Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 5, Issue 2
spring 2015
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

PhotoLGBT Studies Chair’s Letter

We are quickly approaching the end of the academic year and what a year it’s been. We had two major academic conferences in LGBT Studies: New Matters in Queer Life led by Prof. Greta LaFleur (American Studies) and my own conference, Queering Anthropology. Both were huge successes and will help drive conversations in our respective fields for many years to come.

We’ve had a number of amazing speakers come through this year, including: Richard Dyer, Masha Gessen, and Mark Jordan.  We’ve also screened a number of both classic and contemporary LGBT films, curated by Prof. Ron Gregg, including Lupe (Jose Rodriquez-Soltero, 1966), My Way (Cheuk Cheung, 2011), and Kate Bernstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger, (Sam Feder, 2014) as part of the Gender/Queer Film Series.

We also just finished the spring round of undergraduate student proposals for the Bruce L. Cohen Research Award and the Andrew Solomon Research Fellowship in LGBT Studies. With these funds, students will be studying topics such as discourses on HIV pre-exposure prophylactic treatment in Philadelphia and anti-sodomy laws and religious belief in India.  Soon, nominations will begin for the GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni) Senior Essay award.  We are deeply indebted to our donors for making these awards possible.

Last but not least, we are thrilled that Susan Stryker has agreed to accept the 2015 James Robert Brudner ’83 Memorial Prize this October. She will be the first trans recipient of the award, which recognizes the brilliant academic and activist work she has done to establish transgender as a fundamental part of the LGBTQ community. We look forward to hearing her talk in New Haven and in New York (October 13-15, 2015). Please reserve those dates.

I began the chair’s letter last semester with a note on how honored I was to be leading LGBT Studies this year and I end this year on the same note. It has truly been a privilege serving the academic LGBT community at Yale. There is so much dynamic energy and intellectual growth amongst the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty within LGBT Studies. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it.

Karen Nakamura (Yale PhD 2001)
Chair, LGBT Studies
Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies

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