The Graduate Program in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College will host its Eighth Annual Women's History Conference on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 on the College’s campus. The conference, which this year is titled “Dangerous Desires: Queer Politics in the New Millennium,” is free and open to public. For additional information on the conference, please call 914-395-2411.
This year’s conference will showcase Amber Hollibaugh, senior strategist at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home, as keynote speaker. The conference will address the idea that queer sexuality is a central issue in American politics and a subject of national debate while seeking answers to questions such as: What direction should activism take in a country that has become increasingly hostile to queer politics? How do media representations of LGBT communities affect political alignments? How do race, gender, and sexuality intersect in queer identities? What can today's activists learn from queer history?
Scholars, artists, writers, and activists have been invited to share their work on queer politics with conference participants. Topics to be addressed by presenters might include queer theory and history, the marriage debate, sex work, the pornography wars, AIDS activism, confronting repression, and the intersection of queer identity with religion, disability, class, and race. The Conference sessions will include the presentation of original scholarship as well as film screenings and artistic interpretations. The key note address will be delivered on Friday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. to be followed by an opening reception in Slonim Living Room.