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Fall 2012

Tuesdays, 4:20-6:10
Case Lounge, Room 701, Greene Hall

The Workshop in the fall of 2012 will take up a series of cutting edge issues in theory and practice of Queer Theory, bringing together theorists, activists and lawyers who are working on LGBT issues. The Workshop will be co-taught by Professor Franke and Urvashi Vaid, Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, and will be comprised of outside speakers for half of the sessions, and selected readings related to the work of the outside speakers in the intervening sessions. In the sessions with outside speakers we will pair an academic with an activist or lawyer who are working in different domains on issues such as: queering the family; challenging sexual registration laws; bullying; integrating race and class into lgbt rights work; and fighting gender identity based discrimination. Students will be expected to write short papers each class posing questions about the reading, and then one 15-20 page (double-spaced) final paper on a topic of their choosing, approved by the Professor. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their class participation, short papers and their final paper.

No laptops will be allowed in the Workshop.

Katherine Franke:
Room 627, Jerome Greene Hall
(212) 854-0061
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30 - 3:00 & Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:00 or by appointment

Urvashi Vaid:
Room 632, Jerome Greene Hall
(212) 854-2801


September 4 - Introduction

September 11 - Hate Crimes/Bullying Laws - background

September 18 - Hate Crimes/Bullying Laws: Eliza Byard, Executive Director GLSEN & Richard Kim, Executive Editor The Nation

September 25 - Queering Criminal Justice

October 2 - Queering Criminal Justice: Andrea Ritchie, Co-Coordinator, Streetwise and Safe & Bennett Capers, Professor of Law, Hofstra Law School

October 9 - Queer Citizenship and Marriage

October 16 - Queer Citizenship and Marriage: James Esseks, ACLU LGBT/AIDS Project & Nayan Shah, Professor of History, University of Southern California

October 23 -

October 30 - Queering Tradition: Pam Spees
, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights & Ann Pellegrini, Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies & Director of the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at New York University

November 6 -

November 13 - Immigration, Citizenship & Belonging: 
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal & Siobhan Sommerville, Associate Professor of English, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

November 20 -

November 27 - Queering Race/Racing Queer: Aisha Moodie-Mills
, Center for American Progress Advisor, LGBT Policy & Racial Justice & Russell Robinson, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

December 4 - Student Presentations