The Isom Weekly ~ Oct 13 - 21, 2016

The Isom Weekly
Events and News for the coming week from The Sarah Isom Center

October 13 - 21, 2016 Calendar of Events:

Thursday, Oct. 13th Bending the Rainbow: Ensuring Allies Across Ideological Differences

All LGBTQUIA+ agree that rights and visibility are crucial and yet strangely, our communities often fall through the fault lines of differing opinions, methodologies, strategies, and approaches. This Winter Institute sponsored Lunch and Learn will focus on methods regarding how to effectively work and dialogue with people across difference-whether identity related or philosophical in origin. Participants will learn how to move through conflict, develop cohesive skill sand collaborations in the most unlikely of spaces, avoid unproductive offensive and defensive postures, and ultimately understand why a successful LGBTQUIA+ community members and Allies must rely on different and sometimes conflicting strategies and approaches.

Noon, William Winter Institute

Q and A with Cody Critcheloe of SSION

Critcheloe has directed of music videos for Robyn, Kylie Minogue, Perfume Genious, and others.

4 PM, 207 Bryant Hall

Hispanic Heritage Film Series: “Ixcanul, Volcano”

“Ixcanul, Volcano” was Guatemala’s official entry to the academy awards®. Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her: her parents have promised her to Ignacio, the plantation overseer. But Maria doesn’t sit back and accept her destiny. “Ixcanul" is a story that takes place in the heart of a Kaqchikel Mayan community in contemporary times.

6 PM, Fedex Student Academic Support Center Auditorium

Special Code Pink Presentation: SSION

Featuring dance performances by Blake Summers & Kendrick Wallaceand music by DJs:
Shep & DJ Skin.

9 PM, The Lyric

Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 at the door

Oct. 17th
Lambda Meeting

Lambda is a support group for individuals in the LGBTQIA+ campus community.

6 - 7:30PM, For meeting location, e-mail us at

Oct. 18th
“GBF” Film Viewing

Sponsored by Department of Student Housing.

Join Student Housing at a screening of “GBF,” a film describing the perils of outing someone and the commodification of LGBTQ+ people. “GBF” is a story of two best friends, Tanner and Brent. One longs for the spotlight, convinced coming out will make him instantly popular. All seems to go according to plan as the girls in school battle for their newest must-have Gay Best Friend!

8:00 PM Residence Hall 2/3 Courtyard

Oct. 19th
Are You Ready? Dialogue: Religion & LGBTQ

Sponsored by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

Let’s start the conversation! This dialogue will cover themes related to the intersection of religion and the LGBTQ community.

5:00 PM, Bryant 209

Thursday, Oct. 20th “Masculinity/Femininity” Documentary Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker

Sponsored by Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies and Oxford Film Festival

Experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer’s “Masculinity/Femininity” takes over where his short film starring James Franco,”Masculinity & Me”, left off. Shot mainly on Super 8 film, this is not a typical documentary. Sheaffer asks filmmakers, academics, gender theorists, and artists to present their concepts of gender construction in what works as a sort of performance piece rather than as a narrative. In fact, the filmmakers themselves question whether “Masculinity/Femininity” is scripted or not. Whether through monologue, visual art, performance art, or storytelling, individuals including B. Ruby Rich, Susan Stryker, Barbara Hammer, John Greyson, Chris Vargas and Yvonne Tasker represent the personal experiences they have had with gender-normative societal constructs. Each performance is unique, but somehow viewers will be able to see something of themselves in each one.


7:00 PM, Overby Auditorium



The Isom Weekly ~ Sept. 23 - 30, 2016 ~ Sarahfest Edition

The Isom Weekly
Events and News for the coming week from The Sarah Isom Center
September 23 - 30, 2016
Calendar of Events:

Sep. 25th
Special Sarahfest Edition of Thacker Mountain Radio Broadcast

Poet Raquel Rivera, Musicians: Maggie Koerner, Marcella Simien.

7 PM, Rowan Oak

Free and Open to the Public

Sept.  26th
Boss Yourself – Owning and Elevating Your Work A Round-Table Discussion with Jacqueline Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Dime Magazine

With Cynthia Joyce as Moderator

4 PM, Overby Center Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Sarahfest Happy Hour

Performances by Anne Freeman, Gina Sexton, and Kit Thorn.

4:30 PM, Proud Larry’s
Free and Open to the Public

Lambda Meeting

Lambda is a support group for individuals in the LGBTQIA+ campus community.

6 - 7:30PM, For meeting location, e-mail us at

Tuesday, Sept. 27th Reception with Artist Claudia DeMonte

Reception part of Oxford Art Crawl. Refreshments provided by My Michelle's.

6 PM – 8 PM, Powerhouse Community Arts Center
Free and Open to the Public

Wednesday, Sept. 28th Libby Rowe Talk

Part of the Virtual Visiting Artist Program in the Depart of Art and Art History

5 PM, 120 Meek Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Endo What? Documentary Screening

ENDO WHAT? is a groundbreaking, new film about endometriosis, the most common, debilitating disease that most people have never heard of. It affects 1 in 10 or an estimated 176 million women globally, yet takes an average of 10 years to diagnose. Endo What? is the first film to include interviews with the world’s top endo experts, giving a woman the tools she needs to take control of her health. Hailed “Film of the Year” by The Guardian, “the first step in a plan to educate & organize for change” by Newsweek and a film that “shatters myths to create awareness” by The New York Times, it’s an essential resource for girls and women everywhere.

7 PM, The Shelter on Van Buren
Free and Open to the Public

Late Night Music

Catfish Pie opens for Amy LaVere & Will Sexton. For more information about Amy LaVere, visit

9 PM, Proud Larry’s
$5 cover charge – Click for tickets

Thursday, Sept. 29th Libby Rowe Artist Exhibit & Performance

Libby Rowe is an artist working in photography, sculpture, interactive installation, and performance. Her artwork explores ideas of identity and belonging through self-definitions as informed by social and domestic constructs.  Rowe is interested in breaking from traditional presentation strategies for photographs to engage viewers in a more interactive experience as well as the role of the photographic image in relation to other media. Through pink, Rowe explores the sociological, physiological and psychological aspects of femininity using image, object and installations. Rowe’s performances were included in the Vertigo Performance Series at the Waterloo Center for the Arts and Fountain Art Fair New York in 2014.  Rowe’s current photographic series, Inside/Out and the installation(sub)Division were recently exhibited together at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn New York and were exhibited with Like Panes of Glass at Morlan Gallery in Lexington, KY.

Rowe received her BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MFA from Syracuse University. She resides and works in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information, visit

4 PM – 6 PM, Meek Gallery at The University of Mississippi

Sarahfest Closing Concert ~ Kate Teague opens for Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield has gained widespread acclaim for singing delicate confessions about love, heartbreak, and contradictory emotions in a way that captivates listeners and enchants critics. Whether she was heartbroken, or breaking hearts, Mayfield’s acoustic strumming and laid back demeanor have remained consistent since her earliest recordings.

However, on her third album, Make My Head Sing…, Jessica takes on distorted guitar tones, crashing drums, and heavy riffs that would more likely evoke a comparison to her idols of the early 90’s, than any modern day artist. The album was recorded at Club Roar in Nashville and was co-produced by Jessica, along with her husband Jesse Newport and features Matt Martin on drums. It finds Jessica in a place where she is ready to take control of her music, and elevate her reputation from folk songstress to rock star. For more information, visit

9 PM , Proud Larry’s
$15 Cover Charge – Click for ticket


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