eradicating Military Sexual Trauma"
Kate Weber, a U.S. Army Veteran, is an advocate for Military Sexual Trauma survivors and Women Veterans. She is a Volunteer at Military Rape Crisis Center (MRCC) and Protect Our Defenders, two separate organizations founded to eradicate Military Sexual Trauma. Kate also works with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) to raise awareness and amend legislation currently requiring military rape victims to initially report the attack to their chain of command instead of law enforcement.
11/21 Dr. Cynthia Boaz, "Global Women-Led Struggles and Creating Non-Violent Change"
Dr. Boaz joined the faculty of Sonoma State University in Fall 2008. Her expertise is in strategic nonviolent action, civil resistance, quality of democracy, and political communication and media. Dr. Boaz is an Academic Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, a Washington DC- based human rights foundation that collects and disseminates knowledge on civil resistance. Dr. Boaz continues to work alongside notable veterans of the struggles in South Africa, Serbia, Burma, and the US Civil Rights Movement.
1/24 Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, " Intro to Queer Studies via Music and Pop Culture"
Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, (Ph.D. 2008, University of Virginia), is Stanford’s first Queer Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. Her scholarship and teaching theorize identity and affect through analysis of sonic, visual, film, and social media, feminist and queer theory, ethnography, and history.
1/ 31 Virgie Tovar, "There's Glitter In Fatlandia: Fat Activism as an Unapologetic Queer Politic"
Virgie Tovar is a fat activist, body image expert and coach. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion, and holds an MA in Human Sexuality with a focus on race, gender, and body size.
2/7Efren Bose, "LGBTQ Health Issues: An Introduction"
Efren Bose will be completing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at UC San Francisco in March 2013, and has had almost 20 years of activist experience in the LGBTQ, people of color and HIV/AIDS communities. Two things that he's proud of while at UCSF have been helping to coordinate the only course in the nation on trans health issues at a health sciences university, and finishing his capstone project: a study of the experiences of HIV+ patients with antiretroviral medication adherence.
2/14 Juana María Rodríguez, " Queer Latinidad"
Juana María Rodríguez is Assoc. Prof. & Vice Chair of Pedagogy in the Gender & Women's Studies Dept. at UC Berkeley, where she also directs the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the LGBT Studies Minor. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces and has published articles related to sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies.
2/21 Logan Talbot, " The "Evolving" Politics of Gay Marriage: From Bowers v. Hardwick to Hollingsworth v. Perry"
An Alabama native, Logan Talbot became involved in the gay rights movement as a community organizer in the Deep South. He has worked for an LGBT political action committee that helps elect LGBT candidates all over the globe and is currently in his second year at Berkeley Law School.
2/28 Madeleine Lim, " Telling Our Own Stories - Film: "The Gift of Family""
Madeleine Lim is an internationally acclaimed award-winning filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world and have been broadcast on PBS. The film, “The Gift of Family,” is an intimate look at the joys and challenges of queer Black women raising children.
3/7 Helen Carroll, "Fighting Homophobia in Sports"
Helen J. Carroll joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2001 to lead the Sports Project. She is well known in the sports world as an acclaimed national championship basketball coach from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Helen had been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletic Director for 12 years, and now devotes all her efforts to fighting homophobia in sports by directing NCLR's Sports Project.
3/7 D’Lo, "D’FaQTo Life" *Evening Performance in Warren Auditorium, 7pm*
D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D’FaQTo Life (pronounced De Facto) is a roller-coaster ride of emotions with stories executed through stand-up, spoken word/poetry, and theater. D’Lo explores topics relating to South Asia and transgender social justice from the perspective of being a child of immigrant parents, raised in hip hop culture while trying to negotiate how identifying as “queer” intersected with a passion to create political art.
3/28 Julie Shulman, " Bi Any Other Name: Non-binary Attraction Among Therapy Clients"
Dr. Shulman is a feminist psychologist who teaches in the graduate program in Counseling at Sonoma State University. She specializes in the role of culture in therapy, women's sexuality and lesbian/gay/bisexual mental health.
4/4 Tracy Garza, " Intersectionality, Disability, and LGBTQ Communities"
As one of the founding Board Members, Tracy Garza has been actively involved with Transgender Law Center. An ardent advocate for LGBT and disability issues, Tracy has also served as volunteer at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, GLAAD, the San Francisco LGBT Center, and the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and is currently a member of the S.F. Human Rights Commission’s LGBT Advisory Committee.
4/ 11 Anna Conda/Glendon Hyde, " Finding a Voice"
From a small gay child in Pittsburgh, PA to a San Francisco activist of note. Entertainment Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President 2012, Supervisor Candidate 2010, Miss Trannyshack 2004, All American Athlete 2004 (swimming), star of stage and screen. But all I ever wanted was to be a model.
4/25 Larry Yang, " Queerness, Mindfulness, and Social Justice"
Larry Yang teaches meditation and mindfulness nationally. Larry is a Spirit Rock teacher and a core teacher of East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland). Trained as a psychotherapist, he also has spent six months as a monastic in Thailand. His website www.larryyang.org and his blog http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-yang/ feature his writing about gay marriage and LGBTIQ spirituality.
8/28 Dr. Annie Fukushima, "Asian and Latina Migrants in the United States & the Invisible / Visible Paradigm of Human Trafficking"
Dr. Fukushima has her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Feminist Emphasis from UC-Berkeley and also serves as a consultant for Office of Victim’s of Crime, a Board Member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and sits on the Advisory Board of anti-trafficking organizations: The Standing Against Global Exploitation Project, Inc. and Survivor’s Connect.
9/4 Molly Murphy MacGregor, "Election 2012— Does Women’s Right to Vote Still Matter?"
Molly Murphy MacGregor is the Executive Director, Co-founder and President of National Women’s History Project working to help acknowledge and recognize the historic contributions of women. She has been widely noted for her work including awards from the National Education Association and the US Department of Education, among many others.
9/18 Mai Doan, "Reproductive Justice and Asian American youth empowerment"
Mai Doan is a Youth Organizer for SAFIRE, an organization that encourages young Asian women to develop greater awareness of themselves as part of family and community. She is currently working on a Sex Education Justice campaign geared to improve sex education in Oakland Public Schools.
9/ 25 Anushka Fernandopulle, "Buddhism and Feminism: Finding Your Path"
Anushka Fernandopulle is a Buddhist teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition who teaches meditation classes and retreats around the country. Anushka holds a BA from Harvard University in anthropology and religion and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She also works as a consultant and leadership coach and teaches mindfulness in companies and schools.
10/9 Alli Deering, "Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Advocacy"
Alli Deering is a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for Verity, providing crisis intervention and case management for survivors of sexual assault, medical, legal and law enforcement accompaniments, advocacy through the criminal and civil justice systems, as well as referrals to legal services and counseling/support groups.
10/16 Tomas Moniz, "Rad Dad: On Politics, Puberty, and Parenting"
Blogger and Author of Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Moniz is the winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s Best Local Zine for 2011 and UTNE Magazine’s Independent Media Award for Best Zine of 2009. Tomas lives with two amazing daughters, a bunch of chickens, bees, a cat & dog in south Berkeley.
10/30 Tania Pulido, "Organizing Youth and Community through Urban Farming"
Urban Tilth apprentice Tania Pulido runs the Berryland Garden in Richmond, CA – a space where local youths can learn about topics like climate change and environmental racism. Tania is deeply involved in issues impacting the health of her community and was the winner of the 2011 Brower Youth Award.
11/13 Matthew Paolucci Callahan, "A Double Bind: Professional and Social Sanctions for Women in Masculine Domains"
Dr. Callahan is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University. His primary research focuses on prejudice against gay men and lesbian women. He recently published, “Core American Values and the Structure of Antigay Prejudice” in The Journal of Homosexuality (2011.)
1/19 Positive Images, "LGBTQ Youth Speak Out"
Positive Images provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersexed youth and young adults, and educates the greater community. This panel will discuss what it means to be LGBTQ youth today.
1/26 Dr. Michael Rosenfeld, "Same-Sex Couples in American Society"
Michael Rosenfeld, social demographer and professor of sociology at Stanford University, studies the changing American family. In this talk he looks at what we know about same-sex couples, their children, their relationships, and broader American attitudes about gays and lesbians, using a variety of recent data.
2/2 Mildred Gerestant (DRED), aka LIGHT
LIGHT is a world renowned performance character actress, self-love educator, diversity consultant, LGBTQQIA supporter, and healer. She says: "When you accept all of who you are that is when real healing begins." This Haitian-American actress is best known for her one-woman, thought provoking shows that feature female And male characters. LIGHT’s noon lecture will be followed by an evening performance also open to the public.
2/2 - 7pm Warren Theater SSU I TRANSCEND-HER
Gender-bending, Haitian-American performance artist, LIGHT shares her personal journey through a mix of poetry, education, and humor. This evening performance addresses the herstory/history of transgendered, cross-dressing, and gender bending ancestors: from two-spirited/multi-gendered people of African, Indian, and Native-American tribes to participants of Haitian ritualistic ceremonies.
2/16 Kebo Drew, "Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project - Reels of Resistance: Film IS Social Justice Activism for LGBTQ Communities of Color"
Weaving galvanizing films with history, QWOCMAP illustrates the ways in which art has always been a source of cultural resistance and cultural renewal for communities of color, especially LGBTQ people of color. Artists have documented, shaped, defined and informed movements for change, and queers artists on the cutting edge of the LGBTQ movement are one of the keys to liberation. This presentation shows that art IS activism.
2/23 Mattilda Bernsterin Sycamore, " Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform"
Gay culture has become the ultimate nightmare of consumerism, whether it's an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. As backrooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture morphs into “straight-acting dudes hangin’out,” what are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a corporate-cozy lifestyle?
