Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)

March 31, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Competency: A conversation with Nina Davuluri, 2014 Miss America
McCosh 10

Come hear Ms. Davuluri speak about her experiences with the Miss America Pageant, focusing on topics of 'effortless perfection,' women's representation in STEM, and her Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency initiative. Moderating the talk will be Dr. Alexis Andres, Butler College DSL.
The event is being sponsored by the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Committee, Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies Program, The Women’s Center, The Women’s Mentorship Program, Whig-Clio, the Pace Center, Butler College and the Princeton Perspective Project.

April 1, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Sophomore Open House
113 Dickinson Hall

Designed to help sophomores learn about departmental programs and requirements, and to give a better sense of what it is like to be an undergraduate concentrator. Current concentrators will be here to answer questions and talk about the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.  Students of all years are welcome to learn about the GSS certificate..

April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily M. Danforth
113 Dickinson Hall

When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned by hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both. Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship - one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self - even if she's not exactly sure who that is. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.
Lunch will be provided.

April 1, 2015 - 4:30pm
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa - A Buddhist Perspective: The Environment, Gender, and Activism
The Princeton University Chapel

Ticket distribution will take place at the Frist Campus Center Ticketing Office. Student distribution begins Tuesday, 3/24 at Noon. Faculty and staff distribution begins Thursday, 3/26 at Noon. Tickets for the general public will be distributed online on Friday, 3/27.
For more information please contact HHK@princeton.edu.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious Life and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

April 6, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Lewis Center for the Arts presents “The Dramaturgy of Political Violence: Ayad Akhtar, Aasif Mandvi, and Muslims on U.S. Stages”
Friend Center, Convocation Room (113)

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the English Department, the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life, the Program in Theater, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will present a panel on the dramaturgy of political violence and Muslims on U.S. stages on April 6 in the Friend Center Convocation Room (113) on the corner of William and Olden Streets. The panel will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, actor/writer Aasif Mandvi, playwright/producer Jamil Khoury, theater historian Neilesh Bose, and theater scholar Fawzia Afzal-Khan. The panel is organized by Afzal-Khan and Jill Dolan, Professor of Theater, Annan Professor in English, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists will discuss a range of relevant contemporary theater and performance work from both artists’ and scholar’s perspectives.

April 6, 2015 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
"Guy Fi: The Fictions that Shape Men’s Lives" with Christopher Kilmartin
Betts Auditorium

Join us for a special presentation from Dr. Christopher Kilmartin, a college professor, author and professional psychologist.  Author of the The Masculine Self, Dr. Kilmartin is an internationally-recognized expert on gender and violence prevention.
At his presentation on masculine socialization, Dr. Kilmartin will discuss the various social forces that pressure men into behaving and experiencing themselves in gendered ways. His talk will empower you with tools to name and resist these social pressures. 
Cosponsored by SHARE and MAVRIC.

April 8, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
FFR LGBTQ Spring Lecture: Janet Mock and Imani Perry in Conversation
Fields Center Multipurpose Room

New York Times bestselling author and advocate for trans women's rights, Janet Mock, will join Professor Imani Perry, professor of African American Studies, and author of More Beautiful and More Terrible, in conversation. Imani Perry is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and an interdisciplinary scholar who studies race and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. Janet Mock is the author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Currently, she hosts the weekly culture show "So-POPular!" on MSNBC's Shift network and serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.
Cosponsored by the Fund for Reunion, Fields Center, Women's Center, and LGBT Center.

April 10, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Slam Poetry Performance with Kit Yan
Wilson Black Box Theater, doors open at 4:30 PM

Nationally renowned spoken word artist Kit Yan will be on campus to do a slam poetry performance followed by a dinner discussion. Kit is a "queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet" who has made a career of touring mostly college campuses and giving performances, talks, and workshops based on his experiences with his intersecting identities through stories of "family, love, and social justice." 
Cosponsored by the Pride Alliance.

April 11, 2015 - 4:30pm
Natural Law and the Foundations of Sexual Ethics
Guyot Hall Room 10

All are welcome to join the Princeton Anscombe Society 10th Anniversary Lecture, given by Prof. Edward Feser, and moderated by Prof. Robert George, as well as the reception afterwards. 
Professor Edward Feser, Lecturer, is  a Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College. Professor Robert George, Moderator, is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princton University.
Co-sponsored by the Anscombe Society.

