With the 2021 publication of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, a timely question is: What is the state of trans studies now and in the future? Join us for a panel of leading scholars in the field to discuss this topic. The panelists are all contributors to the encyclopedia, and attendees will be given free access to their entries.
-Marquis Bey, Assistant Professor, African American Studies and English, Northwestern University
-Aaron Devor, Founder and Inaugural Chair in Transgender Studies; Founder and Faculty Partner, The Transgender Archives; and Professor, Sociology, University of Victoria
-Julian Kevon Glover, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Kristen Renn, Professor, Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education, Michigan State University
-Travers, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
Moderated by Emily Skidmore, Associate Professor, History, Texas Tech University
Free, but registration required
Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center and Clark University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Co-sponsored by UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and the Five College Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies Certificate.
Join Dickinson scholar Marta Werner in conversation with Peter Gizzi about her forthcoming book Writing in Time: Emily Dickinson’s Master Hours (Amherst College Press, 2021).
For more than half a century, the story of Emily Dickinson’s “Master” documents has been the largely biographical tale of three letters to an unidentified individual. Writing in Time seeks to tell a different story—the story of the documents themselves. Rather than presenting the “Master” documents as quarantined from Dickinson’s larger scene of textual production, Marta Werner’s innovative new edition proposes reading them next to Dickinson’s other major textual experiment in the years between ca. 1858–1861: the Fascicles. In both, Dickinson can be seen testing the limits of address and genre in order to escape bibliographical determination and the very coordinates of “mastery” itself. A major event in Dickinson scholarship, Writing in Time proposes new constellations of Dickinson’s work, as well as exciting new methodologies for textual scholarship as an act of “intimate editorial investigation.”
Marta Werner is the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies and Loyola University Chicago. Her previous publications include, with Jen Bervin, The Gorgeous Nothings (Granary Books, 2012; New Directions, 2013); Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson’s Late Fragments and Related Texts (University of Michigan Press, 1999; republished by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2010); with Nicholas Lawrence, Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (The American Philosophical Society, 2006); and Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing (University of Michigan Press, 1995). She also co-edited The Networked Recluse (Amherst College Press, 2017), which accompanied The Morgan Library exhibition "I’m Nobody—Who Are You": The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.
Peter Gizzi is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including most recently Now It's Dark (Wesleyan, 2020), Sky Burial: New and Collected Poems (Carcanet UK, 2020) and Archeophonics (Wesleyan, 2016), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His editing projects include o·blēk: a journal of language arts (1987-1993), The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998) and, with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 2008). He teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
After the 2016 presidential election, award-winning global peacebuilder Dr. Paula Green turned her focus from intractable international conflicts to address fractured U.S. relations. She co-created Hands Across the Hills, bringing together a group of self-identified progressives from Massachusetts with a group of self-identified conservatives from a coal-mining region of Kentucky. Hands Across the Hills has received a great deal of media attention, as it offers hope that we can find each other beneath the chaos, dehumanization and painful partisan divide, and shares a roadmap for how we too can participate in a just and inclusive society. Dr. Green has been a global peacebuilder for over 30 years, working with those experiencing the pain of conflict and war in Bosnia, Palestine, Israel, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Cyrpus, Azerbijan, as well as running an international peacebuilding institute in the U.S.
Joining Paula to share about her experience is Gwen Johnson, a self-described hillbilly woman from the coal camp of Hemphill Kentucky and founder of Black Sheep Bakery. Gwen is the daughter and granddaughter of coal miners. She graduated high school unable to read beyond a second-grade level; she learned to read while reading to her children and went to college the same year her oldest daughter did, receiving a BS at the University of Pikeville and an M.A. at Goddard College in health arts and sciences.
Dr. Ben Fink is the third participant of Hands Across the Hills presenting with Paula and Gwen. Ben has organized in deindustrialized areas across the country, including the Appalachian coalfields; the Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut; and the urban centers of Baltimore, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Ben holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Minnesota. His work has been featured by Salon.com, the Brookings Institution and Harvard Law School. He and Paula Green were recently named by Time Magazine as two of "27 People Bridging Divides Across America."