Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 1, Issue 2
Spring 2011
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editor, John-Albert Moseley
Layout Design: Nick Appleby

John TreatDear Friends of LGBT Studies and WGSS,

I write you again this school year to share news about LGBT Studies at Yale. First I announce with both regret and pleasure that Graeme Reid, a Lecturer in LGBT Studies since 2007, is leaving us at the end of this academic term to become Director of the LGBT Rights Program at the Human Rights Watch, based in New York. We are proud that a veteran of Yale LGBT Studies is assuming this responsibility.

With Graeme's departure we welcome to our faculty Joseph Fischel, who is finishing his dissertation (Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent) in Political Science at the University of Chicago. After a postdoctoral year at Brown, Joe will join Yale as our first tenure-track professor in LGBT Studies.

It continues to be a busy year for us. Ron Gregg's Global Queer Cinema Series, for example, screened the prize-winning 2009 Israeli film Eyes Wide Open to a huge crowd last January. Our Sarah Petit Doctoral Fellow, Serena Dankwa, discussed female same-sex intimacy in post-colonial Ghana on March 30, and plans are underway for Serena to repeat her performance in New York this fall. We have also co-sponsored talks with American Studies and Judaic Studies, and with WGSS. WGSS and LGBT co-sponsored anthropologist Lisa Rofel from UCSC for our final talk of this semester. Her discussion of contemporary LGBT sexuality in post-Maoist China drew a large and engaged audience.

The 2010 recipient of the Brudner Prize, GLAAD's Mary Bonauto, spoke to enthusiastic audiences in the Law School and the New York Yale Club last December, and the 2011 prize-winner, David Halperin of the University of Michigan (author of such works as One Hundred Years of Greek Homosexuality and What Gay Men Want), will deliver his lectures this fall, tentatively on October 5 in New Haven and October 6 in New York (watch for details). Our timely lecture series for the 2011-12 academic year, "From Abu Dhabi to Singapore: LGBT Rights and the Globalization of the Academy," already has Andrew Ross from NYU lined up as a speaker. Lastly, I regret to say that the Yale GALA trip to queer Japan August 3-10 has had to be postponed because of the Tohoku Earthquake—but August 2012 is definitely a new possibility!

John Treat
Professor of East Asian Language and Literature
Chair, LGBTS

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