April 16, 2015 (All day)
CeCe McDonald
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

April 16, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Graduate Student Reading Group
113 Dickinson Hall

Anna Bonnell-Freidin, Graduate Student, Department of Classics.
The purpose of this reading group is to provide a space for graduate students (and faculty) from across all disciplines interested in questions of gender and sexuality to meet in a collegial setting over light refreshments to share and discuss recent scholarly work in the field, including their own. Meetings begin with a few brief words by the group member(s) who selected the reading(s) and are follwed by group discussion.
To obtain the readings or for further details, please contact Joshua Rivas (Department of French and Italian) at jrivas@princeton.edu.

April 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Sophia Rising: The Making of "Women's Wisdom" in American Thought, 1960s-80s
210 Dickinson Hall

Workshop with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Co-sponsored with the Program in American Studies.

April 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
2015 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture with Joan Scott
McCormick 101

"Fifty Years of Academic Feminism" with Joan Scott.  
Historian Joan Scott explores her long career in women's, gender, and sexuality studies in its historical context.
Joan Scott’s groundbreaking work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history. Broadly, the object of her work is the question of difference in history: its uses, enunciations, implementations, justifications, and transformations in the construction of social and political life. Scott’s recent books have focused on the vexed relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalizing force of democratic politics. They include Gender and the Politics of History(1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005), The Politics of the Veil (2007), and The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011).
Please join us for a reception in Prospect House immediately following the lecture.

April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Orange is the New Black" by Piper Kerman with remarks by Jill Dolan
113 Dickinson Hall

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
Our Program Director, Professor Jill Dolan, will attend this gathering to facilitate a discussion about the TV show of the same title, in conjunction with the book.
Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University, where she also directs the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1989, reissued in a 2012 anniversary edition with a new introduction and extended bibliography), Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre (2005), Theatre & Sexuality (2010), and many other books and essays. She won the 2011 Outstanding Teach Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a lifetime achievement award from the Women and Theatre Program (2011). Dolan is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and of the National Theatre Conference in the US. She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.TheFeministSpectator.com, for which she won the 2010-2011 George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. A book of her selected blog posts and new essays, The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for Stage and Screen, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Lunch will be provided.

April 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Take Back the Night
Location to be announced

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SHARE is holding its annual Take Back the Night event. This year's theme is "It affects all of us," and focuses on intersectionality, and the ways that interpersonal violence is pxperienced in many different communities.
More information coming soon!

May 13, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Ghana Must Go" by Taiye Selasi
113 Dickinson Hall

Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death send a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love.
Lunch will be provided.

June 1, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Class Day Reception
Prospect House Presidential Dining Room

Light refreshments will be served. Come and help us honor and celebrate our 2015 graduates.

October 24, 2015 (All day) to October 25, 2015 (All day)
Black/Queer Ontologies
Location and Time TBA

Princeton University’s Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective is proud to announce its 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference…
Keynote Speaker: Professor Saidiya V. Hartman
Critical discussions about the ontology of blackness are reshaping the field of Black Studies. Varied debates interrogate the implications blackness has for the category of the human. They ask: How does blackness inflect, inform, and inaugurate hierarchicalized modes of being? Such a question pushes us to not only reflect on the category of the human and its usefulness for black critical inquiry, but also, betrays the fragility at the heart of the “humanist” project, especially when it uncritically takes up the human as its object of study. What these critical departures offer, then, is an understanding of how race, but especially and particularly blackness, distorts the field of the socio-political category of the human. 
The most prominent and visible of these debates has emerged between scholars broadly termed, “Afro-pessimists” and those begrudgingly labeled “Afro-optimists.” While so-named proponents often shirk their respective camps, the difference represented by these heuristic groupings generally hinges on the degree to which the character of the link between blackness and the human determines black people, black culture, black being and black life.
This conference seeks papers that take up these recent interventions in black studies within the domain of queer scholarship. We invite papers from disciplines as varied as English, History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Politics, Sociology, Black Studies, Queer Studies and others. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How do theories of queerness inflect conversations/debates about blackness?
  • How can ontological discussions of black life account for its historically particular manifestation and organization?
  • How is the relationship between blackness and the human articulated through particular regimes of domination (intellectual, economic, social, or cultural)?
  • Is slavery ground-zero for thinking about categories of the human and their inflection through blackness?
  • What is the orientation of blackness?
  • What significance does sexuality have for those subject/object to “social death”?

Professor Saidiya V. Hartman is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).
Please submit your abstracts (350 words) and CV to bqsgraduateconference@gmail.com by August 31, 2015. All other inquiries should be directed to Brittney Edmonds (bedmonds@princeton.edu) or to Ezelle Sanford (ezelles@princeton.edu).