The Library is sponsoring a series of programs this spring that explore gender and equality. Journey to Equality: The LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement will provide timely, relevant and engaging LGBTQ programming to the campus and North Central Massachusetts. All events are free and open to the public.
This series of programs is funded in part by MassHumanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Beyond the Binary Artist Talk and Exhibit
January 31, 2018 at 3:00pm - Fitchburg High School Library
January 31, 2018 at 5:30pm Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Building, Fitchburg State University
Local artist and Fitchburg State University alumnus, Alex Mancini will discuss the evolution of her portrait and interview exhibit, Beyond the Binary showcasing 22 non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals. Lenny Schnier, Noah Toledo and Ally Tippett who are profiled in this exhibit will discuss their experiences as individuals who identify outside the gender binary. Following the 5:30pm talk, guests are invited to attend a reception and view the photo and interview exhibit in the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library on the first floor of Hammond Hall. The exhibit will be on display through May 31, 2018.
Taking Stock: Queering Gender Narratives with Clarence Harlan Orsi
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 2:00pm - Room G01, Hammond Hall, Fitchburg State University
Author Clarence Harlan Orsi will do a public reading of his essay, Take Stock, and will then lead a writing exercise and discussion of trends in queer literature and how gender can inform creative works. Harlan Orsi is the author of many acclaimed essays and short stories. He has published writing in many celebrated journals, including n+1, Cream City Review, Electric Literature, New England Review, and Passages North. He teaches English at Cecil College in northern Maryland. Learn more about Harlan Orsi at http://www.claireharlanorsi.com/.
Author Talk: Helping Families with Transgender Children Navigate the Emotional Transition
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30pm - Fitchburg Public Library
Bringing decades of clinical practice, especially with transgender and gender-diverse children and youth, Dr. Nealy will explore the joys and challenges families of trans youth experience. The program is ideal not only for families but also trans youth and adults, students, educators, professionals interested in gender issues and family counseling.
Social work professor at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, Dr. Elijah C. Nealy, M.Div., LCSW, provides consultation and training on best practice with trans and gender-diverse children, youth, and adults in health and mental healthcare settings. An ordained minister, Dr. Nealy also preaches and provides workshops within faith communities. He is an out trans man, father, and author of Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition.
Journey to Equality: The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00pm - Leominster Public Library
Using a historical and political lens, Dr. Katherine Rye Jewell will discuss pinnacle moments of the LGBTQ civil rights movement that helped secure basic rights while highlighting the work still needed to achieve true equality for the LGBTQ community.
Katherine Rye Jewell is Assistant Professor of History, and the author of Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Southern Conservatism in the Twentieth Century. A specialist in American political history, she is currently writing a book on the history of college radio that examines regulation and the politics of the culture wars.
Queer Poetry & Open Mic
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00pm - Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall at Fitchburg State University
Join us for an evening of queer poetry. Four featured poets will read original and seminal LGBTQ poetry. Those attending are welcome to read their original or favorite queer poem.
Featured poets include Hannah Larrabee, Rage Hezekiah, Jade Sylan and Hannah Baker-Siroty.
This event is sponsored in part by the Gay-Straight Alliance at Fitchburg State University.