Queer Lecture Series Spring 2019

Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department

Mondays, 12:00-12:55pm, Ives 101
All Lectures Free and Open to All

September 20th: Emily Thuma, "Anti-violence Activism and Prison Abolitionism in the Feminist 1970s"
Emily Thuma is a scholar and teacher of American studies, feminist and queer studies, and history as well as a longtime participant in social movements for racial and gender justice. She is currently an assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California, Irvine. This talk will be based on her forthcoming book, All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (in press, University of Illinois Press).

September 27th: Janetta Johnson, "The Transgender, Gender Variant, and lntersex Justice Project"
The TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people-inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers-creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures.

October 4th ond 11th: Film Screening: Free Cecel (parts I ond II)
On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed "CeCe" McDonald was brutally attacked. While defend­ing her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men's prison. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered support from media and activists. The documentary film FREE CECE! (2016) eplores the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe's case, and highlights CeCe's politics and activism.

October 18th: California Coalition for Women Prisoners, "#Me Too Behind Bars"
On November 9, 2017, a lawsuit was filed against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by four plaintiffs who are or were incarcerated at the Central California Women's Facility. The plaintiffs all identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or queer. The lawsuit denounces two assualts where correctional officers attacked the plaintiffs. Diana Block and Rojas of CCWP will discuss the case and the movement to support women and trans prisoners.

October 25th: Cat Brooks, "The Road to Rev-Bolition: Ending State Violence, Coalition Building ond Navigating the 'Halls of Power"'
A consummate performer and passionate speaker, Brooks is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project and Executive Di­rector of The Justice Teams Network. Both organizations support survivors of state violence and work to eradicate it through organizing, communications and policy. She is currently a candidate for Mayor in the city of Oakland.

November 15th: Ines lxierdo, "Mark Making as Manifestation: Autonomous Feminist Art Ritual, Survivorship and Medical Narratives"
Ines is a visual artist and bruja in Oakland, California. Her current work documents subversive medical narratives and trauma as meme. As an art witch, her focus concerns visual spellwork, femmecentric protection medicine and the weaponization of orthopedics. She uses handcraft, mark making, art rituals and graphic narratives to heal and hold her lived experience as a queer disabled woman of color.

November 29th: Luz Arguetta-Vogel, "Womb Sovereignty"
Luz Arguetta-Vogel is an international homebirth midwife. Her practice is grounded in principles of radical sovereignty and ecological stewardship and is informed by the complex syncretism between indigenous tradition and modern lifestyles. Luz has been aware of her spiritual don for birthwork since she was a child growing up in El Salvador. She has attended hun­dreds of births in a variety of geographies and circumstances-in TX, NM, AZ, CA, Mexico and Guatemala, in settings such as hospitals, birth centers, homes, cars and gardens.


The Spring 2018 Feminist Lecture Series is made possible through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program. Questions? Contact Brooke Lober: lober@sonoma.edu

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Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department (WGS)

with generous support from SSU’s Instructionally Related Activities Funds.