Past Event

When Identities Collide: Sexuality and Black Feminism

Join us to explore issues of identity, sexuality and race with scholar Kimberly Springer, author of Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980, an essential reference on the history of the women’s movement.

Our program begins with self-guided tours of the critically-acclaimed exhibition, Out in Chicago, spanning diverse stories and perspectives to explore issues of language, gender expression, identity, the role of LGBT people in politics and culture, and family relationships. 

After touring the exhibit, Kimberly Springer will explore the history of lesbians in the Black feminist movement and the future of queer, feminist, women of color organizing. Springer is also the author of “Queering Black Female Heterosexuality” in Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World With Rape, co-editor of Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture and editor of Still Lifting,Still Climbing: Contemporary African American Women’s Activism. 

Also, Jennifer Brier, co-curator of Out in Chicago and Acting Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will share insights on gender, community and identity and the heritage of Chicago’s diverse LGBT community. 

  • 1pm – Self-guided tours of Out in Chicago
  • 2pm – A Conversation with Kimberly Springer and Jennifer Brier

Co-sponsored by the Chicago History Museum, Gender and Women’s Studies Program at University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University- Women’s Center, Chicago Foundation for Women Lesbian Leadership Council, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and Southwest Airlines.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are required, reserve your spot here. For more information please call 312.422.5580.

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