3/8 - Alma López, MFA
Born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa and raised in East Los Angeles, Alma López has exhibited her work in museums and community organizations all over California, the nation, and internationally. Through her work, her activism, and her popular website, López is one of the most visible and cutting-edge Chicana feminist activist artists in the country.
3/20 Peggy Orenstein, "From Princesses to Pop Tarts: What the New Culture of Girlhood Means for Girls and Those who Raise Them"
The WGS Department cordially invites you to return to campus (bring some friends!) to hear the acclaimed author, Peggy Orenstein. Please join current faculty and WGS student, as well as WGS alumni for this wonderful opportunity to hear this engaging author as she reads from her new book and muses on the "new girlie girl" culture. Make a night of it!
Peggy Orenstein writes for the LA Times, NY Times, and is author of SchoolGirls: Youth Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap, Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World, Waiting for Daisy:A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Fertility Doctors, An Oscar, An Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother. See Peggy Orenstein's website.
Co-sponsored by WGS Department, WGS Club, School of Social Sciences, Associated Student Productions, Counseling Department, and English Department.
3/22 Juno Obedin-Maliver, M.D., M.P.H. - Dr. Obedin-Maliver
Resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF, has a long-standing dedication to social justice issues in the United States and abroad. Her current work is focused on promoting health for women and LGBT people. Juno is proud to be a founding member of the Stanford Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG).
4/5 Rev. Jay Johnson, Ph.D.
Jay Johnson, a theologian and Episcopal priest, works for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry . Jay has served as the co-chair of the Gay Men's Issues in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion . He has also served as a parish priest in the Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago and California and is currently a clergy associate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley.
4/ 12 Dr. Priya Kandaswamy, "The Heterosexuality of Citizenship: Race, Marriage and the Politics of State Recognition"
Priya Kandaswamy is an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Mills College . Her talk will address how access to marriage recognition has emerged as the central arena of struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the U.S. This talk recontextualizes this struggle by turning to the practices of the Freedmen’s Bureau in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Bureau’s emphasis on marriage worked to define citizenship as a heterosexualizing institution that reinvented rather than challenged racial stratification.
4/19 Meghan Murphy, MSW
Meghan Murphy is the Program Director of Face to Face a local non-profit agency that provides supportive services to persons with HIV/AIDS and prevention education to the community at large. She will discuss how HIV/AIDS impacts the local queer community, prevention efforts targeted to the queer community, and the joy of working at a queer friendly agency.
4/26 Mia Nakano, " Visibility of and by the API Queer community: Using photography and film-making to create social change"
The Visibility Project seeks to break down racial, sexual, gendered, and ethnic stereotypes by utilizing visual media to breakdown multifaceted barriers. Lead and founding artist Mia Nakano, a queer Japanese American photographer, discusses her story, the process of the project, and shares how it developed from photographing queer sex workers in Nepal, to working in the United States with people from all walks of life.
5/3 PFLAG-North Bay, "Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays"
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization that celebrates diversity and envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
9/13 Stacy Malkan, "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry"
Stacy Malkan is a co-founder and the lead media strategist in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Stacy has helped create worldwide media coverage about toxic chemicals in personal care products and the availability of safer alternatives. She is also the author of the award-winning book, "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.
9/20 Johnny Symons, "Illuminating Queer Issues through Documentary Film"
Sundance and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Johnny Symons talks about using documentary as a tool for social activism through his films DADDY & PAPA and ASK NOT. DADDY & PAPA (2002) is about the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men raising kids. His newest award-winning documentary, ASK NOT (2008), about gays and lesbians serving in the US military under the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens, and screened on Capitol Hill.
10/4 Chie Abad, "Global Exchange"
Chie Abad is an activist for Global Exchange, an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice worldwide. Chie spent six years as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan, a U.S. territory, where she endured wretched conditions and frequently worked 14-hour shifts. Now Chie educates Americans about the inhumane factory conditions occurring worldwide, including on U.S. soil.
10/18 Debbie Davis, "Environmental Justice Coalition for Water"
Debbie Davis is Policy Directory for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), a coalition of more than seventy community-based, non-profits, tribes, faith-based, and environmental groups working to achieve water justice in California. She began her advocacy training in the area of social justice working on issues including women’s homelessness and access to higher education.
11/1 Julianne Ong Hing, "Colorlines Magazine"
Julianne Ong Hing is reporter/blogger at ColorLines. ColorLines offers award-winning reporting, analysis, and solutions to today’s racial justice issues. She has written about labor and migration, the politics of globalization, pop culture and consumerism, and food.
11/8 Elizabeth Sekera, "Lyon-Martin Health Services"
Elizabeth Sekera is an RN and the Clinic Director at Lyon-Martin Health Services. Founded in 1979, this organization formed as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental and affordable health care. The Lyon-Martin Health Services also provides case management and primary healthcare in programs specifically designed for very low-income and uninsured women with HIV. This clinic became a model for culturally sensitive community-based healthcare.
11/29 Tanene Allison, "Brave New Films"
Tanene Allison was most recently Political Director at Brave New Films. She began her work as a political activist in the streets of San Francisco, where she organized around homelessness, education, health care and access to political participation, and where she held public office from the ages of 19 to 23. A graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Tanene has worked to bridge policy creation, progressive media and increased political engagement. She's worked at thinkMTV, MTV's political coverage department. She's published everywhere from the Harvard Law Civil Rights Civil Liberties Review to the Huffington Post.
12/6 Alli Brinkerhoff, "Verity"
2/8 Shannon Price Minter, "Do Transsexuals Dream of Gay Rights?"
In the 1990s, many gay rights organizations opposed including transgender people in the LGB movement. Some responded that trans people should inspire an LGBT movement unified around the principle of gender non-conformity. While that strategy has been powerful, it also has made it harder to focus on race and class. Can we build a shared movement based on recognition of differences? Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a leading LGBT advocacy group. He represented same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case.
2/15 Francine Ramsey, "Black Lesbians Matter"
Ramsey is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Zuna Institute, a national advocacy organization for Black Lesbians, and the co-creator of the National Black Lesbian Conference. She has worked for over 20 years with civil rights organizations and LGBT organizations of color. Ramsey will discuss the Zuna Institute’s report, "Black Lesbians Matter: An Examination of the Unique Experiences, Perspectives, and Priorities of the Black Lesbian Community."
2/22 Raquel Gutiérrez, "Performing Community the Queer, Brown Way"
Gutiérrez, a community-based performance artist, playwright, and organizer, will discuss Los Angeles-based Chicana/o and Latina/o art interventions that explore queer lives in working-class neighborhoods. Gutiérrez is a co-founder of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan, a group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer LA Latinidad. At 7 PM in Ives Hall, Gutiérrez will perform MALATHION: LOW HUMAN TOXICITY, a one-person show.
3/1 Carolyn Laub, "The Safe Schools Movement: How We Can ‘Make It Better’ for LGBTQ Youth"
Laub, Founder and Executive Director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network, will discuss the history of California’s LGBTQ safe schools movement and GSA Network's Make It Better Project, launched as a response to fall 2010 suicides related to anti-LGBTQ bullying. The GSA Network empowers youth to fight homophobia and transphobia through GSA clubs.
3/8 Shane Windmeyer, "Campus Pride"
Windmeyer will lead a program that destroys stereotypes and compels participants to come out as visible allies and leaders for all, including LGBT people. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride, a national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
3/15 Susan Stryker, "Cross-Dressing for Empire: Gender and Sexuality at the Bohemian Grove"
Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, will explore how late-19th and early-20th-century cross-dressing at the Bohemian Grove—the exclusive Sonoma County retreat of the ultra-exclusive, all-male Bohemian Club—was integral to how members functioned as masters of the U.S. empire. Stryker is director of the Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria and author of Transgender History.
3/22 Martin Manalansan, "The House We Live In: Queer Habitations in the 21st Century"
Manalansan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the lives of a household of unrelated queer immigrants in New York City. He argues that their lives illustrate the workings of ongoing gentrification, xenophobia and national economic crises.
4/5 Amanda Littauer, "’We had the world by the tail!’: Teen Girls and Lesbian Desire in the 1950s"
Littauer, an assistant professor of History and Women's Studies at Northern Illinois University, will describe how, in the 1950s, same-sex desiring girls were isolated and punished, but some recall the era as dynamic and pleasurable. Discerning, naming, and acting on their desires, young women created a place for themselves.
SPECIAL SCREENING—7PM FRI 4/8 & 2 PM SUN 4/10: La Mission (2009)
Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) is respected in San Francisco’s Mission barrio for his masculinity, strength, and hobby building lowriders. As a reformed inmate, Che's path to redemption is tested when he discovers his only son, Jes (Jeremy Ray Valdez), is gay. To evolve, Che will have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Co-sponsored with the Sonoma Film Institute (Ives Hall).
4/12 Ryan Conrad, "Marriage = Death"
Conrad, founder of the Against Equality digital archives, dissects the affective rhetoric and rights-based discourse mobilized by national gay marriage campaigns. He examines how this collapses queer political imagination into narrow contemporary gay pragmatism. Conrad is an outlaw artist, terrorist academic and petty thief from a small Maine town.
4/26 Juanita MORE! and Family, "Three Generations of Drag"
Miss Juanita MORE! has been involved with the HIV/AIDS community in San Francisco since the mid 80’s and remains a tireless activist, fundraiser, DJ, and community builder, continuing to break ground with style and generosity. She will share her drag family and the support, activism, and community in this powerful alternative form of belonging.
5/3 Coyote Grace, "Folkstastic Trans"
Watch sparks fly between this acoustic down-home duo, combining guitarist Joe Stevens, a transman from Northern California, with upright bassist Ingrid Elizabeth, a sassy femme originally hailing from Southeastern Ohio. They capture the hearts of audiences nationwide with bluesy folkroots, sweet harmonies, and poignant songwriting.
