Since 1991 the LGBT movement has struggled to secure the right to legally marry for lesbians and gay men. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia now permit same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional for the federal government to deny federal benefits of marriage to married same-sex couples. At least twenty other states are now facing legal challenges to their ban on same-sex marriage. The fight for marriage equality is, essentially, over. After two decades focusing on this fight what are the most important issues facing the LGBT movement now? This seminar series will bring together four prominent lawyers and activists who will examine crucial issues facing the LGBT movement today: increased discrimination against and criminalization of people with HIV; how class and poverty effect the LGBT movement; the problems of relying on federal law to secure LGBT equality; and how religious exemptions and conscious clauses are undermining LGBT anti-discrimination law. The series will culminate in a day-long symposium with the seminar speakers discussing these issues with one another as well as a keynote by writer/ activist Jewell Gomez.


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Past Events 2013 - 14

Hannah Landecker, University of California, Los Angeles
In the Aftermath of Categories: Metabolism, Reproduction, and Epigenetics
Miranda Waggoner, Princeton University
Programming the Fetus: Metaphor, Technology, and Population Health in the Postgenomic Age
Martine Lappé, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Autism, the Maternal-Fetal Interface, and the Reconceptualization of Environmental Risk
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
The Maternal Mystique: Knowing and Unknowing the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Aryn Martin, York University, Toronto
Is the Fetus Really an Organ Transplant? The Limits of Self-Talk in Immunology and Microchimerism Research
The Maternal Imprint: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Science of the Maternal-Fetal Interface

Past Events 2012 - 13

Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College
"Making Equals: Classical Friendship and Contemporary Theory"
Michael Amico, Yale University
"Surpassing the Love of Marriage: Christianity and the Friendship between Two Civil War Soldiers"
Lisa Merrill, Hofstra University
"Charlotte Cushman’s Same-Sex Networks of Affection, Affiliation and Advocacy Against the Background of the United States Civil War"
Robert Reid-Pharr, City University of New York
"Pre-Packaged Rebellion: Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, and the Economies of Queer Martyrdom"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Faith Smith, Brandeis University
"Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean"
Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Queer Cities and Rural Uprisings? Mapping New Frames of Modernity in India"
Keridwen Luis, Harvard University
“’Who Is Your Teacher?’ ‘You're Standing on Her’: Constructing Identity, Gender, and Community on Women's Land”
Christina Sharpe, Tufts University
”The Lie at the Center of Everything”
Monica White Ndounou, Tufts University
“Drama for 'Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke"
Robin Bernstein, Harvard University
"Hand Knife Photograph: Performing Lesbian Histories"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Harvard University
"'HIV is our Friend': Prostitution, Biopower and State in Postcolonial India"
Eng-Beng Lim, Brown University
"The Tropic Heat of G.A.P (Gay Asian Princess) Drama"
Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
"Outsourcing Patriarchy: National Anxieties, Transnational Mediations"
Eve Sicular, Independent writer, scholar, and filmmaker
"The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film: Queer Subtext in a Cinema of Diaspora"
Sarah Richardson, Harvard University
"Gendering the Genome: The Emerging Concept of Sex Differences in Human Genome Research"
Kimberly Juanita Brown, Northeastern University
"Framing Slavery's Black Embodiment: Photographic Incantations of the Visual"