March 23, 2011
The 2011 UNC Asheville Queer Studies conference will take place March 31-April 2 in various locations on the campus. The conference is dedicated to the investigation of genders and sexualities, and is expected to attract roughly 100 participants from around the country, with workshops, readings, film screenings and performances.
Registration, which takes place from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in UNC Asheville's Karpen Hall, is required for conference events. Day passes are available to the public for $20.
Highlights will include:
• Eli Clare – "Resisting Shame, Making Our Bodies Home," 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, Humanities Lecture Hall. A writer, teacher, poet and activist on disability and queer issues, Clare is author of the book of essays, "Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation" (South End Press, 1999, 2009), and a collection of poetry, "The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion" (Homofactus Press, 2007).
• Shane Snowdon – "What's Health Got To Do With It: The Health Inequities Faced by LGBT People – And What You Can Do About Them, 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 1, Humanities Lecure Hall. Snowdon is founding director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and the UCSF Chancellor's Award for Exceptional University Service.
• "An Evening with Comedienne Jennie McNulty," 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, Humanities Lecture Hall. McNulty was rated among the Top 10 Lesbian comics by Curve magazine, has been featured on the NBC show, "Starting Over," and on MTV Network's LOGO channel, and she is the host of the bi-weekly show "Jennie McNulty Presents: Walking Funny With…" on AfterEllen.com.
• Sassafras Lowrey: "Nodody Loves You, Now What? Queer Youth Homelessness and Creating Chosen Family," 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 2, UNC Asheville's Reuter Center, Chestnut Room. Lowrey is an award-winning storyteller, author, artist and educator. She is a monthly columnist for Curve magazine and the editor of the "Kicked Out" anthology which brought together the voices of current and formerly homeless LGBTQ youth.
For the full conference schedule and more information, visit the conference Web site or call Associate Professor of Health and Wellness Amy Lanou at 828/250-2317, or Lecturer in Literature Cynn Chadwick at 828/251-6579.