5/10 Marilyn Wann, "Another Scary F-word: Confronting Weight-Based Prejudice and Health Messages"
This talk encourages people of all sizes and sexualities to recognize the impact weight-based messages and beliefs have on our lives, and how fat oppression connects to homophobia, sexism, racism, and the gender binary. Wann has been a fat activist since the mid-1990s, when she was denied health insurance based on weight and created the FAT!SO? 'zine and book. In 2000, Wann helped convince San Francisco to add height and weight to anti-discrimination laws.
9/7 Amy Chevrolet, "Circle of Sisters"
Sonoma County Circle of Sisters (COS) program meets the needs of girls to build positive relationships through the core COS principle of having "Place, People, Power, Purpose." Circle of Sisters is part of the St. Joseph Health System and is a recognized model for female violence prevention.
9/21 Clare Bayard, "The Catalyst Project"
The Catalyst Project is an organization committed to deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial movements for liberation. Clare, a core member, organizer, and trainer with Catalyst, will be presenting on the intersections between feminism and anti-racist activism.
9/28 Positive Images Speaker Panel
"Yes, we're queer and we are here!" This panel focuses on the true, intimate stories of queer youth and young adults. Presenters will discuss sexual orientation definitions, gender identity, school safety, and specific issues affecting LGBTQQI youth. Speakers will explain Positive Images' programs and how anyone can get involved.
10/5 Marie I. Gil-Ibanez, "Three Key Areas of Social and Economic Justice in Healthcare: Promotion, Prevention, and Advocacy"
Marie Gil-Ibanez, Director of Health for Community Action Partnership, will share successes and challenges of innovative healthcare strategies and will include an introduction to key initiatives and policies that address access to healthcare for uninsured children and families. Participants will learn how to take action in the areas of advocacy for the advancement of people of color and other underrepresented groups.
10/19 Keri Sheridan, "Santa Rosa Women's Health Specialists"
Women's Health Specialists is a feminist, non-profit, community health center in Santa Rosa. Keri will be presenting the history of Feminist Women's Health Centers, from their roots in the self-help movement of the 1960's, to their active roles in keeping abortion safe, accessible, and legal today. She will also include information about female health care from a feminist perspective, including birth control, abortion, gynecological health maintenance, and birth options.
11/2 Favianna Rodriguez, Visual Artist Celebrated artist activist
Favianna Rodriguez will discuss the process of developing art in collaboration with communitybased organizations, her own creative inspiration, and how she has been able to successfully carry out her vision. She will showcase case studies of successful social campaigns, exploring themes ranging from health, to environmental protection, to immigrant rights. Participants will learn about how art and graphic media can become tools with which to organize and inform, becoming channels for public intervention and power.
11/9 Alex Kelner, "United Against Sexual Assault"
As Prevention Education Manager at United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County, Alex will present on the larger social context of sexual violence and effective strategies for prevention.
11/30 Yvonne Tran, "Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice"
"How you fit into reproductive justice." Learn about the work Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) has done with Asian and Pacific Islander girls in Oakland, how we are increasing the strength of reproductive justice across the United States, and how we are building a national movement for Strong Families to shift culture and change policies about the way we think, feel, hear, see, and talk about families.
2/9 BeBe Sweetbriar, "The Next Gay Generation: Are They Listening?"
Through music, films and outreach, Ms. Sweetbriar dedicates her time and talent to fundraising for many AIDS service organizations. With progressive HIV/AIDS medication, gay-straight school services, and a resurgence in the LGBT equality movement, what role do drag queens play in preparing the next generation for the battles ahead?
2/16 Joey Plaster and Rev. Megan Rohrer, "Queer Public Histories of the Tenderloin"
Plaster and Rohrer give a multimedia presentation on queer public history engaging San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. These projects probe the intersections of poverty and social stigma, the role of theology in the GLBT movement, and parallels with current social and activist work. Plaster is an independent oral historian and Director of the GLBT Historical Society’s Oral History Program. Rev. Rohrer is Executive Director of Welcome Ministries.
2/23 Trystan Cotten, "Figuring Female Masculinity in Transsexual Autobiography"
Cotten, a CSU-Stanislaus teacher in the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies, will discuss his current research project, Second Thoughts: Exploring the Transition Narratives of Ex-Lesbians, on the autobiography of female-to-male transmen who lived once lived as lesbians and embraced lesbian feminism.
3/2 Michael Nava, "The Marriage Equality Struggle in California"
Nava will trace the history of the marriage equality struggle in California from the 1970s—when the legislature passed the law declaring marriage to be a union between a man and a woman—through the recent Proposition 8 decision. Nava is an attorney at the California Supreme Court for Justice Carlos Moreno and a novelist.
3/9 Katastrophe, "Sub-lebrity and Hip Hop: On Being Gaymous"
San Francisco-based rapper/producer Katastrophe weaves dense tales of lives lived outside the mainstreams. He was crowned Producer of the Year by Out Music Awards for his debut album Let's Fuck, Then Talk About My Problems 2004). His most recent and finest release, The Worst Amazing, came out in October.
3/16 E. Patrick Johnson, "‘Scatter the Pigeons’: Baldness & the Performance of Black Hyper-Masculinity"
Johnson, Northwestern University professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, describes how the bald hairstyle adorned by black men evokes desire and fear that create ambivalence around the ways race and gender are read onto the black male body. Black homosexual men have appropriated this hairstyle to recoup their black masculine identity and to disavow black community homophobia. In the evening, Johnson will perform his one-man show, Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell their Tales.
3/23 Cael Keegan, "Feeling Your Anatomy: Transmasculine Heroics and Phallic Mourning"
The Cliks, The L Word, and media incarnations of Brandon Teena present transmale bodies as heroically mournful in our male-dominated culture. These bodies initiate modes of masculine identification and privilege while deconstructing normative male subjectivity. Keegan, a University of Buffalo Ph.D. graduate in American Studies, argues that they transform mourning into a space for new forms of desire and violence.
4/13 Glenne McElhinney, "Making On These Shoulders We Stand"
Los Angeles' place in the LGBT rights movement is largely unknown. McElhinney’s On These Shoulders We Stand counters the popular belief that the early gay rights movement was limited to New York and San Francisco. Gay and lesbian seniors recall the trials and triumphs of the city's gay past, including the brutal collaboration between city fathers, the LA Times and the LAPD to make life miserable for LGBT people between the ‘50s and early ‘80s. In the late afternoon, there will be a campus screening of the film.
4/20 Josh Sides, "Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco"
Josh Sides, Whitsett Professor of California History and Director of the Center for Southern California Studies at CSU-Northridge, will discuss his newly published book Erotic City: Sexual Revoutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco (Oxford University Press, 2009).
4/27 Roberta Achtenberg, "30 Years & Counting: Everything Changes & Some Things Remain the Same"
Achtenberg, a founder of the National Center of Lesbian Rights and the immediate past Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, works as an economic and workforce development consultant to Lennar Corporation. Achtenberg was a San Francisco Supervisors and she served as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. She will provide insider reflections from decades in the LGBT political movement.
5/4 Jeffrey Escoffier, "Beefcake to Hardcore: Gay Pornography and the Sexual Revolution"
Drawing from his Bigger Than Life: The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore (Running Press, 2009), Escoffier argues that hardcore porn entered mainstream culture in the 1970s as the sexual revolution swept away many of the inhibitions and legal restraints on explicit sexual expression. The acceptance of pornography played a significant role in the sexual lives of gay men.
5/11 Emilie Roy, "'The Personal Is Historical: Lesbian Identity & the Sonoma Women's Movement"
Presenting from her prize-winning 2009 SSU History M.A. thesis, Roy explores the role that lesbians played in Sonoma County’s women’s movement, focusing on moments where their definitions, articulations, and negotiations of identity fueled the movement.
9/3 Marissa Keller, "Media, Body Image, and Identity: How Media Skews Our Self-Perception and What We Can Do About It"
While media can definitely be entertaining, many messages we absorb about who we’re "supposed to be" can be degrading and damaging. Mainstream ads and other portrayals can contribute to a host of problems for girls and women: low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, unhealthy diets and exercise regimens, and eating disorders. This diminishes women’s health and gender equality. You'll learn methods for finding out what media’s really selling and how to change the media environment to support and respect women and men alike. Education Into Action Workshop Leader Marisa Keller became involved in About-Face in order to promote positive self-image through media literacy. About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image.
9/17 Zakiya Harris, "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For"
A new generation of leaders is expanding the frame around green to include under-served communities. Learn about local innovative youth empowerment and green career program models as Mrs. Harris, founder of Grind for the Green, explores how to engage more people of color in the growing green economy. Grind for the Green is committed to moving youth of color from the margins to the epicenter of the environmental movement, through utilizing hip-hop culture as a vehicle to attract and engage youth of color, creating green pathways to success, which include careers, internships and educational opportunities, and connecting our local work to national and international campaigns for eco-equity.
9/24 Chie Abad, "Sweatshop Labor and Global Economy"
In countries around the world, millions of people around the world—mostly women—toil in sweatshops to make the clothes on our backs. Carmencita "Chie" Abad knows first-hand what is like to work in sweatshop. After spending six years as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan, Chie was fired from her job for attempting to organize a workers union to address the wretched working and living conditions in the factory. Today Chie works tirelessly advocating on behalf of individuals working in sweatshop conditions throughout the world and teaching others how they can make a difference through their consumer actions.
10/1 Lisa DeMartini and Jaime Rapaport, "Woman-Controlled Health Care"
Woman-centered health care has evolved from self-help techniques to commonly used medical practice today. Learn a feminist perspective on self-cervical exam, self-help home remedies, contemporary issues of abortion availability, birth control options and current medical practices and testing that affect women’s reproductive health. Lisa DeMartini and Jaime Rapaport are based in the Santa Rosa Site of Women’s Health Specialists. They share the experiences of over 30 years of feminist health history and currently work to fulfill the WHS mission: for women to control their own bodies, reproduction and sexuality, because only with dignity and freedom of choice can women achieve their full potential.
