Highlights: Laverne Cox, actress and activist, will be on campus tonight at 8pm in McAlister Auditorium to kick off the 2014 Black Arts Festival. Sponsored by the Tulane Black Student Union (tBSU), this year’s festival is themed “Enlightenment, Empowerment and Engagement: An Exploration of Black Arts” and features 6 days of events – all of which are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! The week also includes a dialogue with Big Freedia on bounce music/dancing. Also on Wednesday, Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton. will deliver a lecture on “The Queer Child Now and Its Ghostly Cinematic Effects, Or Who’s Afraid of the Sexual Child?” See details below. On Friday graduate students are invited to attend the Graduate and Professional Student Reception. Come meet your fellow graduate students and enjoy food, drink and music. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).
5-6 pm: SWEET Meeting (Mosaic Lounge)
“Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET) is the Tulane University student organization for lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, and trans women. It’s a safe place for queer women to meet and discuss issues, plan fun social and fundraising activities, and volunteer at events to give back to the New Orleans’ LGBTIQA community. New members and Loyola students always welcome.”
8-9 pm: TUCP Direction Lecture with Laverne Cox (McAlister Auditorium)
TUCP Direction is proud to present a lecture by critically acclaimed actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox. Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers. As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Please join TUCP for this free event featuring Laverne Cox giving a lecture entitle “Ain’t I a Woman?” Q&A to follow.This lecture is also the KICK OFF EVENT for the Tulane Black Student Union‘s Black Arts Festival!
5:30-9 pm: Elect Her (Loyola – Audubon Room)
Sponsored by Tulane’s NCI and Loyola’s WRC, Elect Her – Campus Women Win is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between American Association of University Women and Running Start, Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap. Note the meeting will be on Loyola’s campus. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
12-2 pm: Wednesdays With The O! (LBC Suite G04, weekly) Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).
6pm: The Queer Child Now and Its Ghostly Cinematic Effects, Or Who’s Afraid of the Sexual Child? A Lecture by Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton (Anna Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson Building, 2nd Floor) What is the figure of the ghostly “gay” child? How has it been changing, conceptually and politically, in our current century? Has its ghostly specificity subsided? Engaging these questions, this talk speculates on something that’s been surfacing in Anglo American public culture over the last eight years or so. A future the public fears is coming- child sexuality- evidence of sexting, “gay” kids in middle school, and sexual bullying- is now accompanying exportation of a fading child (the figure of the innocent child) to other lands, where it seems available to be rediscovered. Quite paradoxically, aesthetics of world documentaries on the-child-in-peril-in-the-third-world (a genre enjoying conspicuous success on the art-film circuit in the U.S.) may be “restoring” the Western-style innocent child through, of all things, the sexualized, racialized, “HIV child.” What explains this odd development? Moreover, how does this literature, especially experimental literary form, run against this fray? These are the questions addressed in this talk via the films, Born into Brothels, I Am Because We Are, War Dance and Precious and the novels Beloved and PUSH. Kathryn Bond Stockton is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah, where she teaches queer theory, theories of race, the nineteenth-century novel, and twentieth-century literature and film. Her most recent books, Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” meets “Queer” and The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, publicized by Duke University Press, were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award.
A reception with Professor Stockton is scheduled for 5:30 in the Anna Many Lounge, 2nd Floor, Caroline Richardson Building. For more information, email Professor Michele White at email@example.com.
7pm: A Dialogue With Big Freedia (LBC 213)
Big Freedia will be joining students in the Kendall Cram room for a discussion on the topic of “The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation and Gender & Sexuality”. After the event Big Freedia will host a FREE Bounce Twerkshop in the Qatar Ballroom!! Participation is limited to the first 50 people, so arrive early!
