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What Does Gay Mean Today?

Labels, Meaning, and Self-Identification at the Start of the New Millennium
A Symposium in Celebration of the New LGBTQ+ Studies Program
at Hofstra University
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Hosted by David A. Powell, Professor of French and Director, LGBTQ+ Studies Program, Hofstra University

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor
South Campus

Sponsored by the Hofstra University LGBTQ+ Studies Program

Symposium Program

TIMEEVENT
9:15 Welcome: Bernard J. Firestone, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
David A. Powell, Director, LGBTQ+ Studies Program, Hofstra University
9:30 David Gerstner, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, CUNY Staten Island: "Queer Internationale: "Modes of Cultural Production in the 21st Century"
10:15 Paul Schindler, Editor, Gay City News: "What Can the Gay Press and Queer Studies Learn from Each Other?"
11:00 Carolyn Dinshaw, Professor of English, Acting Chair, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University: "Born Too Soon, Born Too Late: The Female Hunter of Long Eddy, circa 1855."
11:45 Cheryl Clarke, Director, Office of Social Justice Education and LGBTQ+ Communities, Rutgers: “Black Feminist Vexing of Black Macho in the Work of Black Gay Men, or Afro Homo Pomo Vexing of Black Macho”
12:30 Buffet Lunch
1:45 Robert Schwartzwald, Chair, Department of English Studies, Université de Montréal: "Post-national, Post-queer? Dispatches from the North"
2:00 Luciano Martínez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Swarthmore College: "From Liberation to Coercion? Reflections on Gay Culture"
2:45 Jonathan D. Katz, Senior Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Former Executive Coordinator, Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Yale: "The Politics of Eros"
3:30 Gui Caliendo, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication, Hofstra University: "Same Sex Marriage and the Argumentative Trajectory of Gay Rights: Normalizing and Regulating Gender Formation."
4:15 Coffee Break
4:45 Gema Pérez-Sánchez, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Miami: "One Big Queer European Family? Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Gay Films"
5:00 Steven Smith, Special Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages, Hofstra University: "What's Gay About the Greeks?: Constructions of 'Queer' Identity in Antiquity"
5:45 Tavia Nyong'o, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU: "When Black Meets Queer"
6:30 Closing Remarks: David A. Powell