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

PhotoDear Friends of LGBT Studies and WGSS,

I am happy to write you at the start of my second year as Chair of Yale’s LGBT Studies Committee.  As you know, we are an elective track within the WGSS major, and we also sponsor activities and support undergraduate and graduate research projects related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics.

This academic year, we have already held our most important and best known LGBT event, the annual James Robert Brudner ‘83 Prize lectures.  On October 5th Prof. David Halperin of the University of Michigan spoke to an overflow crowd in Linsley-Chit on the crowd-pleasing topic, “How To Be Gay”; the following day, he spoke to another enthusiastic crowd at the Yale Club in Manhattan on the question “Are Gay Men Still Sick?”  At both lectures David was introduced by his friend and Yale colleague Michael Warner, and he responded warmly to the lively Q&A afterwards. 

Later in the month LGBT Studies Committee member Ron Gregg of Film Studies organized a screening and roundtable discussion "Queer/Palestinian: Critical Strategies and Subjectivities in Palestinian Queer/Women's Filmmaking."  It attracted international attention and is inspiring similar events elsewhere.  LGBT Studies also co-sponsored a lecture by former Yale professor (and head of the Larry Kramer Initiative) Jonathan D. Katz on the queer content of American lesbian painter Agnes Martin, and many of his old colleagues here enjoyed catching up with him.

Our main lecture series for the academic year is entitled “From Abu Dhabi to Singapore: LGBT Rights and the Globalizing Academy,” a theme inspired by the ongoing controversy over Yale’s new educational venture in Singapore, a country which continues to criminalize sodomy.  This fall we will have three lectures: on November 29, Andrew Ross from New York University will speak to us on “When Universities Go Offshore: Challenges, Problems, and Consequences”; on December 7 Visiting Lecturer in WGSS/LGBTS Liz Montegary, a freshly-minted PhD from UC-Davis, will speak on “The Global Gay American Abroad: U.S.-Sponsored Development, International Education, and LGBT Human Rights”; and on December 9 my friend and Singapore native Eng-Beng Lim (Brown University) talks about “The Queer Dilemmas of Global Education in Singapore.”  Two other lectures for spring semester will be announced shortly, and please see our website (http://www.yale.edu/lgbts) for further details—not just for this, but for our other upcoming activities this school year.

I invite WGSS/LGBTS alumni and friends to stop by and visit if you are passing through town.  Our faculty is growing, our activities multiplying, and your interest and support are always appreciated.

John Treat
Chair
LGBT Studies Committee

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