Creating Solidarities: A Conversation with Members of the First US LGBTQ Delegate to Palestine

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Date and Time:
From: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:30
Until: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:30
(GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima

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451 West Street, New York, New York, United States

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Creating Solidarities: A Conversation with Members of the First US LGBTQ Delegate to Palestine

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Creating Solidarities: A Conversation with Members of the First US LGBTQ Delegate to Palestine
Date and Time:
From: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:30
Until: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:30
(GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima

Location:
Brecht Forum
451 West Street, New York, New York, United States

Description:
In January 2012, several LGBTQ prominent activists/scholars/cultural workers from the United States traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of the first delegation of its kind. This panel, comprised of six of the delegates, will focus on: the experiences of the delegates; critical analyses of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and its intersections with gender equality and the queer struggle for liberation; and developing and maintaining transnational solidarities.

Biographies of Speakers:

Katherine Franke is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. She is also on the Executive Committee of Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender and works closely with the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation's leading scholars working at the intersections of feminist, queer, and critical race theory. In addition to her scholarly research she writes regularly for a more popular audience in the Gender & Sexuality Law Blog and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to write a book on the curious role of the right to marry in larger civil rights struggles, comparing African Americans in the immediate post Civil War period with same-sex couples today.

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz is the principal of intersections/intersecciones consulting. She is a community organizer, capacity builder, writer and speaker that has worked across movements for social and economic justice for twenty years. Weiner-Mahfuz has traveled the country organizing, writing and speaking about a range of community based issues for the purpose of building more interconnected organizations, communities and movements. Her writings can be found in an anthology entitled Colonize This! Young Women of Color and Feminism, through an online writing project entitled Busting Binaries which she co-author with Ana Maurine Lara and on the Bilerico Project Blog.

For five years she served as the Director of Capacity Building for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. While in this role, she actively embedded racial, economic and disability justice work into building and strengthening organizations and movements. Prior to her work with the Task Force, she was an organizer and capacity builder for the National Organization for Women, Mid-West Regional Organizer for Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Pension Plan Organizer for the National Organizers Alliance and Interim Director for the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.

She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her partner of 14 years Lisbeth Melendez Rivera

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy at Harvard University, where he is also Core Faculty and Director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. A historian of social movements, media culture, and the American radical tradition, Dr. McCarthy graduated with honors in History and Literature and Afro-American Studies from Harvard College, earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University, and received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard. Dr. McCarthy has published three books: The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (New Press, 2003); Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism (New Press, 2006); and Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism (New Press, 2010). His fourth book, The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian, will be published in April by the New Press. Dr. McCarthy is a frequent media commentator, appearing on NPR, BBC, Air America, Bloomberg Radio, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, and Big Think, and his writings have appeared in The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and The Nation. An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. McCarthy is also an outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice. As founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break Church Rebuilding Program, he has spent the last fifteen years organizing groups of undergraduates to help rebuild African-American churches that have been destroyed in arson attacks. In 2007, he was honored by the National Coalition for Burned Churches for his longstanding commitment to civil rights and religious tolerance. For the last decade, Dr. McCarthy served as Academic Director of the Boston Clemente Course, a multi-disciplinary college humanities course offered free of charge to low-income adults through the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In addition, Dr. McCarthy was a founding member of Barack Obama’s National LGBT Leadership Council, has given expert testimony to the Pentagon Comprehensive Working Group in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” serves on the advisory board of the Harvey Milk Foundation, and is lead research collaborator and founding governing board member for Face Value, a new organization dedicated to eradicating social and cultural stigma against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In October 2010, he and his Face Value colleagues received a $730,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support their work, one of the largest grants ever awarded by Ford to study LGBT issues.

Pauline Park (paulinepark.com) is chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) (nyagra.com), a statewide transgender advocacy organization that she co-founded in 1998, and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House (queenspridehouse.org), which she co-founded in 1997. Park also co-founded Iban/Queer Koreans of New York in 1997 and served as its coordinator from 1997 to 1999. Park led the campaign for passage of the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council in 2002 and she served on the working group that helped to draft guidelines — adopted by the Commission on Human Rights in December 2004 — for implementation of the new statute. Park negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), a safe schools law enacted by the New York state legislature in 2010, and the first fully transgender-inclusive legislation enacted by that body. In 2005, Park became the first openly transgendered grand marshal of the New York City Pride March. She was the subject of “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman,” a 32-minute documentary about her life and work by documentarian Larry Tung that premiered at the New York LGBT Film Festival (NewFest) in 2008.

Jasbir Puar is Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; South Asian cultural studies; and theories of assemblage and affect. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Professor Puar has also authored numerous articles that appear in Gender, Place, and Culture, Social Text, Radical History Review, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Feminist Legal Studies. Her edited volumes include a special issue of GLQ titled, "Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization" and co-edited a volume of Society and Space titled "Sexuality and Space". Most recently she edited, with Julie Livingston, a special issue of Social Text on "Interspecies" (Spring 2011). Prof. Puar has been awarded the Edward Said Chair at the American University in Beirut for 2012-13. Thx

She is currently working on a new book on queer disability studies and theories of affect and assemblage titled Affective Politics: States of Capacity and Debility. Her most recent publications from this project are "Prognosis Time: Towards a Geopolitics of Affect, Debility, and Capacity" in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (vol 19, no.2, July 2009) and “The Cost of Getting Better: Suicide, Sensation, Switchpoints,” in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies (Winter 2011).

Professor Puar is also a contributor to the Guardian and The Huffington Post, as well as Bully Bloggers (bullybloggers.com) and Oh! Industry (ohindustry.com). Her op-eds have focused on “pinkwashing” in gay and lesbian activism, queer Islamophobia, and the limits and possibilities of the It Gets Better campaign.

Darnell L. Moore is the Director of Educational Initiatives at the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI). He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, part-time lecturer in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University, and a Fellow of the Global Justice Institute. He was appointed by Mayor Cory Booker as the inaugural Chair of Newark’s Advisory Commission on LGBTQ Concerns. He is the co-coordinator of the Queer Newark Oral History Project facilitated by Rutgers-Newark.

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