10/15 Sonoma 3rd District Supervisor Shirlee Zane, "Women in Politics: Sculpting Society's Future"
Only 30% of high elected offices in the United States are currently held by women. Yet women have a critical voice as caregivers in the community, and are pivotal to changing the way society approaches social justice and environmental stewardship. This lecture will explore strategies for balancing the gender scale in government. Shirlee Zane represents the Third District on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Since receiving her Masters in Counseling from Sonoma State University, she has also worked as a bilingual therapist, hospital chaplain and Chief Executive Officer for the Council on Aging.
10/29 Domestic Violence Awareness Panel organized by the YWCA
"The History of the Domestic Violence Movement…or Two Steps Forward and One Step Back." Denise Frey is the Executive Director and CEO of the YWCA Sonoma County and has worked in the domestic violence movement for over thirty years. In this presentation she will explore the history of the various movements that have resulted in today’s Domestic Violence Movement and the current expansion into the Family Justice Center Movement. She will be joined by Alexandra Walter, YWCA Board Member and staff to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.
11/12 Molly Murphy MacGregor, "Writing Women into History"
Since 1980, the National Women's History Project has been working to help write women back into history. It has been an amazing journey. MacGregor, president and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project, taught one of the first high school classes in women’s history in 1972. Since that time she has become a nationally recognized leader in honoring and celebrating women’s historic achievements.
12/3 Malinda Lo, "Queering Cinderella"
In the young adult novel Ash, author Malinda Lo has retold the Cinderella fairy tale—typically about fulfillment through heterosexual marriage—with a queer twist. The Cinderella character falls in love with a woman while negotiating with a fairy who is not much of a bubbly godmother. Lo will discuss her creative process and how she came to reinvent this traditional tale as a coming-of-age rather than a coming-out novel. Lo was born in China, grew up in Colorado and has since lived in Boston, New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, the largest entertainment news site for lesbians and bisexual women. In 2006, Malinda was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Ash is her first novel.
2/3 Garza, "Crossing Borders"
Garza, a Latino gay immigrant exploring sexuality as a "T girl" in the USA, will discuss how drag performance can work across borders of care, belonging, and transformation and highlight personal experiences crossing borders of culture and gender in the San Francisco Bay Area.
2/10 Paula Pilecki, "Some of My Best Friends are Gay: Creating a Queer-Friendly Community"
Paula Pilecki is the Executive Director of Spectrum LGBT Center in Marin County. Paula will discuss the assumptions, myths, and stereotypes that are behind resistance in schools, social service organizations, and communities of faith to the active inclusion of LGBT people. She will offer suggestions on how to create a successful grassroots campaign to inspire institutional and community change.
2/17 Amy Sueyoshi, "Homo-coming: Yone Noguchi's Closet and Transnationalism"
SFSU Ethnic Studies and Sexuality Studies Associate Professor Amy Sueyoshi will explore how immigrant poet Yone Noguchi wrote openly about the beauty of male same-sex love at the turn of the century only to declare heterosexuality in later writings. Sueyoshi argues that his life suggests limits and liberations of transnationalism and the power of personal will.
2/24 Stephanie Brill, "Beyond Binaries: Gender Spectrums"
Stephanie Brill is the co-founder and Director of Gender Spectrum Education and Training, a featured speaker on issues of the developmental stages of gender variance in children, and co-author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. She will introduce a multi-dimensional framework that seeks to counter the prevailing binary gender system. She will explore how children frequently experience the interrelated notions of biological sex, gender expression, and gender identity.
3/3 Andrea Shorter, "Marriage for All: Race Challenges and Marriage Equality"
Andrea Shorter is the Campaign Director of And Marriage For All, a public education campaign connecting issues of race and marriage equality and the Co-Chair of the Bayard LGBT Rustin Coalition, Northern California’s largest Black LGBT political organization. She will speak on the ways in which race related to Proposition 8 and its aftermath.
3/10 Kyriell Noon, "Only Six Degrees? Sexual Networks and HIV Prevention in Queer Male Communities"
Scholar-activist Kyriell Noon is the Executive Director of STOP AIDS Project, a community-based non-profit that works to prevent HIV transmission in the queer community. This talk will describe how even in major metropolitan areas, queer men are more closely connected to each other through sexual networks than previously thought. Working these networks to guide HIV prevention allows agencies to support existing friend groups, maximize community assets, and shape healthy community norms.
3/17 Jon Ginoli, "My Life in Pansy Division"
Jon Ginoli founded the band Pansy Division in 1991 as a way to combine the two big interests in his life: being a rock musician and being gay. Through eight albums and worldwide touring, it has combined unapologetic lyrics with catchy pop-punk rock. In March, Pansy Division will release their new CD That's So Gay and the DVD of the documentary Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band. Jon has just published a memoir titled Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division. He will talk about the history of Pansy Division, why to form such a band, and its relevance today.
3/24 Steve Toby, "What Does Transition Have to Do with Belonging?"
Steve Toby, an openly female-to-male transgender psychotherapist, will discuss the unique role that belonging plays in compelling compels those of us who identify as transgender to seek hormonal and surgical treatment.
4/7 Jeffery Schwarz, "Adding Value: The World of DVD Extras and How They Can Sometimes be Queer"
Jeffrey Schwarz is the President & CEO of Automat Pictures, a multi-award winning entertainment company widely recognized as one of the industry¹s leading producers of studio EPKs (electronic press kits), DVD content, original television programming, and feature films. He will give a behind-the-scenes talk on content produced for DVD releases of Hollywood films, with an emphasis on titles with queer content.
4/21 Felice Newman, "The Politics of Being Heard: Book Publishing & Queer Literature in the 21st Century"
Felice Newman is a founding publisher of Cleis Press. Her discussion reveals the "pay-to-play democracy" of the U.S. publishing industry and suggests how diverse queer voices break through the barriers of the marketplace.
4/28 Julian Carter, "Birds, Bees, and Venereal Disease"
Julian Carter, a queer theorist and historian, is currently Chair of the Critical Studies Program at California College for the Arts. Carter describes the ways in which modern U.S. sex education, from its early 20th-century roots, promoted cultural heteronormativity and whiteness through claims to "development" based in ecology and zoology coupled with claims of "contagion" spread by so-called "perverse" sexualities.
5/5 Shine Louise Houston, "Taking Power in Creating Images: Crash Pad Porn"
As the pioneering producer and director of Pink and White Productions, Shine Houston is dedicated to producing sexy and exciting images that reflect today’s blurred gender lines and fluid sexualities. Houston will discuss how Pink and White Productions creates porn that exposes the complexities of queer sexual desire, inviting viewers into a world of butches, bois, femmes, transfolk and more, with a focus unlike any other in the adult industry, focusing on the authentic passion between two (or more) bodies.
9/4 WHS, "Understanding Our Bodies: A Self-Help Approach Women's Health Specialists"
Jenny Mourgos, SSU alumna and health worker, and Lisa DeMartini, clinic manager, will share fertility awareness techniques through a cervix slide show and discuss the politics of pharmaceutical companies in an open forum -- bring questions and an open mind! WHS was founded in 1975 in Chico by nine laywomen dedicated to helping other women obtain health services that were otherwise unavailable to them. Currently, WHS has sites in Chico, Redding, Sacramento and Santa Rosa. By understanding women's ever-changing health care needs and the obstacles that prevent women from obtaining care, WHS provides women-centered, women-controlled care. WHS is a feminist clinic dedicated to serving women by vowing to inspire and empower all of those whom they encounter in their work.
9/11 Christopher Bowers, "HIV 101: A Gendered Perspective"
Christopher Bowers, a local Outreach Specialist with Face to Face/The Sonoma County AIDS network, will be discussing HIV prevention. The presentation will include the basic components of HIV prevention including transmission, risk factors and testing, but with a more nuanced gender analysis. Find out why women and people of color have an increased risk of getting HIV as well as why HIV is of particular concern to the transgender community. Mr. Bowers will also discuss and debunk persistent myths around HIV, giving a more clear and realistic view of the current epidemic. Christopher Bowers has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College where he majored in Community Social Services and Gender Studies.
9/18 Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, "Eating Disorders: How to Recognize Them and Get Support"
The presentation will cover the types of eating disorders, statistics regarding prevalence rates, etiology, and how to get the proper support for yourself or a friend. Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MA, MFT, is a psychotherapist currently working with the PsychStrategies, Inc., group practice in Santa Rosa. Her areas of specialization include eating disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, women's issues, and issues surrounding pregnancy and postpartum.
9/25 Renee Russo and Jenna Montgomery, "You Can Be Proactive About Your Breast Health: Breast Thermography"
The only preventive, non-invasive, 100% safe breast screening for women 20 years and older. Join Renee Russo and Jenna Montgomery, as they empower you with practical actions you can take TODAY, to maintain or improve your breast health. Mammograms can be too late... breast thermography can find unhealthy conditions up to 12 years before a mass is detected using any other technology. Renee and Jenna are Board Certified Thermographic Technicians, and currently offer breast screenings in Ukiah, Sebastopol, Napa and Novato.
10/2 Stephanie Halderman, "Acupressure for Women's Health"
Acupressure is a safe and effective way to help balance all stages of women's health. Stephanie Halderman will cover self-help acupressure & therapeutic massage techniques for hormonal balance, PMS, menopause, pain, emotional balancing and more. Stephanie Halderman, Dipl. ABT, EMT, CMT is a diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is the founder of Eastern Holistic Center in Sebastopol offering private sessions, classes and certification programs.
10/9 Najine Shariat, "You First: The Art and Science of Eating"
Najine Shariat, Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist, has an unparalleled approach to nutrition and the "art of living" which links nutrition to how we live, to helping prevent and treat major diseases, and making eating a pleasure. Ms. Shariat graduated from McGill University School of Nutrition/Dietetics in Canada. In October 2005, Najine traveled to Paris to finish her training in bringing the latest (and oldest) ideas from Europe to her patients! Ms. Shariat is also the founder of IT'S YOU! Nutrition clinic, which is located in Santa Rosa and has recently opened a second establishment in San Diego.
