The undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies addresses human sexuality and gender as they have been conceptualized and investigated by diverse disciplines: humanities (including history and cultural studies), behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performance arts. Courses in the minor require students to explore scholarship and research on sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender across the lifespan, across cultures, and throughout history. Developing students' critical skills in a variety of disciplines, courses in the minor cover theories of sexuality and gender; sexual orientation; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements; the history of sexual norms; queer theory; gender identity; and impact of gender identities and erotic orientations on the arts; etc.
Professor in Charge: Christopher Reed, Department of English (email@example.com)
Dr. Alexandra Lord, historian for the U.S. government, and author of Condom Nation: The US Government's Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet, will speak by video-link about her book and the history of sex education in the nation on Thursday, December 5, at 3:30 in 101 Wagner. Sponsored by the Sexuality and Gender Studies minor.
A Comics/Graphics Workshop
Saiya Miller from the Brooklyn collective “Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf”* will introduce their sex-ed comics and offer a one-stop graphics workshop for comics, t-shirts, whatever!
*Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf is a project to challenge normative practices in sex ed
Space is limited! To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, check out notyourmothersmeatloafbook.com
Sponsored by Ally House, the English Department, Residence Life, and the Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies
Professor Jack Halberstam
No Church in the Wild:
Anarchy and Gaga Feminism
Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at USC. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam’s first book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), was a study of popular gothic cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries and it stretched from Frankenstein to contemporary horror film. Her 1998 book, Female Masculinity (1998), made a ground breaking argument about non-male masculinity and tracked the impact of female masculinity upon hegemonic genders. Halberstam’s last book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005), described and theorized queer reconfigurations of time and space in relation to subcultural scenes and the emergence of transgender visibility. This book devotes several chapters to the topic of visual representation of gender ambiguity. Halberstam was also the co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of a photo/essay book, The Drag King Book (1999), and with Ira Livingston of an anthology, Posthuman Bodies (1995). Halberstam regularly speaks on queer culture, gender studies and popular culture and publishes blogs at bullybloggers.com. Halberstam published a book in 2011 titled The Queer Art of Failure in August 2011 from Duke University Press and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal from Beacon Press in 2012.
Announcing the third and final installment of the QVC (Queer Visual Culture) lecture series:
"All Is Not Lost," a lecture by artist Patricia Cronin
Thursday, March 29, 4:30 PM 112 Borland
Who gets written into history? Who is forgotten? Why, how and what are the conditions in which eradication can occur? How is value determined? These elements coalesce at the intersection of the ivory tower and the art market that is the catalogue raisonné. Patricia Cronin will discuss her two most recent projects Harriet Hosmer, Lost and Found, A Catalogue Raisonné and her acclaimed statement on gay marriage, a three ton marble mortuary statue Memorial To A Marriage.
For more information, contact Chris Reed (email@example.com)
Announcing the second program in the Queer Visual Culture (QVC) series:
Sexual Difficulty in late 20th Century Art
Sarah Rich (Penn State) on Ellsworth Kelly,
Jonathan Katz (University of Buffalo) on Agnes Martin
Jennifer Doyle (University of California Riverside) on David Wojnarowicz.
February 17th 12:30 – 4:30 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art
Sponsors: The Institute for the Arts and Humanities through the Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies, the LGBTQA Student Support Center funded by UPAC, “Your Student Fees at Work”, the English Department, the History of Art Department, the Palmer Museum of Art.
A SYMPOSIUM: Varieties of Masculinity in the Renaissance
January 20th: 12:30-4:00 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.
Patricia Simons (University of Michigan), “Semen-otics: Embodied masculinity in Premodern Europe”
Charlotte Houghton (Penn State), "On the Down-Low: The Double Life of Michelangelo's Doni Tondo"
James Saslow (Queens College, City University of New York), “Plato or Dante? Michelangelo, Sodoma, and the Dawn of the Queer Imaginary”
Sponsors: The Institute for the Arts and Humanities through the Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies, the LGBTQA Student Support Center funded by UPAC, “Your Student Fees at Work”, the English Department, the Art History Department, the Palmer Museum of Art.
For more information, please contact Chris Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org
SGS Event: Symposium on the Biological Basis of Sexual Orientation is this Friday December 2, Heritage HUB
Wendy Moffat to present "Gay History vs Queer Theory: E.M. Forster as Case Study"
Wendy Moffat, Professor of English at Dickinson College, is the author of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster. The biography, just released in paperback, won the Biographers' Club Prize and was selected as an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and as a top ten choice for 2010 by Janet Maslin of the New York Times.Professor Moffat teaches modernism, narrative theory, sexuality and archival studies.
Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.
Sexuality and Gender Studies has a new Director
In July 2011, Christopher Reed took on the directorship the Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor from the Minor’s founding director, Robert Caserio.
Reed has published many articles on issues related to sexual identity, and is the author of the book Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. Another book, co-authored with Penn State professor Christopher Castiglia and titled If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press early in 2012.
Reed is Professor of English and Visual Culture at Penn State. [link: http://english.la.psu.edu/faculty-staff/cgr11]