Past Event

Queer Diasporas: Beyond Marriage Equality and Immigration Reform

Come explore how queer diasporas navigate the issues of marriage equality and immigration reform that have taken center stage. What does same-sex marriage offer LGBTQ im/migrants? How is immigration reform an LGBTQ issue? Beyond marriage equality and immigration reform, how can LGBTQ rights be advanced as human rights globally?

Taking place in conjunction with the upcoming conference, “Remapping the Black Atlantic: Diaspora (Re)Writings of Race and Space”, where gendering and queering black diaspora identities will be one of the many topics explored, these community conversations aim to connect dialogue taking place in Chicago communities to each other and our diverse experiences.

Join us for these facilitated discussions WBEZ’s Community Bureaus:

Wednesday, March 13, 6-7pm- WBEZ West Side Bureau
Wednesday, March 20, 6-7pm – WBEZ South Side Bureau 
Wednesday, March 27, 6-7pm – WBEZ North Side Bureau 

Prudence Browne, Managing Editor of SOULS and Graduate Research Assistant at UIC, and Emmanuel Garcia, writer/visual artist/activist, will be joining us as our guest speakers on Wednesday, March 27, 6-7pm at the WBEZ North Side Bureau. Reserve your spot here. 

Presented by WBEZ, the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, and The Public Square – a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, this three-part series is taking place in conjunction with the international conference: “Remapping the Black Atlantic: Diaspora (Re)Writings of Race and Space” to be held at DePaul April 12-14, 2013. The conference is designed to provide a critical space to remap the Black Atlantic in light of changing discourses regarding African and Black Diaspora studies and related fields, taking into account history, contemporary contexts, location, movement, displacement, globalization, and migration. For program and registration, click here.

The Center for Black Diaspora was established to promote and support the production of scholarly, cultural and creative work related to the experiences of Black people in the Diaspora. The Center encourages and supports the study of Black Diaspora in all its complexities as shaped by the historical experiences of Africa and the West, and actively promotes comparative perspectives to illuminate the particular experiences of African people both on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Created by The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, Café Society is a series of conversations where families, friends, neighbors, and citizens come together to discuss current events and other important political and social issues. By engaging in the meaningful exchange of ideas and perspectives, these conversations aim to enliven the core of democracy and empower the public.

Free and open to the public. For more information please call 312.422.5580.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit