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Lecture: By Us, For Us: Creating Media Within the LGBTQ+ Community

Thursday, February 28, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

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.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (http://wgss.uconn.edu).

Today's lecture is entitled, "By Us, For Us: Creating Media Within the LGBTQ+ Community" and will be presented by five recipients of the UConn IDEA Grant, https://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/idea/.

Synopsis: This presentation will feature five UConn undergraduates who are working on creative projects in various mediums which broadly address issues of representation, often specifically as this problem relates to the LGBTQ+ community. The students will share examples of their work in such mediums as young adult novels, puppets, and children’s literature, all while highlighting the importance of creating diverse media which reflects authentic experiences.

Biographies: The five presenters are all current UConn undergraduates who have received UConn IDEA Grants to support independent creative projects.

Amelia Bowman (she/her/hers) – Cohort 10 of the UConn IDEA Grant – is a junior individualized major focused on young adult fiction, identity and diversity. She is completing a young adult post-apocalyptic novel that defies the standard narrative and explores issues such as social paranoia.

Kat Folker (she/her/hers) – Cohort 10 of the UConn IDEA Grant – is a senior puppet arts major completing a short film that explores the genre of horror and how it reflects social topics, specifically issues of identity and prejudice.

Kenny Glazer (he/him/his) – Cohort 11 of the UConn IDEA Grant – is a senior studio art major with a concentration in illustration and animation. Kenny is writing and illustrating an LGBT children’s book that contributes to the dialog on families within the LGBT community.

Taylore Grunert (he/him/his) – Cohort 10 of the UConn IDEA Grant – is a senior double majoring in English and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Taylore is writing and illustrating a series of vignettes that explore the experience of LGBT adolescence.

Blue Wallick (they/them/theirs)- Cohort 11 of the UConn IDEA Grant – is a senior studio art major with a concentration in printmaking. Blue is creating a series of paintings that draw from the experiences and lives of transgender people to shed light on the misconceptions of transness.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Undergraduate Research, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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