Fall Colloquiua (CLAGS reports)

This fall, the CLAGS Colloquium Series in LGTBQ Studies featured speakers presenting exciting new
research in a range of disciplines–history, law, communication, and rhetorical studies. Sandra
Faulkner of Syracuse University summarized her initial conclusions from her interview based
research on how LGTB Jewish Americans manage multiple identities, and raised important questions
about the methodologies and ethics involved in carrying out this research. San Francisco independent
historian Susan Stryker showed rough cuts from her film, “Screaming Queens: The Compton’s Cafeteria
Riot of 1966,” and argued–to a New York audience–that
this San Francisco uprising, which predated the Stonewall
Rebellion by three years, has been too long overlooked
by LGBT historians. Toni Lester, from Babson College,
centered her presentation on intersectionality and the
pedagogical challenges it raises, and evaluated different
approaches to teaching about race, gender, class, and
sexuality: the “mosaic” one identity per lecture method, a
more layered method integrating two axes of difference;
and what Lester calls the “Toni Morrison” approach,
bypassing altogether discussion of dominant cultural
formations, such as whiteness, to focus specifically and
concretely on minority communities. Finally, Rutgers
University’s Kathryn Greene discussed her on-going large
research project exploring how gender and sexual
orientation affect safer sex decisions and disclosure of HIV
diagnosis, and talked about some of the censorship she
has encountered
in trying to get
“offensive
language” from
the interviews
she conducted
published in
professional
academic
journals.