Farzaneh Milani,”Iranian Women Writers: A Moderating and Modernizing Force

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3pm, Atrium, Stamp Student Union
Part of the Spring 2015 Lecture Series, presented by the Baha’i Chair for World Peace

Farzaneh Milani is Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures and former Director of Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia. She has published several books, most recently Words, not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2011; co-winner of Latifeh Yarshater Award), and over one hundred articles, epilogues, forewords, and afterwords in both Persian and English. She has served as the guest editor for special issues of Nimeye-Digar, Persian Language Feminist Journal, IranNameh and Iranian Studies: Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and contributed to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She has presented 240 lectures nationally and internationally. A past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies in America and a Carnegie Fellow, Milani was the recipient of the All University Teaching Award in 1998 and nominated for Virginia Faculty of the Year in 1999

Jamie Fader

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12-2pm
Part of the 2014-2015 Guest Lecture Series, “Life Course and Obstacles to the Opportunity Structure,” sponsored by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) in collaboration with Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC)

Jamie Fader, the author of Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood Among Urban Youth, focuses on the intersections of crime, justice, and social (especially racial) inequalities. She teaches in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany.

Panel Discussion, “Emancipating the Past: Unchain the Future”

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 3-6pm, 1207 Cole Student Activities Building, David C. Driskell Center
Participants in the discussion include Dr. Michele Wallace, Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY; Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor of History, La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies, and Paul Landau, Professor of History, all at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Schwanda Rountree, attorney, art collector, and art consultant. Panelists will explore Kara Walker’s imagery as a point of departure for discussing issues of slavery, race, sexuality, violence, and gender, among others.


Miranda Joseph, “Investing in the Cruel Entrepreneurial University”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5pm, 1400 Marie Mount Hall
Part of Queer Speculations, the 13th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Miranda Joseph is Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She uses the tools of cultural studies to explore the relationship between economic processes and social formations. Her recently published book, Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (Minnesota, 2014), explores various modes of accounting (financial, juridical and managerial) as they are deployed to create, sustain and transform social relations. Joseph has also published a series of essays, drawing on her institutional leadership experiences, addressing the projects of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies and Ethnic Studies in journals such as GLQ, Feminist Formations, and Social Politics. Her first book, Against the Romance of Community (Minnesota, 2002) describes the mutually constitutive relationship between community and capitalism.

Ramzi Fawaz, “Stepford Wives and Female Men: The Radical Differences of Female Replicants”

Shanté Paradigm Smalls, “Superheroes, Queerness, and Anti-Blackness: Storm, Django, and Michael Brown”

Friday, April 17, 2015, 3pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
PLENARY for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “Queer Speculations”

Ramzi Fawaz is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His forthcoming book, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press: Fall 2015), received the 2013 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies. His research has been published in American Literature,Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly, and his essay on the aesthetics of AIDS cultural production appears in GLQ‘s special issue On the Visceral (January 2015). His current project treats the aesthetic and cultural politics of women’s and gay liberation since the 1970s. Fawaz is also co-organizer, with Damon Young, of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective, a national working group of early-career queer studies scholars in the humanities.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University. Her current research uses critical race theory, hip hop studies, and queer theory to consider how New York City hip hop music, visual art, and film offers “queer articulations” or race, gender, and sexuality. Smalls is co-editor of “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship,” a special issue of Women & Performance with Jessica Pabon and has publications published or forthcoming with Oxford University Press,Lateral, Criticism, and American Behavior Scientist.

Juana María Rodríguez, “Feeling Queerly, Knowing Otherwise”

Friday, April 17, 2015, 5pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
KEYNOTE for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “Queer Speculations”

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies; the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute’s Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California. Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the quandaries of representing racially gendered violence, pleasure, and trauma in visual culture.


Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 3-5pm, Memorial Chapel
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.

Graduates at all levels (certificates, bachelors, masters, doctorla) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives. This may include members of faculty or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is only held in May. Thus, December graduates are invited to join us at either the closest Lavender Graduation prior to or following their December graduation.

Dressy casual attire is recommended. Academic regalia is optional.

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Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10am, Xfinisty Center
The procession of students begins promptly at 9:20 a.m. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:30am, Memorial Chapel
Theis event is not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tale of Slavery and Power

On display until Friday, May 29, 2015, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, David C. Driskell Center
Kara Walker is one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today, remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality, and for the media with which she pursues her studies. Her work pries apart and examines the injustices that African Americans have faced throughout the long and tumultuous history of the United States. She explores power relationships in American society through the vehicle of representations of slavery, race, sexuality, violence, and gender set in the antebellum South. The works, which are inventive and painful, but also satirical and humorous, were selected for the show to display the range of approaches Walker has taken in exploring the legacy of slavery for contemporary American identity. The exhibition features about 60 works; along with Walker’s signature black paper cutout silhouettes, an array of prints, a wall installation, and a video will also be showcased.


Institute for Technology: Transformative Digital Humanities

Friday-Saturday, Wednesday, October 2-3, 2015
This interdisciplinary gathering will explore the uses of digital technologies for transformative social justice through research, pedagogy, and creative practice both within and beyond academia. The two-day event will begin with a day of presentations and workshops featuring speakers whose work combines technological practice with scholarship, activism, and/or art that focuses on feminism, queer studies, and/or critical ethnic studies. The second day will use a collaborative, impromptu ‘unconference’ format in which participants learn and create together in sessions proposed on the spot.

Confirmed speakers include: KEYNOTE, Lisa Nakamura; PLENARY: Moya Bailey, Ann Cong-Huyen, and Amanda Phillips.