10/16 & 10/23 Michelle Doyel, "The Intimate Relationship"
The way we discuss intimate relationships, domestic violence, and victim services impacts our lives on a personal and political level. This "talk", or discourse, influences how we form and navigate intimate relationships and shapes the ways in which we respond, as an individual and/or as a society, to abuse within relationships. Is domestic violence a "human rights" issue? What are the necessary components of a healthy relationship? Join Michelle Doyel, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victim Advocate from the Petaluma Police Department to explore how positive communication in our relationships can be a powerful catalyst in social change. The second half of this presentation (held on 10/23) will examine sex, sexual assault and the importance of sexual health within intimate relationships. Ms. Doyel will be returning to help us explore how setting healthy boundaries, communicating about sex and speaking out against sexual assault can change the world!
10/30 Dawn Hartbatkin, "Bridging the Gap: Health Care Obstacles for Transgendered and Lesbian/Bisexual Women"
Dawn Hartbatkin, M.D., from Lyon Martin Health Services in San Francisco will address the obstacles faced by women and transgender people in obtaining quality health services. Lyon-Martin Health Services is the only free-standing community clinic in California with a specific emphasis on lesbian/bisexual women and transgender health care. Founded in 1979 by a group of medical providers and health activists, Lyon-Martin bridges the gap in sensitive health services available to low-income, uninsured women (primarily lesbians and bisexual women) and transgender people, who have often tended to go longer without routine care because of the difficulty in finding culturally sensitive health providers.
11/6 Phyllis Haig, "Chemical Rites of Passage in College-Age Populations: When Is Too Much Enough?"
Phyllis Haig, MFT, will present compelling information from current trends in substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and harm reduction methods as well as local resources and a quiz to self-assess personal use and function. Ms. Haig, an SSU alumna, is a frequent college presenter, and an expert in substance abuse and mental health treatment fields. Please join us as she offers a humorous, non-shaming, feminist approach to the topic of substance abuse.
11/13 Barbra Brady, "A Force of Nature: Revealing the Strength of Your Nature Through Yoga"
Barbra Brady is a certified yoga teacher who holds an MA in Liberal Studies in Museum Exhibition Theory and Religious Studies. As a student of Rod Stryker’s Parayoga teacher training, Barbra's teachings in Tantric Hatha Yoga focus on creating a personal practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation that are aligned with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, or "The Science of Life." These practices are the most authentic to yoga as it was first formulated 5,000+ years ago. Far more than physical exercise, Tantric Hatha Yoga's techniques hold particular power for women, as they increase our capacity to live our lives to the fullest and attune to and manifest our destiny while remaining balanced in our intuitive nature.
11/20 MIC, "Rebuilding Lives: The Feminization of Poverty and its Impact on the Homeless Population"
Please join Tanya Wulff, Case Manager and Annie Nicol, FNP, from the Committee On The Shelterless (COTS) to explore the feminization of poverty and its impact on the homeless population. Both Ms. Wulff and Ms. Nicol work at the Mary Isaak Center (MIC), which provides a transformative program designed to support individuals while they put their shattered lives back together again. In addition to providing basic human needs, the MIC also offers, and in fact, requires, residents to address the core issues of their homelessness. Often homelessness is a direct result of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) as well as substance abuse and health issues. We will explore how ACES, along with substance abuse and health issues, directly attribute to homelessness.
12/4 & 12/11, Danielle Ronshausen, "Film Viewing: "The Business of Being Born""
Danielle Ronshausen, doula and SSU alumna will join us with the highly acclaimed documentary, "The Business of Being Born." The makers of the film depict both sides of the childbirth debate: have your baby in hospital or at home with a midwife? The first half of the film will be shown on 12/4, and the second half on 12/11. Ms. Ronshausen will answer any burning questions at the end of this highly controversial video.
2/12 Ben Peacock, "The Private Lives of Dead Bodies: Mourning Homeless Young Queers"
Peacock is a Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at UC Berkeley. His talk traces the death of a collective home for some homeless young queers and the death of Green, a 23-year-old man.
2/19 Mel Y. Chen, "Queer Animality in Cultural Imagination"
Chen, a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will describe the sometimes constructed, sometimes incidental, relationship of queerness to animality.
2/26 Robert McRuer, "National Fantasies & Queer Anti-National Sexual Positions"
McRuer is Associate Professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches queer theory, disability studies, and critical theory. His paper argues that the playful gender trouble and foregrounding of sexual pleasures in Murderball (2005) allow for the contingent unraveling of aspects of conventional masculinity.
3/4 State Senator Carole Migden in Conversation
Carole Migden represents the 3rd District in the California State Senate. She will discuss her groundbreaking role as an out lesbian politician over decades of political advocacy and activism.
3/11 Holly Near, "Storytelling, Activism and Music"
For the past 40 years, Near has participated in many major social change movements. She cut her teeth in the peace movement of the early seventies and learned her early feminism from women living in war zones. Through her storytelling, Holly remembers the lessons with grace and humor.
3/18: Cecilia Chung, "United ENDA"
Transgender Law Center Deputy Director Cecilia Chung will speak on the recent struggle to prevent the Congressional Democratic leadership from excluding gender identity from workplace protection laws.
4/8 "Lesbians on Ecstasy, Re-Constituting Lesbian Concentrate"
Thirty years ago Olivia Records released Lesbian Concentrate, rumored to be the first album ever released with the word "lesbian" in the title. In 2007 the Lesbians On Ecstasy released the album We Know You Know using Lesbian Concentrate as inspiration for exploring second wave feminism and womyn’s music.
4/15 Andrew Sean Greer, "Tales from a Queer Novelist"
Andrew Sean Greer, author of three books of fiction, including the national bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004), will speak about the craft of fiction writing and the ways in which queerness informs his processes and content.
4/22 S. Lochlann Jain, "Cancer Butch"
Jain, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, will speak on the challenges for gender nonnormative people confronting breast cancer and its feminine-gendered meanings within a cultural context saturated by "pinkwashed" corporate care and advocacy marketing.
4/29 T. Kebo Drew, "Reels of Resistance: Film IS Social Justice Activism"
Development & Events Manager for the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) T. Kebo Drew manages the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and develops partnerships with community organizations. She will discuss how QWOCMAP counters the lack of representative images for queer women of color in traditional media by making film accessible as an art form for creative expression and an activist tool for social justice.
5/6 Joshua Grannell (aka "Peaches Christ"), "An Unlikely Career"
As an underground drag performer and filmmaker best known for his character Peaches Christ, Grannell created the outrageously popular multi-city midnight movie event Midnight Mass and has screened his short films at festivals internationally. He will share clips from his films and television show to illustrate the evolution of what was once a queer, transgressive, underground performance scene that eventually ended up (perhaps accidentally) becoming phenomenon.
8/28 Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, "Pregnancy, Pregnancy Loss, Transition to Parenthood: Overlooked Issues"
Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT, is the Bereavement Services Manager at Hospice By The Bay. She has been a hospice worker for twelve years, specializing in issues of grief and loss, including pregnancy and neonatal loss. She also has a private practice in Santa Rosa, where she specializes in issues related to pregnancy and new parenthood. Ms. Hirshfeld-Flores is also a trained doula (birth companion). She will discuss the emotional processes women and their partners may encounter as they move through pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood as well as neonatal loss.
9/4 Nicole Cushman, "Risky Business: STI's, HIV, and the Vulnerability of Women"
Join us for a discussion of the biological and social factors contributing to women's vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections. Learn why women are one of the fastest-growing groups of new HIV infections in the United States, and discuss strategies for empowerment, protection, and the enhancement of sexual health. Presented by Nicole Cushman, Bilingual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo. Ms. Cushman has taught comprehensive sex education throughout Napa County and worked as an HIV Test Counselor at Stanford University. She presented at NARAL Pro-Choice California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys Roe v. Wade Action Summit in 2007 and is a member of the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education's HPV Curriculum Development Team.
9/11Sarah Dole, "Five Ways to Keep Your Spirit Healthy"
Sarah Dole will present practical ways to enhance your spiritual vitality as well as your physical health. These suggestions are drawn from almost forty years of spiritual practice that include meditation, law of attraction and shamanic empowerment tools. Ms. Dole is a shamanic practitioner and spiritual life mentor with a practice in Sebastopol. She is a minister of The Circle of the Sacred Earth and has studied extensively with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
9/18 Shannen Farrell-Fraley, "Societal Influences on Women’s Bodies: Abortion Rights and Choices"
Shannen Farrell-Fraley, MA, MFT Intern, will discuss the current status of American sexuality. What are the influences on our sexual rights, respect and responsibility? Does our highly sexualized media empower or oppress women? Ms. Farrell-Fraley has been employed by the Sonoma County Public Health Department for thirteen years and works in the STD and Family Planning Clinic. She is also an instructor of Human Sexuality at Santa Rosa Junior College.
10/2 Najine Shariat, "You First: The Art and Science of Eating"
Najine Shariat, Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist, has an unparalleled approach to nutrition and the "art of living" which links nutrition to how we live, to helping prevent and treat major diseases, and making eating a pleasure. Ms. Shariat graduated from McGill University School of Nutrition/Dietetics in Canada. In October 2005, Najine traveled to Paris to finish her training in bringing the latest (and oldest) ideas from Europe to her patients! Ms. Shariat is also the founder of IT'S YOU! Nutrition clinic which is located in Santa Rosa and has recently opened a second establishment in San Diego.
