Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Upcoming Events
April 7, 2011 (7pm)
A La Vista: Screening and Discussion of Caribbean Queer Shorts 212 York Street, Room 106 Featuring filmmakers and activists: Celiany Rivera-Velazquez, Joselina Fay and Carlos Rodriguez And featuring the films: *Lucha Libre (Republika Libre) *Reina de Mi Misma (Celiany Rivera-Velazquez) *Afuera Hay Aire (compilation) *Palabras y Gestos (La Candela) A La Vista is a one-night showcase of short films by Caribbean LGBT filmmakers from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Inspired by the first national Dominican LGBT film festival in Fall 2010, this showcase will connect voices from the Caribbean to the lives of LGBT people in the United States and beyond. Welcomes by Quisqueyalies and PRISM. Commentary and talk back with Andrew Dowe (Phd Student, Af Am/ American Studies) and Ana-Maurine Lara (PhD Student, Af Am/Anthro). This showcase is part of the LGBTS Global Queer Cinema Series, with generous support from the Wallace Sexton Fund for LGBT Studies and the Bruce Cohen Fund. Co-sponsored by Quisqueyalies and PRISM.
April 9, 2011 (2 - 3pm) 5th Annual National Dominican Student Conference Panel: Identidad Sexual y Dominicanidad Discrimination against the LGBTQ community is on the advent of institutionalization with the imminent ratification of the newest constitution banning same-sex marriage. At the interpersonal level, these communities are often discriminated against through the perpetuation of prejudiced views promoted by traditional beliefs of sexuality and vamped machismo in Latin America. Topics covered will not only be restricted to a conversation based within the Dominican Republic, but will also feature the importance of the Dominican activism in the United States. This panel seeks to first and foremost disseminate facts and to additionally promote thoughtful discourse in an effort to disband the stereotypes and taboos often present in such a conversation. Featuring: *Deyanira “Sargenta G” García, first Dominican publicly out rapper and peformer *Ana-Maurine Lara, nationally-acclaimed author and PhD Graduate Student (Yale - Af Am/Anthro) *Francisco Lazala, Founder of the Gay and Lesbian Dominican Empowerment Organization (GALDE) *Alicia Anabel Santos, Self-identified Latina lesbian writer, performance artist, producer, playwright and activist as well as the writer and co-producer of “Afrolatinos: the Untold Story” *Celiany Rivera-Velazquez, feminist educator and videographer, holds a PhD in Feminist Media Studies & Transnational Queer Cultural Production
Monday April 11, 2011 (5.30 - 7pm) Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Colloquium Yale University, WLH 309 Ana-Maurine Lara (Anthropology and African-American Studies) “The Reconstitution of Black Atlantic Bodies and Memories in Sharon Bridgforth's Delta Dandi” and Tom Koenigs (English) “A fictitious story of one of his own sex”: Gender, Fictionality, and the Public Sphere in America, 1797-1808"
Wednesday April 13 (4.30pm) Rainbow Writers Series Gathering Lounge, Livingston Student Center Rutgers University A presentation and discussion of Erzulie's Skirt with Ana-Maurine Lara and Cheryl Clarke
Friday April 15 (10.30 - 1.30pm) Afro-Caribbean Women's Artistry as part of the 64 Days of Nonviolence Series Southern Connecticut State University Engleman Hall, Rm A120 Reading and discussion featuring: Ana-Maurine Lara, Marianela Medrano-Marra, Tanya Torres and other artists
April 25, 2011 (4.00pm) University of Oregon Reading of Erzulie's Skirt. For more information contact Ana-Maurine via facebook.