Trans* Oral History Project Visit April 19th – 20th

Trans Oral History Project Logo

Trans Oral History Project Logo

The Trans* Oral History Project Installation and Workshop

April 19th – 20th 2013

Hosted by TransCollaborations

All events are free and open to the public.


Friday April 19th 5-9pm @ The UI LGBT Resource Center

Event Description: On Friday April 19th, the Trans Oral History Project will set up a temporary multimedia installation in the UI LGBT Resource Center (125 Grand Avenue Ct). The installation will portray four decades of activism through videos of trans activists and zines from the time period while constructing a narrative of political change and cultural contradiction.

Join us at 6pm for opening remarks. Trans* Oral History Project members will reflect on the process of the project, strategies to counteract trends in mainstream media, ethical dilemmas involved in creating public histories, and notions of authorship (who gets to tell stories and what that means for transgender communities). Participants will be able to check out the exhibit, watch videos, and take zines from trans* authors before and after the discussion.


Saturday April 20th 3-5pm @ IC Public Library Room A

Event Description: Histories of LGBT social movements are populated with mainstream accounts of activists and issues and thus, only some stories are told. This workshop will attempt to work against the grain of mainstream accounts by challenging prevalent notions of who is a part of LGBT movements. The Trans* Oral History Project will work with our community to create a timeline in the workshop to highlight the famous people and events of LGBT movements, juxtaposed against participant’s experiences with LGBT movements. The workshop will challenge all of us to reflect on how our personal experiences are integrated with the common history and points of conflict and resonance within this narrative.  Video footage from the Trans* Oral History Project’s archive will be shown in the workshop to highlight alternative narratives.

Zine Machine!

Be sure to check out the zine machine at the UI Main Library during the month of April for copies of zines from the Trans* Oral History Project’s collections. A permanent collection will be generated through this event, in collaboration with the UI Main Library’s Zine Collection. Contact Kelly McElroy ( for more information on the zine collections at the UI.

This event was made possible by the support from: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Digital Studio for Public Humanities, Women’s Resource & Action Center, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership,  Executive Council of Graduate & Professional Students, UI LGBT Resource Center; University of Iowa Student Government, and the Main Library Zine Machine.

Everyone is encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Center for Student Leadership & Involvement in advance at 319-335-3059.

Trans* Oral History Flyer

Trans* Oral History Flyer


About transcollaborations

TransCollaborations is an organization open to all trans-identified people and allies of the trans community in Iowa City and beyond. Our work is aimed towards promoting education, outreach, civic engagement, and community building centered around gender identity and addressing intersectional forms of oppression. We aim to bring trans-identified folk and allies together for these purposes and to implement The UI TransWeek on an annual basis. TransWeek is a week of events organized around the dual themes of remembering and celebrating trans-identified folk and serves to provide education, spirited discussions, and celebration of those who have overcome institutional and micro-level trans-related barriers.

Posted on April 5, 2013, in Events, Media. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. THE
    Jackie Oooo SHOW
    Sunday’s @ 3PM (CST) 4pm (EST)
    It is a TWO HOUR weekly show every Sunday at 3 PM CST. The show is for transgenders and the transgender community, although every attempt will be made to encourage the general public to listen. My goals are to provide assistance, support and information to the transgenders. I will provide guests and programming to answer questions, help with advice and information. I will actively push the envelope regarding issues of, and in, the transgender community. I will have guests ranging from therapists to government officials and civic leaders to discuss the issues, as well as others that can offer help or advice to the transgenders that have questions. The last goal is to educate the public in order to achieve support and understanding from them. We will have guests, set up a phone for call ins to ask questions, do location broadcasts at conferences, support group meetings and special events. This will be Your tool for communicating and bringing the community together. This show will advocate for equal rights, respect, understanding and dignity. The show will be live every Sunday at the times noted above, and will be available in “archives” 24/7/365 afterwards. We will look forward to any suggestions, comments or ideas and feed back at . We hope to have location shows at support groups, transgender conferences, events such as the “Pride Parade”, LGBT Olympics, etc.

    This flyer may be copied and distributed
    Jackie McKethen, Executive Producer, Director and Host of “The Jackie Show”

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