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Lecture: Cultivating Resilience, Leadership, Other Strengths

Wednesday, April 19, 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, "Cultivating Resilience, Leadership and Other Strengths: Queerness, Intersectionality and the Reconstruction of Gender," and will be presented by Kim Dugan and Rebecca Harvey.

Through a pedagogical exercise, presenters explore some unique gifts of queerness including flexibility, gender fluidity, borderland connections, sensitivity to power and oppression, differentiation (i.e. bravery to hold self knowledge in the face of community pressure). We explore how these gifts or queer sensibilities can create social and cultural competencies and expertise, ingenuity and navigation skills. All this, we argue creates, cultivates and supports the interpersonal skills that can create better leaders and stronger intimate partnerships.

Dr. Rebecca Harvey is an Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University. She specializes in sexuality issues publishes and presents widely on affirmative clinical work with LGBTQIA people and their families. In 2005 she co-authored the book:“ Nurturing Queer Youth: Family Therapy Transformed.” She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a PhD in Family Therapy from Syracuse University.

Dr. Kim Dugan is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University. Her teaching and research focus on social movements and LGBTQ lives. She has written about the LGBTQ movement and the Christian Right. She authored The Struggle Over Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights (Routledge, 2005) and numerous articles. She helped develop Eastern’s Pride Room (now, Pride Center) and serves as advisor for the Pride Alliance group on campus.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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