10/9 Rebecca Plachte-Zuieback, "The Effects of Sexual Assault: Prevention, Intervention, and Counseling Options"
Sexual violence affects women, children, and men of all ages and cultural groups. In 2006 there were 139 counts of adult forcible rape reported to law enforcement in Sonoma County; however approximately 84% of rapes go unreported. Join Rebecca Plachte-Zuieback to examine the history of violence against women, the definitions of sexual assault, common myths and facts, and how to help a survivor. We will examine the effects of sexual assault, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and find avenues and techniques for healing. Ms. Plachte-Zuieback has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz, and is a California State Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. She has been working as the Sexual Assault Prevention Education Coordinator since 2006, educating thousands of Sonoma County youth, professionals, and community members.
10/16 Andrea Bialek, "From a Holistic Gynecologist: Women’s Health during Three Major Life Stages"
Andrea Bialek, M.D. outlines important health issues of the three major life stages of adult women: menarche/late teens, the reproductive years, and the perimenopause/menopause transition. She will discuss basic female hormonal functioning and her holistic approach to women’s preventive health. Dr. Bialek has been a board-certified Gynecologist for 18 years, and has a private solo practice in Santa Rosa. She specializes in holistic women’s health and menopause counseling.
10/23 Cheryle Stanley, "Process of Change: Implementation of Smoking Cessation Program"
Cheryle Stanley, an alumna of SSU’s Sociology Department, has worked in the fields of mental health and substance abuse for more than twenty-five years as an Administrator and Executive Director. Since 1995 she has been the Director of Women’s Recovery Services (WRS), Sonoma County’s only State-licensed residential perinatal substance abuse program. The capacity of the program is twenty women and twelve young children and annually treats approximately eighty women and sixty children. In 1999, after seeing the damages that tobacco addiction causes for mothers and their children, she developed a Smoking Cessation Program for both clients and staff and integrated it into substance abuse treatment. Ms. Stanley was instrumental in WRS receiving a $10,000 Espiritu Award for the Protection of Women from the Isabel Allende Foundation in Marin County. Join us to learn more about Ms. Stanley's work and leadership to bring the first smoking cessation program to an alcohol and drug recovery center for women.
10/ 30 Susan Stewart, "Beyond the Wicked Witch: Re-visioning the Older Woman"
Susan Stewart is a Professor of Psychology at SSU, where she teaches a variety of classes from "Life Span Development" to the "Psychology of Yoga" to "Myths, Dreams and Symbols." Through a series of synchronistic events a few years ago she became fascinated by the grandmother/crone as a figure in world myth and folklore, as a dimension of the sacred feminine, and as a latent archetype of wholeness within each woman. Dr. Stewart will address the personal, collective and sacred dimensions of the old woman drawing from poetry, narrative, image, and story, as well as recent cross-cultural research in gerontology, medicine and other fields that likewise highlight the potential gifts of age.
11/13 Yuka Kamiishi, "A Guide to Building Healthy Relationships"
Relationships take time, energy and care to make them healthy. Unhealthy relationships may have negative consequences on one’s physical and mental health. Learn how to create and maintain healthy dating and intimate relationships, and explore the dynamics and warning signs of intimate partner violence. Presented by Yuka Kamiishi, SSU alumna and Domestic Violence Victim Advocate from the YWCA of Sonoma County.
11/27 Lisa DeMartini, "Understanding Our Bodies: A Self-Help Approach"
Lisa DeMartini of the Women's Health Specialists (WHS) will explain the self-help approach to women's gynecological care and how this movement radically changed the direction of women’s health care as we know it today. WHS was founded in 1975 in Chico by nine laywomen dedicated to helping other women obtain services that were otherwise unavailable to them. The agency understands women's current and ever-changing health care needs, the obstacles that prevent women from getting care, and provides support to women in accessing necessary treatment. Ms. DeMartini has been with WHS for nearly five years and spent two of those years working with clients learning hands on care and advocacy. Today she is the Santa Rosa Clinic Manager. Ms. DeMartini and the Women's Health Specialists are dedicated to serving women, vowing to inspire and empower all those whom they encounter in their work.
12/4 Danielle Ronshausen, "The Real Truth About Having Babies: A Doula’s Perspective"
Danielle Ronshausen, doula, childbirth educator in training, and SSU alumna speaks on the subject of childbirth and how doulas offer a helping hand to mothers through pregnancy and delivery. In an open-question forum, Ms. Ronshausen will discuss what really happens as a woman approaches labor, the childbirth process and finally, what women can expect after delivery. The audience will also have the opportunity to see an actual birth on video.
2/6 Steven Cozza, "Become the Change You Want to See in the World"
When he was 12 years old, Steven Cozza took a stand against the discrimination of gay youth and adults in the Boy Scouts of America. He and his father, Scott Cozza, founded an organization "Scouting for All." Scouting for All is now an educational and advocacy organization, reaching out to GLBT youth in its attempt to get the BSA to stop its bigoted policies. Steven Cozza will discuss his continued activism in Scouting for All. Steven Cozza is a youth activist and a founder of Scouting for All.
2/13 Susan Stryker, "Christine and the Cutting Room: Transsexual Celebrity Christine Jorgensen's Cinematic Sense of Self"
In 1952, news of American ex-GI Christine Jorgensen's sex-change surgery in Denmark made headlines around the world. Jorgensen spent the next twenty years in the limelight as the first international transsexual celebrity. Her relationship with the camera was complex, however, because Jorgensen had dreamed of becoming a filmmaker and had worked in an editorial "cutting room." Her cinematic sensibility, as much as her surgeon's scalpel, shaped the image that she presented to the world. Drawing on rare archival clips of Jorgensen's own film work, home movies, and commercial media appearances, this lecture recounts how Jorgensen moved from one sort of "cutting room" to another. Susan Stryker, Ph.D., is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and independent scholar.
2/20 Daisy Hernández, "Queer and Colored"
ColorLines, the national newsmagazine on race and politics, regularly features stories on issues from queer communities of color. This presentation looks at the reporting, writing and editing behind the stories. Learn about reporting on a story or two queer teens of color who were brutally murdered and the activism that's grown in New York City as queer people of color fight to keep public space. Daisy Hernández is an editor at ColorLines Magazine and the author of Colonize This!
2/27 Frederick Hertz, "California's Domestic Partnership Law, Or, Are We Ready for Same-Sex Marriage?"
The political fight for same-sex marriage often obscures the important legal issues that face lesbian and gay couples trying to organize their lives amidst extraordinary social and legal changes. This lecture will summarize the background of marital "status" law, as compared to the "contract" law previously controlling the lives of unmarried couples. From this background the lecture will explain the emergence of marriage-like systems for gay couples, especially California’s domestic partnership law. In addition to reviewing the legal implications of the new statutes, the lecture will also explore the social consequences of grafting a heterosexual marriage model on to LGBT families. Frederick Hertz is an attorney and the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples.
3/6 Jewelle Gomez, "Vampires, Feminism and Our Future"
Fantasy fiction has long been relegated to literature lite, just as television is dismissed as popular culture. But how does culture shape our politics? What do we say with mass entertainment about the LGBT community and social justice? In the creation of any cultural piece, whether a vampire novel or the sculpture of Venus de Milo, the creator is informed by the sociopolitical context – poverty, conservatism, privilege, war, Puritanism, capitalism, or tradition. Most of us have knowledge of these contexts and the inequities that threaten the fabric of society; but we rarely see ourselves as activists for social change in our everyday lives. But we can be and still have fun. Jewelle Gomez is an activists, award-winning novelist, and the author of The Gilda Stories.
3/13 Michelle Tea, "Queer Memoir and Autobiography"
Michelle Tea is the co-founder of the Sister Spit spoken word tour, Her books, mostly memoirs, are known for their views into the riot grrrl and queercore communities. She has toured with the Sex Worker's Art Show and is a contributor to The Believer magazine. She is also the co-writer for the weekly astrology column, Double Team Psychic Dream, in San Francisco's Bay Guardian newspaper. In this presentation, Michelle Tea will read from one of her memoirs and speak about the relationship between queer memoir and autobiography. Michelle Tea is a writer, poet, performer, and the award-winning author of Valencia.
3/27 Johnny Symons, "Daddy & Papa: Gay Fathers and the Changing Landscape of the American Family"
Since its release five years ago, the Emmy-nominated film Daddy & Papa has given millions of viewers a glimpse of something most have never seen: the inner working of families headed by gay men. Director/Producer Johnny Symons will discuss the making and distribution of the film, the ways in which gay families navigate through schools, neighborhoods, and extended families, and his own experience as a gay parent. Johnny Symons is the director and producer of Daddy & Papa.
4/3 Marcia Gallo, "Lifting the Mask: The Daughters of Bilitis, "the Ladder," and the Conscious Normalization of Lesbian Images in 1950s and 1960s America"
The notion of invisibility, of "wearing the mask," was much more prevalent than "being in the closet" for the lesbians who first organized Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) meetings in U.S. cities in the 1950s and 1960s. They knew that the popular image of "the Lesbian" was distorted and unreal, and they set about to reshape it by using whatever cultural forms they could find or create. This talk will focus on the ways the leaders of the DOB consciously reconstructed media images of lesbians in order to normalize them. "Lifting the mask" was a vital part of their strategy for securing lesbian rights. Marcia Gallo is the author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement.
4/17 Cedric Brown, "The Hard Evidence of Existence: Creating Black Gay Arts in Down Low Times"
This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating work that reflects the experiences of Black gay men during an era when a public identity as a gay man of color is too often shunned. Cedric Brown will present a brief retrospective of his influences and the rich artistic history of Black gay art and performance born in the Bay Area. He will also talk about his creative process and future projects, and how Black gay men's stories epitomize the deeply-examined human condition. Cedric Brown is a performer, writer, and the founder of B/GLAM.
4/24 "In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents"
Join a panel of young adults who have LGBT parents for a screening and discussion of "In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents." This 30-minute film was produced by COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program during a 10-month activism training program in San Francisco, CA. The film debuted at the 2005 Frameline Film Festival, where it earned the Audience Award for Best Short. The film depicts five young people who give you a chance to walk in their shoes – to hear their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family. COLAGE is a support and advocacy program for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.
