The 20th Anniversary of the Sager Symposium in Gay and Lesbian Studies to Be Held at Swarthmore, March 28-29

Anita Pace

The 20th Anniversary of the Sager Symposium in Gay and Lesbian Studies to Be Held at Swarthmore, March 28-29

by Anita Pace
03/13/2008

The 20th annual Sager Symposium in Gay and Lesbian Studies will be held at Swarthmore College from Friday, March 28, through Saturday, March 29. This year's symposium, "The Boundaries of Queer" will feature talks by NYU Professor Gayatri Gopinath, Bryn Mawr Professor Lazaro Lima, University of Pennsylvania Professor Heather K. Love, writer and activist Kenyon Farrow, and a performance and workshop by author, playwright, and performance artist Kate Bornstein.

"This year the symposium will explore academic communities and radical social movements that are increasingly embrace the word "queer" over gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We must interrogate the contours of such an identity." says Tatiana Cozzarelli '08, a symposium co chair.

According to organizers, the symposium aims to critically examine the language that defines our communities through performances and speakers along with the culmination, a gathering of alumni, students, faculty, and symposium speakers and guests over cocktails and a banquet dinner.

"In turn," adds co-chair Matthew Armstead '08, "through the process of identification see how the terms we use to express identities contribute to social change. At the symposium, scholars, activists, and artists will engage these questions from the perspective of their own disciplines, hopes and desires."

For more information, registration details, and a full schedule, please visit the symposium web site at http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/org/sager/ 
or write the Sager Committee at sager@swarthmore.edu.

The Sager Fund of Swarthmore College was established in 1988 by Richard Sager '73. The symposium is designed to combat homophobia and related forms of discrimination.