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The Trans* Oral History Project Installation and Workshop April 19th – 20th 2013

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

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.

Sponsors:  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.


Eli Clare Thursday April 5th, 2012

In collaboration with the Council on Disability Awareness, and in support of the Women’s Resource & Action Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, Eli Clare will be visiting our town on Thursday April 5th, 2012. Please see below for a tentative schedule.

Workshop: “At the Intersections of Queerness & Disability” 2 – 4pm @ The Iowa City Public Library, Room A

What issues do disabled LGBTQ peoples face? What are the connections among ableism, homophobia, and transphobia? How do issues around queer disability identities fit into a broader intersectional social justice framework? Join Eli for a facilitated dialogue about these questions and more.

Performance & Reading: “Gawking, Gaping, Staring” 7 – 8:30pm @ The Old Capitol Senate Chambers

Disabled people, trans people, fat people, and people of color all know what it’s like to be stared at. Through words and images, Eli explores the internal experiences of living in marked bodies and the external meanings of oppression and bodily difference.

A reception will follow the performance from 8:30-10pm at the Women’s Resource & Action Center (130 N. Madison Street)

Sponsors: Many thanks to the Chief Diversity Office, Student Disability Organization, School of Social Work, LGBT Staff & Faculty Association, the Council on the Status of Women, UI Center for Human Rights, Center for Diversity & Enrichment for supporting this event.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————Public Film Screening of Asking For It: The Ethics & Erotics of Sexual Consent

(in collaboration with RVAP)

Sunday April 15th, 2012 3:30 – 5pm @ICPL, Room A

Description: For Sexual Assault Awareness Month we will be showing “Asking for It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent.” This film features a lecture by Dr. Harry Brod, a professor at University of Northern Iowa, and discusses the line between sexual consent and sexual coercion. Light refreshments and discussion will follow. This event is free and open to the public.


Sister Spit: The Next Generation Tour Monday April 16th, 2012 7-9pm @ Public Space One

We are so excited to announce that the Sister Spit tour will be in Iowa City on Monday April 16th. They will perform at Public Space One from 7-8:30pm

Public Space One is located in the basement of the Jefferson Building (129 E. Washington St.)

This event is free and open to the public.

About this tour: Sister Spit: The Next Generation hits the road again in Spring 2012! The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, launches in San Francisco in April 2012 with a vanload of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance! Don’t miss this multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, fashion plates, painters, performance artists, poets and fancy scribblers. What what? Michelle Tea! Freakin Dorothy Allison!! Justin Vivian Bond! Brontez Purnell!! Kit Yan! Erin Markey! And Cassie J. Sneider!!


Medical Symposium for Providers working with transgender clients

May 19th – 20th, 2012 in Iowa City

In November 2011 we hosted a medical workshop as one of the events for TransWeek. We identified the need for a more rigorous discussion on many aspects of medical communities working and interacting with transgender-identified clients. We will host a medical symposium in Iowa City May 19th and 20th. The symposium will be free and open to the public. A schedule of the days’ events is posted below:

Saturday May 19th
8:30-9:00     Sign-in
9:00-10:30    Trans 101
10:30-10:45     Break
10:45-12:00     Trans 101 continued
12:00-1:00     Lunch
1:00-2:15     Privilege Workshop
2:30-3:45    Non-binary 101
4:00-5:00    Diagnosing Difference Screening
5:00-5:30    Movie Discussion and Wrap-up

Sunday May 20th
9:00-10:00    Models of Care
10:15-11:15    Practicing Interactions
10:15-11:15     Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence and Trans Folk
11:15-12:30    Lunch
12:30-1:30    Insurance Advocacy for Transition-Related Care
12:30-1:30    Staff Training
1:45-2:45    Insurance Coding
1:45-2:45    Practicing Interactions
3:00-4:00    Patient Experiences Panel
3:00-4:00     Counseling
4:15-4:45    Closing


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