The goal of this annual series is to resist and counter culturally prevalent attitudes and behaviors that denigrate female sexuality and sexual determination. We also hope to promote frank discussion on campus about straight/les/bi/trans sexuality from a woman-centered perspective.
Hot Button Issues:
A Dialogue on Race, Gender and Sexuality
with Lisa Duggan and Tricia Rose
4 pm, Brace Commons
Why are the politics of sexuality so often split off from other issues, trivialized, or rendered "merely" private? How do race and gender shift and shape sexual politics? In this dialogue, Tricia Rose and Lisa Duggan talk about sex, about politics, and about how public debates at the intersection of race, gender and sexuality fare in various media -- from tabloid newspapers to TV news.
Tricia Rose is currently Associate Professor of History and American Studies at New York University and author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Wesleyan Press, 1994) among others. Her oral narrative project on black women's sexuality in America which is tentatively entitled Longing to Tell: Black Women's Stories of Sexuality and Intimacy is slated for an early 2003 release.
Lisa Duggan teaches the history of gender and sexuality, women'studies and lesbian and gay studies at New York University. She is the co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity, and the co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest. She is currently at work on a book on Jesse Helms.
Before the presentation, join Professors Duggan and Rose for a Brown Bag Lunch open house at the East Wheelock Faculty Advisor house (aka the big white house) at 13 East Wheelock Street. 12:30-2:30pm, Monday, February 11th. Drinks and dessert will be provided to add to your own lunch.
Student Critical Inquiry * Brown Bag Lunch * Community Hour
Join Katie Oliviero '01, as she talks about her thesis research on the "politics of masturbation and its relation to deconstructing and potentially resignifying women's sexual agency". This community hour lunch launches the Student Critical Inquiry Seminar, a new forum for students to share their passions, pursuits and interests. Open to all genders, all years, and all fields of study, this forum will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work and research in a laid-back and informal setting with interested and supportive peers.
12-1 pm, Collis Commonground
V-DAY: The Vagina Monologues
5 pm, Collis Commonground
V-day is a global movement to celebrate women and to end sexual violence against women and girls. As part of the V-Day college campaign, Dartmouth is proud to announce its 3rd annual production of Eve-Ensler's Obie-Winning play The Vagina Monologues, which celebrates and empowers women and girls by diving into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. Based on interviews with hundreds of women, the monologues explore questions often pondered, but seldom asked regarding women's sexual identities. When women themselves initiate discussions surrounding their own sexual selves the messages sent about female sexuality are of celebration and strength and stem from a place of empowerment that can help to stop cycles of sexual and domestic violence dependent upon women's positions as victims. Joining over 500 colleges internationally, this year's production of The Vagina Monologues, ably directed by Katie Oliviero '01, will raise funds to send to a national V-Day program that benefits Afghani women.
Built Like That: Alix Olson
Spoken word artist and performance poet Alix Olson who Alison Bechdel describes as "a red-hot, fire-bellied, feminismo-spewin' volcano. Plus she rhymes." She is a member of the 1998 Nuyorican National Championship Poetry Slam Team and the 1999 OutWrite National Poetry Slam Champion. Come hear her perform and "every 15 minutes or so, ... pick your jaw up off the floor." http://www.alixolson.com/
9 pm, Top of the Hop
For more information contact:
Outreach Coordinator, Women's Resource Center
Many, many thanks to the extraordinary WRC Programming Interns:
Katie Oliviero '01 and Hillary Miller '02
(photo: Xenia Markowitt)
Last Updated: 9/17/08