WCW Presents “Do Tell: Reclaiming LGBT History for the LGBT Movement”

October 23, 2012

Wellesley Centers for Women Researcher Amy Hoffman Presents in Collins Cinema

Amy Hoffman

This encore, FREE, public program is organized by the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Women’s Review of Books in partnership with The Wellesley College Office of Diversity & Inclusion; LGBTQ Programs and Services in the Office of Intercultural Education; Wellesley Spectrum; the Diversity Committee; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Date: October 23, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
Presenter: Amy Hoffman, MFA

Do Tell: Reclaiming LGBT History

Reclaiming and reframing history has been even more important for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgenger (LGBT) movement than it has been for other identity-based movements—because its history and culture is generally not passed down to by families, communities, or the larger culture. In this talk, Amy Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Women’s Review of Books, examines the recovery, content, and use of LGBT history by LGBT activists and scholars. A writer and community activist, Hoffman has been an editor at Gay Community News (GCN), South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She has served on the boards of GCN, Sojourner, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and the Boston Lesbian and Gay History Project and as a judge of the Lambda Literary Awards.

Hoffman’s memoir, Hospital Time, about taking care of friends with AIDS, was published by Duke University Press in 1997. It was short-listed for the American Library Association Gay Book Award and the New York Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award, and was a New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age selection. Her memoir, An Army of Ex-Lovers, about Boston’s Gay Community News and the lesbian and gay movement of the late 1970s, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her memoir, Lies about My Family, is forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press in spring 2013.

The Women’s Review of Books is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and Old City Publishing of Philadelphia.

Upcoming Talks at Wellesley Centers for Women

The WCW Fall Lunchtime Series continues at the Centers’ Cheever House location (1/2 mile westbound from the College’s route 16 entrance). Many of the programs will be recorded and audio and MP3 files will be posted online at: www.wcwonline.org/audioarchive.

  • Lunchtime seminars are free and open to the College community and the general public.
  • Bring your lunch, we’ll provide tea and coffee.
  • Reservations are not required, but if you plan on bringing a class, please call X2500 and let us know so that we may better accommodate a group.

October 25, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.

“The Talk”: How Teen Parents Talk about Sex with the Next Generation

This presentation will look at the qualitative interviews from 32 parents/guardians whose 7th grade children are part of the “Get Real” evaluation program, a three-year comprehensive sex education program for grades 6, 7, and 8. The interviews cover parents' experiences of sexual communication in their families of origin, and how sexual education and experiences shape how parents approach sexual communication with their own teen children. Grossman will share findings from this study, and compare how teen parents and older parents in the sample talk about these issues.

November 1, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Nan D. Stein, Ed.D.           

The Shift from Teen Dating Violence to Healthy Relationship Promotion: Losing the Gender Perspective

In this seminar, Stein will discuss the terms used to teach about interpersonal violence among youth in K-12 schools that have undergone a shift in the last few decades. The vocabulary previously utilized, such as "teen dating violence" or "rape prevention education" has morphed into "healthy relationship promotion," silencing the salience of both gender and violence. The preponderance of male violence in interpersonal relationships as confirmed by a variety of surveys and crime reports has been transformed into explanations that present relationship violence is one that is mutually created, sustained, and experienced equivalently by males and females.  Whether prevention education on teen dating violence to students in middle and secondary schools is implemented by staff from sexual assault and domestic violence agencies or is conducted by school district personnel through health education classes, a requirement that unfortunately is in decline in public education, gender neutrality seems to prevail.

Please confirm the schedule 24 hours in advance of programs by visiting www.wcwonline.org/calendar or by calling 781 283 2500.

The Wellesley Centers for Women

The Wellesley Centers for Women is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training programs in issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, our work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy. Learn more at www.wcwonline.org




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