5/1 Dean Spade, "Consolidating the Gendered Citizen: Trans Survival, Bureaucratic Power, and the War on Terror"
This presentation discusses the impact of the War on Terror on transgender rights, the bureaucratization of trans identities, and models of non-profit governance in social movements. It invites questions about whether and where the state should use gender as a category of identity, and what consequences might result from a reduced reliance on gender in state programs and processes. It will include a discussion of how these issues are increasingly emerging under War on Terror policies and practices of the administrative state that seek to rigidify national identity surveillance. Dean Spade is a UCLA Law Teaching Fellow and the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
5/8 Daniel Winunwe Rivers, "From Parents in Hiding to the Lesbian Baby Boom: A History of Lesbian Motherhood 1945-1980"
This lecture will cover the changing social, political, and legal realities of lesbian motherhood from the Second World War to the beginning of the 1980s. Topics covered will include: the experiences of lesbians raising children in butch/fem working-class communities in the 1950s, custody cases fought by lesbian mothers in the 1970s, the emergence of a lesbian mother activist movement in reaction to the homophobia faced by a generation of lesbian mothers fighting for their right to be parents, and changes in lesbian parenthood in the 1980s, brought about by increased availability of insemination technologies and changes in custody and adoption law. Daniel Winunwe Rivers is a Ph.D. candidate and Feminist Studies Instructor at Stanford University.
8/29 Jeanette Koshar, "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Women’s Health Care During the Last 50 Years"
Jeanette Koshar, RN, NP, Ph.D., SSU Nursing Department, examines social and health care events that have impacted women’s health in the U.S. over the past 50 years. Jeanette has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for over 27 years, beginning her career as a Labor and Delivery room nurse and completing research projects on domestic violence and high risk adolescent behavior.
9/5 Dr. Barbara Bloom, "Addressing the Physical and Mental Needs of Incarcerated Women"
Dr. Barbara Bloom as she provides in-depth information about the critical gaps in the essential health care services provided to incarcerated women and explains the need for a community-based continuum of services for women offenders. Dr. Bloom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at SSU. She is the Co-Director of the Center for Gender and Justice and her research and policy interests include women and girls under criminal justice supervision and gender-responsive interventions and services.
9/12 Shannen Farrell Fraley, "The Cultural Influences on Women’s Bodies: Abortion Rights and Choices"
Shannen Farrell Fraley, MA, discusses the current status of American Sexuality. What are the influences of our sexual rights, respect, and responsibility? Does our highly sexualized media empower or oppress women? Ms. Fraley has been employed by Sonoma County Public Health Department for twelve years and works in the STD and Family Planning Clinic. She is also an instructor of Human Sexuality at Santa Rosa Junior College.
9/19 Dr. Richard McCarthy, "Women and Heart Health"
Dr. Richard McCarthy, Chief of Neurology, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, speaks on the topic of women and heart health. Dr. McCarthy is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association where he works to increase stroke awareness and prevention. Dr. McCarthy also trains neurology residents at UCSF Medical Center.
9/26 Barbara Birsinger, "Seven Steps to Intuitive Eating and Natural Weight"
How do women learn to eat healthfully? Barbara Birsinger’s presentation will be a practical guide to knowing what, when and how much to eat for your individual needs, and to decoding the symbolic meanings in eating, food cravings, and body language. Barbara is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with over 25 years of experience in the psychology of eating and weight issues, intuitive nutrition and health promotion.
10/3 Dr. Anita Catlin, "Standing in Front of a Run-Away Train: One Woman's Work to Influence Medical Practice Related to Dying Newborns"
Dr. Anita Catlin, Nursing Department, SSU and Ethics Consultant. Dr. Catlin will discuss her twelve-year journey to influence the care of dying newborns, including the technological imperative in the United States which has demanded that all newborns be resuscitated and the significant effect that this has had on nurses, physicians, families, public health, education, and society.
10/10 Linda Blachman, "Healing Through Story, Listening, and Legacy"
Linda Blachman, MPH, MA, shares her book, Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer (Seal Press, 2006) which addresses the plight of ill mothers in an unsupportive culture and presents their hard-won wisdom for living with courage and hope in the face of uncertainty. Linda Blachman is a personal historian, life coach, and consultant in private practice, specializing in the mental health of women, mothers, and communities. In 1995 she founded the Mothers’ Living Stories (MLS), a nonprofit project that helps mothers with cancer record life stories and legacies for their children.
10/17 Class Discussion: "Another Morning"
Come and discuss Linda Blachman’s book and lecture. Breast cancer affects women of all ages, including those with young children. What are the cultural barriers mothers with cancer are challenged with? What changes could be made in services for mother’s facing cancer?
10/24 Constance Sinclair, "Choices in Childbirth"
Constance Sinclair, MSN, CNM, Chief Nurse-Midwife, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa will discuss the current options available to women giving birth and recent trends in the childbirth services in medical and home settings. Ms. Sinclair began her career as a midwife in 1985 and has also worked in public health, emergency care, labor and delivery and as a clinical nursing instructor. She is also the author of The Midwife’s Handbook, among many publications.
10/31 Nichole Cushman, "What You Need to Know About Sexually Transmitted Infections"
Join us to learn more about sexually transmitted infections and also learn about the controversial new vaccination for HPV. Presented by Nichole Cushman of Planned Parenthood. Nichole is a Bilingual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood, Shasta-Diablo. Nichole has taught abroad in Spain and was also given the opportunity to speak at the 2006 Stanford Women’s Leadership Program.
11/7 Shirlee Zane, "Positive Aging for Women"
This lecture will deal with some of the latest research in the field of gerontology that addresses who ages well and why. What can women do now to prepare for their senior years and make the most out of them? Shirlee Zane, M.A., MFCC, is the Executive Director for the Sonoma County Council on Aging. Ms. Zane recently received a Leadership Award from the Sonoma County Medical Association (2005) and the Reverend Coffee Human Rights Award in December 2005.
11/14 Dr. Amanda NobleHuman, "Trafficking in California"
Human trafficking is becoming an increasing problem in the state of California and many of the victims are women and children. Dr. Amanda Noble will discuss the Task Force that has been designed to discuss the problems of human trafficking; report on survey data; and emphasize the physical and mental health consequences of the victims. Dr. Noble has a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis and is a researcher for the Attorney General’s Crime and Violence Prevention Center, where she specializes in domestic violence and human trafficking in California.
11/21 Danielle Moreno, "Women Serving Women: Doulas Helping Teen Mothers"
Danielle Moreno, doula, childbirth educator in training, and WGS student at Sonoma State speaks on the subject of doulas and how doulas offer teen mothers a helping hand through pregnancy and childbirth. The documentary, A Doula Story, will be shown after a discussion on doulas.
12/5 "The Education of Shelby Knox" A Film Viewing.
Shelby Knox, of Lubbock, TX, is a devout Christian who makes a vow to remain celibate until marriage, but becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive-sex education, in a town where abstinence-only sex education is highly praised.
2/7 Carolyn Laub, "How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance"
GSA Network was founded in 1998 to empower youth activists to start Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. GSA Network began working with 40 GSA clubs in the Bay Area during the 1998-99 school year, but the organization quickly expanded and by 2001 GSA Network became a statewide organization. In this talk, Carolyn Laub discusses the history and future of the GSA Network. Carolyn Laub is the Executive Director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
2/14 Jim Van Buskirk, "Reversing Vandalism: Community Responses to a Hate Crime"
In 2001 over 600 vandalized books—on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender topics, women’s issues, and HIV/AIDS—were found hidden throughout the San Francisco Public Library. Deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the library’s collection, they were distributed to interested artists and community members. The wide variety of responses resulted in an exhibition of over 200 original works of art displayed in the main library Jim Van Buskirk is the Program Manager for the James T. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at San Francisco Public Library.
2/21 Ann Bannon, "From 'Sleaze' to Classics: The Beebo Brinker Chronicles"
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles take their title from the most famous of Ann Bannon's characters, the legendary swashbuckling butch, Beebo Brinker. Bannon’s novels, part of the infamous lesbian "pulp fiction" genre, reveal the intensity and courage of gay love in a world that was then unrelentingly hostile. Even today, the books continue to exert a pull on the heart with their universal themes and beguiling characters. Ann Bannon, Ph.D., is the author of several novels including the classic Odd Girl Out.
2/28 Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, "Gay Latino Histories/Dying to Be Done"
This lecture will address the state of gay Latino history in the U.S., the teaching of this history, and the underused strategies and lack of research projects to document and archive this multigender social, cultural, and political history. Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
3/7 Cathy Cade, "The San Francisco Dyke March: Radical Politics and Our Community Event"
What is the San Francisco Dyke March? For thirteen years this annual march has occurred without a permit and has become an important part of San Francisco’s gay pride events. Along with a 15 minute documentary video of the San Francisco Dyke March, Cathy Cade will talk about the progressive political origins of the event. Cathy Cade, Ph.D.,is a photographer and documentary filmmaker.
3/14 James Dean, "Racial Heterosexual Identities: Black and White Heterosexualities"
Based on 60 in-depth interviews with heterosexual Black and White men and women, this lecture will examine the ways in which gay visibility is shaping the lives of Black and White heterosexuals to both bring attention to the dominant status of their heterosexual identities as well as how dominant racial codings mark homosexuality as White and heterosexuality as Black. James Dean, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SSU.
3/28 Dora Dome, "Jennifer’s Complaint: Homophobia and Sports"
Last December, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed suit on behalf of Penn State basketball star Jennifer Harris against her former coach because of homophobic harassment. In this presentation, attorney Dora Dome will discuss this case as well as her own experiences in the competitive world of women’s college basketball. Dora Dome is an attorney and a Board Member of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
4/4 LeiLani Nishime, "Queer Theory, Racial Outing, and Keanu Reeves"
This presentation will analyze the publicity and gossip surrounding the star persona of Reeves. The furor over Reeves’ sexual orientation serves to obscure and suppress Reeves’ racial background. On the other hand, Reeves race refuses to remain hidden and forgotten, surfacing through the language and rhetoric of "queer" culture. Ultimately, Reeves provides a prime example of the intersection of race and sexuality. LeiLani Nishime, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of American Multicultural Studies at SSU.
