TransWeek 2010

TransWeek 2010: Imagining Inclusive Authenticity

Film Screening & Discussion: Two Spirits
Sunday (11.14.2010) 4-6pm
The UI Latino Native American Cultural Center, 308 Melrose Ave.
UI TransWeek 2010 will kick off on Sunday, November 14th with a film screening and discussion. In Two Spirits, filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that he ‘bug-smashed a fag’. But Fred was part of an honored Diné tradition – the ‘nadleeh’, or ‘two-spirit’, who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits. Through telling Fred’s story, this film challenge viewers to examine the gender as a social construction that varies across different cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Potluck & Candlelight Vigil
Monday (11.15.2010) 6-8pm
The UI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center, 125 Grand Avenue Ct.
On Monday, November 15th, the LGBT Resource Center will host a community gathering and potluck.  In observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the evening will begin with a few readings and a candlelight vigil to honor trans-identified people who have experienced hate crimes.  After the vigil, transgender students, faculty, staff, community members, allies and friends are invited to a community potluck.  People are encouraged to bring a dish to share and enjoy complimentary warm beverages in the inviting space of the LGBTRC.

Gendered Expressions: Poetry & Film Clips from Andrea Gibson & Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Tuesday (11.16.2010) 7-9pm
Black Box Theatre, Iowa Memorial Union, 125 North Madison Street
On Tuesday, November 16th, Andrea Gibson and Kortney Ryan Ziegler will share the stage at Black Box Theatre with poetry and film clips that challenge the audience to examine how gender and other aspects of identity influence the way we move through the world and express ourselves.  Andrea Gibson is a four time Denver Grand Slam Champion, a poet and activist whose work uses powerful language and music to critique politics, gender norms, queer identities and experiences, and other matters of social justice. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an award winning trans-identified filmmaker and scholar with research interests in the fields of black queer theory, queer cinema, Latina/o studies and performance. Kortney Ryan’s films have screened in festivals throughout the United States, and abroad with their most recent film, “STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen” a feature-length documentary about the lives of black transgender men. After the poetry performance and film screening, these two artists/educators will engage in dialogue with the audience around issues of gender, emotions, and intersectional forms of oppression. This event is free and open to the public.

A Re-Introduction to the Only-Mostly-Dead Art of Chivalry (Now! With 200% More Feminism!): Workshop by S. Bear Bergman
Wednesday (11.17.2010) 3:30-5pm
Room A, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
S. Bear Bergman will present a workshop (free and open to the public) at the Iowa City Public Library during the afternoon of November 17th. Everyone’s heard the stories: men who get kneed in the balls for holding open a door, youngsters who sprawl on bus seats while elders stand, the myth of the handkerchief-carrying gentleman, and all the rest. What, exactly, do girls, women, people, want in the world of chivalry? How can a modern gentleperson be courteous without being sexist or a suckup? And while we’re at it – who goes through the door first, again? Talk a little about the principles, and then learn a lot about the mechanics of walking in public, and a whole lot more.

How Our Expanding Understanding Of Gender Is Destabilizing Sexual Orientation: Lecture by S. Bear Bergman
Wednesday (11.17.2010 6:30-8pm
Shambaugh Auditorium, University Main Library, 125 West Washington Street
S. Bear Bergman will give a lecture on the evening of November 17th. This lecture – which has been presented at dozens of colleges and universities – is a guided tour through the (short) history of the concept of “sexual orientation” and exposes many of its shortcomings. Though sensitive to the labels people have become attached to, Bear makes clear how much our current concept of sexual orientation relied on the gender binary, and then delves in to discussing how to express sexuality without it. A Question/Answer session will follow Bear’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

TransWeek 2010 was made possible by the generous support from: Associated Residence Halls; Campus Progress; Chief Diversity Office; Executive Council of Graduate & Professional Students; Hillcrest Hall Association; ROAR; The Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives; The Department of American Studies; The Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; The Native American Council; University of Iowa Student Government; and the Women’s Resource & Action Center


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