Davies Forum Events Spring 2007
Tuesday, February 27, , LM 365
Straight Eye for the Queer Guy: Reality Television, Shopping, and the New Gay Visibility.
Josh Gamson - University of San Francisco
Josh Gamson, USF Professor of Sociology, is the author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America (California, 1994); Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (Chicago, 1998); and The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco (Henry Holt, 2005) as well as many articles and essays on sexualities, culture and media.
Tuesday, March 6, , LM 365
New Gay Visibility on Television: Business or Politics?
Dr. Katherine Sender -
Dr. Sender, author of Business, Not Politics. The Making of the Gay Market (2005), Columbia University Press, and producer of Off the Straight and Narrow (1998), will screen and discuss her new documentary, Further Off the Straight and Narrow, New Gay Visibility on Television, 1998-2006, about the representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in current television. What is the meaning of the new LGBT visibility in popular culture? Sender investigates the politics and media economics of LGBT representation.
Monday, March 19, , HRN 232
Sean Dorsey and Shawna Virago, Fresh Meat Productions
Sean Dorsey. Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions, is a
Monday, April 2, , Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Animating Revolt/Revolting Animation: Penguin Love, Doll Sex and the Spectacle of the Queer Non-Human
Dr. Judith Halberstam –
Judith Halberstam, Professor of English, Director of The Center for Feminist Research at USC, and cultural critic, will talk about queerness in children’s animation. Many animated features for kids – Halberstam calls them “Pixarvolt” films -- focus on gender and sexualities thematics which would never appear in adult films but which are central to the success and emotional impact of the Pixar narrative. In this presentation Halberstam explores ideas about humanness, alterity, and alternative imaginaries in relation to two odd pieces of animation, one that presents itself as a nature film, and the other which features animated dolls. Halberstam is the author of In a Queer Time and Place (2005, New York University Press), Female Masculininty (1998, Duke University Press), The Drag King Book (1999, Serpents Tail), and Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and The Technology of Monsters (Duke University Press, 1995), as well as many essays and articles on gender, sexualities and culture.
Tuesday, April 10, , LM 365
Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
Andi Zeisler (Founder) and Rachel Fudge (Editor) of Bitch Magazine
“It’s a noun, it’s a verb, it’s a magazine…Bitch is a print magazine that provides commentary on our media-driven world.” Andi Zeisler and Rachel Fudge will talk about how they created Bitch Magazine in 1996, its rationale and goals, its stories, writers and audience. They will answer questions and discuss the need for, and possibilities of, feminist media in contemporary culture. More about Bitch at: http://www.bitchmagazine.com/
Monday, April 16, , HRN 232
(H)Errata, Woman, Art and Revolution.
Lynn Hershman Leeson,
Monday April 23, HRN 232
SheWrite: A Documentary Screening and Discussion with the Directors
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar - Center for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
SheWrite weaves together the narratives and work of four Tamil women poets. Salma negotiates subversive expression within the tightly circumscribed space allotted to a woman in the small town of
Tuesday April 24, , LM 365
Arts and Activism
Valentin Aguirre –
Aguirre is a long time Latino LGBTQ activist in