The Global Gender and Sexuality Studies Department invites to “Radical Histories, Radical Futures: Buffalo on the Vanguard of Feminist and Queer Thought” a symposium on the radical history of UB and Buffalo on October 12-13, 2018.
The symposium starts on Friday, October 12, at noon, with a keynote round-table discussion featuring Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, founder of Women’s Studies at UB and co-author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community, who returns to Buffalo to meet with other organizers of the UB Women's College, including Sherri Darrow (UB) and Bonita Hampton (SUNY-Oswego)
Jennifer Wilson of The Ohio State University (https://slavic.osu.edu/people/wilson.4053) will present her research on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and anti-capitalist and anti-war politics in the experimental UB Colleges.
See her piece about the "Berkeley of the East" era of UB in The New Yorker here: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-unlikely-history-of-tolstoy-college.
The afternoon panels will bring together community activists and scholars in conversation, mining the problems of doing grassroots local queer and trans history now, and the radical queer subcultures of Buffalo's present and future.
Venue: Hayes Hall 403 on UB's South Campus (3435 Main Street, NFTA: University Station).
Symposium: 12-6 pm, with reception to follow
“The Radical History of Buffalo and UB”
“Doing Local Queer & Trans History Now”
“Queer Subcultures After the Butch-Fem Bar Scene”
Saturday, October 13,
The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project's “SHE WALKED HERE” Street Tour: an archival site-based audio tour and street performance commemorating important sites of working-class lesbian bar culture in downtown Buffalo.
Location: Meet at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in Lafayette Square.
Time: 12-3 pm
The route can be driven, walked, or cycled, with carpool options available.
Archive Tour of the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York
Madeline Davis, founder of lesbian studies and co-author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold, will preside over an archive tour of the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York, at Butler Library on the Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, with a reception to follow in the library. Find out more about this archive, and view the finding aid, here: https://library.buffalostate.edu/archives/LGBTQ
Location: Archives and Special Collections, Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Avenue
Time: 3-6 pm, reception to follow in the library
Presented by: UB Departments of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, and English; the UB Humanities Institute Queer Studies Research Workshop; UB School of Architecture and Planning; the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project; and the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York
All events are free and open to the public.
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