Breakfast: 8:00am-12:30pm

Ackerman Bruin Reception Room

Complimentary continental breakfast to all registered attendees, presenters, moderators, and volunteers. Registration all day.

Opening Remarks: 9:00-9:15am

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Professor Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Chair, LGBTQ Studies Program, UCLA

Session 1: 9:30-11:15am

Panel 1A

Our Past, Your Future: 20 Years of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA & Beyond

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Moderator: Professor Emeritus James Schultz, Germanic Languages, UCLA

  • Tamara C. Ho, University of California, Riverside (Gender & Sexuality Studies)
  • Kristen Schilt, University of Chicago (Associate Professor, Sociology)
  • Fred Fair, Indiana University (Assistant Professor, Gender Studies)
  • Jacob Lau, University of California, Irvine (UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow)

Panel 1B

Building Solidarity Through Radical Women of Color Epistemologies

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Moderator: Doran George, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dance, UC Riverside

  • Rafael Solórzano, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Trail of Dreams: Radical Coalitional Politics in the 21st Century, This Ain’t Your Mama’s Coalition”

  • Robert James Farley, University of California, Los Angeles

“Translational Solidarity: Intersectionality, Women of Color Feminism, and Kwīr Knowledge Production in Arabic”

  • Alexis Adsit, San Francisco State University

“‘He Had It Comin’: Radical Cultures of Resistance Against Interpersonal and Institutionalized Violence”

Session 2: 11:30am-1:00pm

Panel 2A

Challenging Discourses of White Supremacy: Homophobia at Home and Online

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Moderator: Professor Sean Metzger, Performance Studies, UCLA

  • Alexandra Rhodes, University of California, Los Angeles

“Hate Tweets: Changes in Online Hate Speech in the Trump Era”

  • Hoching Jiang, American University

“The Racialization of Homophobia: Reexamining the Discourses of Homophobic Asian Communities”

Panel 2B

Art & Activism in the Face of Global Dystopias

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Moderator: Professor Mitchell Morris, Musicology, UCLA

  • Nasim Basiri, Oregon State University

“Resistance Through Art and Literature: Middle Eastern Women’s Narrations of Gendered Violence”

  • Malú Machucha-Rose, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Travesti Studies: The Transformative Legacy of Guiseppe Campuzano”  

  • Rosalia Lerner, University of California, Riverside

“Occupied Oakland: Dancing in the Breaks”

Lunch Break: 1:00-2:00pm: Ackerman Bruin Reception Room


Session 3: 2:15-3:45pm

Panel 3A

Feeling Community, Healing Community & Building Solidarity

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Moderator: Raja Bhattar, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center, UCLA

  • Anthony Williams, University of California, Los Angeles

“‘It Means Loving Yourself Enough’: Black Women Leaders and Self Care in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”

  • Minerva Zayas, Eastern Washington University

“Beyond Labels and Boundaries: Queer Chicana Individuals and Psychological Identity Development”

  • Diana Vargas, San Diego State University

“Queering Comunidad, Queering Survival: Latina Migrants’ Experiences in Transborder Communities”

Panel 3B

Radical Representations & Queer Imaginaries

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Moderator: Professor Mike Hill, Mathematics, UCLA

  • Linshan Jiang, University of California, Santa Barbara  

“Transforming Emotional Regime: Pai Hsien-yung’s Crystal Boys

  • Samantha Cohen, University of Southern California

“The Femme in Queer Time and Economies of Care”

  • Keva Bui, University of California, San Diego

“Techno-Fantasies: The Dystopic Futurity of Queer Robots and Militarized Empire”

Coffee Break 3:45-4:15pm

Keynote Duet 4:15-5:30pm

“Dreams/Myths/Histories: Envisioning More Livable Worlds”

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Moderator: Professor Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

  • Dr. C. Riley Snorton, University of Southern California, Visiting Associate Professor (American Studies & Ethnicity); Cornell University, Associate Professor (Africana Studies and Research Center)
  • CeCe McDonald, Prison-Reform and Transgender Rights Activist

Closing Remarks 5:30-5:45pm

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Conference Organizers:

Audrey Silvestre, Dafne Luna, Vicente Carrillo (doctoral students, UCLA Chicana/o Studies) Morgan Woolsey (doctoral candidate, UCLA Musicology)

Reception 6:00-8:00pm

Wolfgang Puck, Ackerman 1st Level