4/11 Loren Cameron, "Transwork – The Photography of Loren Cameron"
Cameron’s photographs and self-portraits have become beautiful icons of a burgeoning transgender movement. Heralded as groundbreaking and stunning, his book Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits has been critically acclaimed worldwide, receiving numerous awards, including two Lambda Literary awards. Loren Cameron is the author of multiple photography books about transgender identity.
4/25 Joshua Gamson, "Be Fabulous: Some Lessons From the Life of Sylvester, Queen of Disco"
Like very few before him, and quite a few after, Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream: a star not despite the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality he eagerly crossed but because of them. He embodied a cultural impulse and a simple set of diva-driven inspirational imperatives; be free; be fabulous; be real. Joshua Gamson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco.
5/2 Ada Jaarsma, "Religious Faith and Perversity: When Kierkegaard meets Freud"
It is commonplace in queer studies to reject religious questions as either irrelevant or irredeemably prejudiced towards heterosexist fundamentalism. Within the current U.S. American climate, this rejection is understandable and perhaps inevitable. This lecture will argue for the political and existential importance of reclaiming religious faith in the name of queer ethics. Ada Jaarsma, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SSU.
5/9 Shannon Minter, "Transgender Rights: Past, Present & Future"
A look at the evolving relationship of transgender people to the larger gay rights movement and the emergence of transgender law, including disagreements about who is transgender, how to define transgender, and how best to advocate for transgender people. For example, should our goal be to enable transgender people to fit into existing gender categories or to challenge the categories themselves? Shannon Minter is an attorney and the Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
2/5 Martin Meeker, "The Emergence of Representational Politics in the Golden Age of the Lesbian Paperback, 1955-1965"
The sexual politics of representation emerged in a very specific historical context, the 1950s, and coincided with the two important developments, the birth of the lesbian paperback novel and the founding of the first lesbian organization. Dr. Meeker's presentation explores the key personalities and published works through which the representational politics of sexuality first were articulated. Martin Meeker, Ph.D., is a historian who currently works at UC Berkeley in the Oral History Program at the Bancroft Library.
2/12 Richard A. Rodriguez, "'The Pull': Successfully Managing the Intersection of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexual Orientation"
People with multiple aspects of identity often feel a "pull"-am I more this than that? Experiential and didactic in nature, this workshop will focus on identity issues for LGBT of color and focus on identity management strategies, validating the whole person. Richard A. Rodriguez, Ph.D., is Director of Counseling & Psychological Services at SSU.
2/19 Julie Allen, "Having the Last Laugh: Humor in Lesbian Fiction"
Examination of the uses of humor in lesbian novels and short stories, will demonstrate the ways in which irony, satire, parody, and hyperbole serve as alternative means of persuasion.Julie Allen, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Sonoma State University. She is currently teaching Humor in Lesbian Fiction.
3/5 Patrick Egan, "The Gay Vote and Gay Issues in U.S. Politics"
The public's views on gay issues have become more and more tied to whether they are Democrats or Republicans. More than ever, gay voters identify with the Democratic party, and the Democratic Party with gay rights. This talk will conclude with a discussion of the implications of these findings for the gay rights movement in the United States. Patrick Egan is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
3/11 N'Tanya Lee, "Transforming the Nation: Black History, Queer Politics, and Movement Building"
A discussion of the history of conflicts and alliances between the African American and LGBT movements for justice highlighting LGBT African American activists in the Civil Rights Movement and their role in fighting the scapegoating, wedge politics of the Right in the post-civil rights era. N'Tanya Lee Director of Youth Policy at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and Project Director of Coleman's youth organizing project, Youth Making Change.
3/18 Susan Stryker, "TRANSformative Power: Transitioning from the Personal to the Political"
Drawing from his undergraduate thesis on Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity and his favorite essays by Susan Stryker, KC will facilitate an exploration of the links between passing and what it means to BE a gender. Bly is a San Francisco native and recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where he also worked as the country's the country's first Transgender Programs Coordinator.
3/25 Cheryl Chase, "Ending Shame, Secrecy, & Unwanted Genital Surgeries for Children Born with Intersex Conditions"
Discussing the origins and history of the Intersexed Movement, Chase outlines some of the issues associated with supporting intersexed people. Cheryl Chase is the Executive Director of the Intersex Society of North America.
4/15 Jann Nunn, "The Bradfords Tour America"
In The Bradfords Tour America, the filmmakers become Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bradford, a seemingly nice Christian married couple ... they set out on a cross-country motor home sojourn, conducting research into what God-fearing, conservative-minded churchgoers think and say about homosexuals. The unexpurgated bile of those on the far right is laid out for all to see. Jann Nunn, co-Writer and Director of The Bradfords Tour America, and SSU Assistant Professor of Studio Art (Sculpture).
4/22 Eric Rofes, "Gay Men's Culture's of the 1970s: Memories, Regrets and Meanings"
How did gay men of various races, classes, and locations form identity and community during the period of 1973-1984? What role did sex and sex cultures play in the lives of gay men during this era? How did gay men relate to issues of health, safety, and care during the decade before the onset of AIDS? Eric Rofes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education at Humboldt State University.
9/9 Yuka Kamiishi, "Dynamics of Domestic Violence"
Domestic Violence is a persistent and significant problem. What is the cycle of violence and how does it revolve around issues of power and control? How can women recognize and flee abusive relationships? Yuka Kamiishi is a Domestic Violence Family Advocate for YWCA stationed at the Sonoma Police Department. She is an alumnus of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at SSU.
9/16 Terilynn Miller-Pennisi, "A Feminist Perspective on Women and Disability"
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." (Helen Keller) During this open discussion, we'll talk about what it means to be a women with a disability and discuss the opportunities and challenges. We'll also talk about how we can empower ourselves to be an advocate, and find strength and courage within. Terilynn Miller-Pennisi is a long-time activist and former board member of Marin NOW, and is the Employee Relations Representative and ADA Coordinator for SSU. She is also a Board Member for the Sonoma County Mayors' Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities.
9/23 Shirlee Zane, "Positive Aging for Women"
In less than 15 years the number of seniors will double in the State of California. How can women grow older, stay healthy, vital and connected to life? This lecture will deal with some of the latest research in the field of gerontology that addresses who ages well and why. What can women do now to prepare for their senior years and make the most out of them? Shirlee Zane, M.A., MFCC, is the Executive Director for the Sonoma County Council on Aging. Ms. Zane was awarded the Community Service Award in Education from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County for her work in the Latino community.
9/30 Toni Boracchia and Cyndie Renfrew, "Birth Control Options, 2003"
What alternatives are available in birth control and how can we evaluate which ones are best for each woman? SSU Health Center staff will discuss the variety of birth control options available at the health center as well as others.Toni Boracchia, RN and Cyndie Renfrew, FNP of the SSU Health Center.
10/7 Eric Acuna, "Positively Speaking: Getting real about HIV"
What are the key issues in HIV/AIDS for women? This presentation will provide up-to-date information regarding HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as some personal connections. Eric Acuna, Health Information Specialist, County of Sonoma Department of Health Services.
10/14 and 10/21 Barbara Birsinger, "Seven Steps to Intuitive Eating and Natural Weight"
How do women learn to eat healthfully? This two week presentation will be a practical guide to knowing what, when and how much to eat for your individual needs, and to decoding the symbolic meanings in eating, food cravings, and body language. Barbara Birsinger is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with over 24 years of experience in the psychology of eating and weight issues, intuitive nutrition and health promotion.
10/28 Carolyn Epple, "Sour Sugar: Diabetes among Dine (Navajo) Women"
This presentation will explore how shifts in domestic roles --specifically, who does the majority of the cooking -- may afford a beneficial effect for Dine (Navajo) women living with type II diabetes. The talk will include both first-person accounts as well as survey findings.Carolyn Epple is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at SSU.
11/4 Judith Fein, "Breaking the Intimidation Game: Self Defense and Survival"
Like the Sword of Damocles, the fear of rape hangs over women's heads their entire lifetime. A group of women leaving a gathering at night going to their cars is reminiscent of a flock of scared chickens. Why are women so fearful? Because they have internalized their fear and do not know how to protect themselves from violence-they lack power and control over their own lives. Breaking the intimidation game gives women a very powerful gift-the gift of personal power and freedom.Judith Fein, Ph.D., black belt in T'ae k'won do and author of three books on self-defense has conducted self-defense programs since 1975. Dr. Fein is the founder of The EVOLVE Institute for Violence Prevention and conducts classes in self-defense at Sonoma State University.
11/11 Tammy Cotter, "Women, Alcohol and Drugs"
Women may have unique phsyiological responses to alcohol and drugs. This lecture will describe how societal pressures influence the choices women make. Tammy Cotter is Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Specialist at SSU.
11/18 Deborah Corner Newell, "The Five Components of Successful Cancer Recovery"
This lecture will address utilizing a support network, traditional and non-traditional treatments, attitude, faith based healing in community and goal setting for optimal recovery. Deborah Corner Newell, MA, MFT, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma five years ago. During her third hospitalization she decided to realize a dream and began granting wishes as "Glinda the Good Witch" as a way to express gratitude for recovery. Glinda lectures widely on the topic of cancer recovery in full costume and grants wishes as part of her presentation.
12/2 Humm Berreyesa and Melanie Campbell, "Choices in Childbirth"
What are the possibilities for a safe and meaningful childbirth experience? Two doulas will discuss emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as advocacy as needed with hospital staff.Humm Berreyesa and Melanie Campbell are childbirth educators, certified doulas and birth advocates in Sonoma County.