8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance (QSA) (Mosaic Lounge, weekly)
New and returning members welcome!!! “Founded in 1972, the Queer Student Alliance (QSA) is the oldest, continuously-operating LGBTIQA organization in the state of Louisiana. (The organization has been run under the names Gay, GALA, BiGALA, and most recently, MOSAIC.) We are an alliance that embraces the similarities and differences of all people: gay, lesbian, straight, a/pan/bi/poly/sexual, and transgender. As a group, we seek to promote awareness, tolerance, equality, and compassion in order to cultivate a healthy environment for all individuals at Tulane. We provide an open forum for discussion in a safe, nurturing environment, and facilitate fun and enriching social activities for all Tulane students. Whether you identify as gay, straight, trans*, lesbian, GNC, or anything at all, know that you are always welcome to come to our meetings.
5-6:30 pm: Arts As a Tool for Community Activism Workshop (LBC Race Room)
No “Art for Art’s Sake” : Arts as a Tool for Community Activism Workshop hosted by the True Love Movement. REGISTER for the FREE workshop here (open to 30 participants) - http://tinyurl.com/lelcqsz
7-8:30 pm: Strong Light screening and Panel Discussion on ProjectBe (LBC 213)
ProjectBe is NOLA.com’s top art exhibit of the year. Brandan Odums’ “Project Be,” is a series of graffiti-style portraits of Civil Rights heroes painting on the walls of the soon to be demolished Florida housing development. The panel features Brandan Odums, Patrick Melon (ProjectBe artist and director of ‘Strong Light’), FreeQuency aka FreeQ Tha Mighty (spoken word artist and creator of “The Room of She” in ProjectBe), and jewel bush (reporter for Uptown Messenger).
4-6 pm: B.A.F. Takes Over FAQ (LBC Quad)
Join us from 4-6pm on the LBC quad for a special Black Arts Festival themed Fridays at the Quad (FAQ) featuring a live arts demonstration, food from locally owned black restaurants and more!
6-8 pm: The O! Spring Graduate and Professional Reception (Diboll Gallery)
Come meet your fellow graduate students and enjoy food, drink and music. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Religious Life).
8-10 pm: Black Arts Festival Performing Arts Showcase (LBC 213)
Join us for a night of New Orlean’s finest student and local performers with Sunni Patterson as the featured performer!
6-9 pm: In The Black Of Our Minds (Ashe Cultural Arts)
Join us for a showcase of New Orleans finest visual artists featuring a performance by Big Chief Demond and the Young Seminole Hunters! BUSSES WILL BE DEPARTING TULANE’S CAMPUS AT 5:30 from Freret & Mcalister for all interested students and RETURNING at 9:30pm.
The Gay/Lesbian Wellness Project
The Gay/Lesbian Wellness Project will examine the link between daily interactions, attitudes, and overall wellbeing in the New Orleans gay and lesbian population via a series of surveys. The first survey takes place during an orientation session near campus and lasts approximately 1-2 hours. During this session, participants will receive 7 surveys. These surveys are to be completed by participants every day for one week. They take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. After participants have completed the surveys, they mail them back. There is a brief follow-up survey session about a month after participation. This study pays $75. Please contact Samia Lalani if you are interested in participating,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship Grant Applications
The Newcomb College Institute aims to connect undergraduate women to a wide range of experiential learning with a women’s or gender focus, including internships and externships. Recognizing that some of those internships may be low paying or unpaid, Newcomb College Institute offers competitive internship grants of up to $1,000 for students who accept unpaid or low paying internship positions with an explicit women’s or gender focus. Please find more information about eligibility here and theapplication here. Contact Kaitlin Splett with questions or to set up a meeting at email@example.com.
Senior Oak Wreath Applications
Deadline: March 17 The Oak Wreath is bestowed upon a select group of senior women who have distinguished themselves through an engaged pursuit of learning, leadership in student activities, and contribution to the Newcomb/Tulane community. A dinner will be held in honor of Oak Wreath recipients and a faculty member of their choosing who has positively influenced their college career on Wednesday, May 14th. In addition, this year selected seniors will be honored individually at the Under the Oaks graduation ceremony on Friday, May 16. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org and to apply click here.