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Lecture: Polit. Campaign Organizing &Gender/Sexuality Roles

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Identity Matters: Political Campaign Organizing and the Roles of Gender and Sexuality," and will be presented by Jackie Frankovich.

This talk focuses on providing a detailed narrative around campaign life—i.e. what campaign workers do, what expectations they have, and how they interact with voters and their peers. While this talk explores these key aspects of this line of work, it also engages the ways in which identity matters in regards to all of the latter points. By way of narrative and personal experience, Frankovich will engage the ways in which gender and sexuality might create barriers in the realm of political organizing, while also seeking to understand both the importance of identity and the roles of sexism and homophobia. As such, this talk conceptualizes who might experience these issues and what this means for both their personal work and the vitality of said political campaign.

Jackie Frankovich is a seasoned political campaign field organizer for major elections in battleground states. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia; she also completed portions of her degree at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, where she studied politics and history. In terms of campaigns, she has worked as a field organizer for congressional and gubernatorial elections in Florida, though she has assisted in various capacities with numerous other political organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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