Leading Transgender Scholar to Speak at Kent State
Susan Stryker, Ph.D., one of the leading voices in the field of transgender studies, will present Trans* (In My) Life, as the first Lecture on the Study of Gender and Sexuality at Kent State University. The talk will be in the Kent Student Center Kiva on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Stryker’s talk will use an autobiographical arc to explore the changes in transgender issues over the last quarter century. Stryker is an associate professor of gender and women’s studies, and the director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently Transgender History (Seal Press 2008). She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006) and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (Frameline/ITVS 2005). She currently teaches classes on LGBT history, and embodiment and technology. Research interests include transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, somatechnics and critical theory.
The Lecture on the Study of Gender and Sexuality will be followed by a paid reception to honor Stryker and to raise money for the newly established Gender and Sexuality Global Education Scholarship Fund. The reception starts at 8:30 p.m. at Laziza, a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Kent.
The reception cost of $50 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts. A cash bar is available. Half of the ticket price is a donation to the Gender and Sexuality Global Education Scholarship Fund, which this year will support student travel to Greece for a spring break course called “Democracy and Desire: Gender and Sexuality in Greek Culture.” Please contact Molly Merryman, Ph.D., for additional donation opportunities.