On March 7-9, 2019, he Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies will host the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association’s Annual Conference for the first time. Our theme, “Envisioning a Feminist and Queer South,” considers the distinctive role of gender studies programs in the South in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship, social change, and the creation of inclusive spaces. The conference offers students and faculty University of Mississippi the opportunity to participate in important, timely conversations.
Dr. Chris Freeman (English & Gender Studies, USC) will use Christopher Isherwood as a case study to consider issues connected to mentorship, queer relationships, “mainstream” and marginal literary success, and queer studies into the twenty-first century.
Novelist Hilary Zaid will deliver the 5th Annual Queer Studies Lecture. After a reading from her novel, Paper is White, she will have a discussion with Dr. Jaime Harker, Isom Center director and professor of English, regarding queer life in the 1990s, activism, and the roots of marriage equality, before taking questions from the audience.
Local musician Mattie Thrasher and band And the Echo headline a concert at Proud Larry’s to celebrate LGBTQ History Month.
In this lecture. Dr. Michael Bibler (English ~ LSU) will discuss RuPaul’s early career and her creation of the personas Starrbooty and Miss Rachel Tensions, who both inhabited spaces that took white constructions of black respectability literally. He will also discuss early controversy about whether Ru’s drag was “black enough” to contemporary controversies about trans identity.
UM Music Professor Nancy Maria Balach will perform a recital that is focused on women’s stories, experiences, and empowerment. The self-reflective program will incorporate various genres of music by established and up and coming composers. Nancy Maria will be sharing the stage with pianist Amanda Johnston and other outstanding musicians. A reception will follow.
Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens (History ~ Queens College, CUNY) returns to UM to deliver the 2018 Howorth Lecture. Her lecture is part of a larger series of lectures focusing on the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the United States coordinated by the UM Slavery Research Group.
This event will pit established and up-and-coming writers in literary battle. The audience will help decide who will take home the crown in this competitive circus of hilarious events inspired by some of our favorite LGBTQ+ literary icons. In recognition of LGBTQ History Month and Sarahfest.
This documentary highlights the work and history of the Krewe of Armeinius. Screening hosted by Oxford Film Festival.
This event will showcase a selection of the costumes built and worn by the Krewe of Armeinius for their annual Mardi Gras ball.