3-5 pm: Miss Indigo Blue (Caroline Richardson)
OGSD invites students to participate in a discussion/workshop surrounding the work of Miss Indigo Blue, a burlesque dancer, entrepreneur, instructor and queer feminist. Anna Many Lounge in Caroline Richardson.
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.”
7-9 pm: Girl Rising (LBC Kendall Cram)
TUCP, CELT, the Black Student Union, and the Newcomb College Institute are proud to present a screening of Girl Rising, followed by a panel of speakers.
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers (including Edwidge Danticat) and voiced by renowned actors (including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek and Liam Neeson) revealing a critical truth: educate girls and change the world.
Our panel following the film will be moderated by Dr. Adderley and will feature three speakers:
–Ashana Bigard, local education activist who focuses on the school to prison pipeline
–Ruth Idakula, freelance writer and social justice advocate
–Derek Knowles, production assistant for Girl Rising
–Julie Willig, grassroots officer for Girl Up
12-2pm: Wednesdays With the O (LBC Garden Level: The O)
This weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday. 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).
6:30-8 pm: New Orleans Lesbians Herstory (Caroline Richardson)
New Orleans area feminist lesbians tell their stories of the women’s movement in Louisiana in the 1970s. Free and open to the public. We invite those who were active in any aspect of the women’s movement to come to the event and share your story from the audience. Panelists include Clay Latimer, Pat Denton, Susan Jane Allen, and Liz Simon. Co-sponsored by Newcomb College Institute, Louisiana National Organization for Women, Forum For Equality and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity, Tulane University.
8-9 pm: Queer Student Alliance (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.
3:30-5 pm: Writing on Sexual Commerce as Public Sociology by Julie Bettie (Caroline Richardson) Desiring to engage in public sociology and bridge the gap between academic and nonacademic knowledges, Julie Bettie writes about erotic dancers in Las Vegas in an experimental voice for a cross-over audience. This poses numerous challenges,including the risks associated with direct engagement in cultural politics, the ethics of research on sexuality in the current political climate, and worries about popular reception of polysemic texts. This talk is an ethnographic accounting of an ethnographic journey. It charts the efforts of one sociologist to confront “ethical minefields” and practices of “shopping” for the best textuality in order to craft a narrative of erotic dance and sexual commerce. Julie Bettie is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Chair of the Race, Gender, and Class Section of the American Sociological Association. Her research and teaching focus on cultural theory and popular culture; race, gender, class, and cultural politics; sexuality and erotic labor; and critical qualitative methodologies. She is the author of Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity (University of California Press, 2004, 2014) which received the Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship Award in Race, Class, and Gender studies; and the Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association. She has published in journals such as Social Text, Signs: Women in Culture and Society, and Gender Studies. Her current research, based on four years of ethnographic immersion with erotic dancers in Las Vegas. is a thick description of the contemporary cultural struggle over female sexuality. It examines the circulation of power and the meaning of female sexuality in the strip club alongside the emergence of new femininities, new ethnicities, and new sexual subjectivities produced by a range of economic and cultural transformations, including post-second-wave feminism and the queering of domestic life. Sponsored by The Department of Sociology, The Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and The Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity.
7-7:45 pm: Gender Exploration Society (Warren Hall: Mosaic Lounge)
This week the Gender Exploration Society will be holding elections. Voting will begin promptly at 7pm in the MOSAIC lounge. If you wish to run for a position – email or message Maxwell Maxster ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or post below. If you can’t attend voting in person – send your votes electronically to Max. The Gender Exploration Society (GES) is a club whose goal is to create a safe space for trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) identified individuals and their allies. Our group is social and discussion-based; discussions can be about any topics including Trans* 101 lessons, learning terms, learning how to be a better ally, current events, or campus politics. Most importantly, this is a safe, tight-knit group where individuals are able to express their feelings about what is going on in their own self-exploration journeys and every-day lives, as well as receive support and advice. This is a judgment-free zone, and it’s a small group, so members usually feel comfortable sharing. In this space people are able to try out different names and pronouns, and what’s said in the group stays in the group. We stress that all identities are valid, open-mindedness, respect, and not “outing” people.
8-10 pm: Tulane University Vagina Monologues (LBC Kendall Cram)
TICKETS for the Vagina Monologues are on sale EVERYDAY until 3/28 from 9am-2pm in the LBC (buttons and vagina chocolate lollipops on sale as well!) For more information on the Vagina Monologues at Tulane, visit their website.
10-12 pm: Tulane University Vagina Monologues (LBC Kendall Cram)
11 am -12 pm: Womyn Of Color Brunch
The Newcomb College Institute is hosting a FREE special brunch for the Women of Color on this campus! If you identify as a Woman of Color, this event is for YOU! At this brunch we will get to know one another, discuss the intersection of our cultures and womanhood and celebrate ourselves as women of color on this campus (while enjoying some great food of course). RSVP to Ghiya Ali at email@example.com by FRIDAY at midnight.
8-10 pm: Tulane University Vagina Monologues (LBC Kendall Cram)