Mourning, Melancholy, and “Paris is Burning”

I recently taught Jennie Livingston's famous documentary Paris is Burning to a group of undergraduates.  As I was watching the film, a number of realizations struck me at once:  most of my students were not born when the film was released, let alone shot (1990 and the 1980s, respectively); the particular iteration of the subculture … Continue reading Mourning, Melancholy, and “Paris is Burning”

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The Perils and Promise of Queer Pedagogy

I recently had the pleasure of co-coordinating a session on creating safer classroom space.  In the process, I designed a skit that presented a scenario in which a student is not comfortable discussing LGBT issues as a result of his religious convictions and upbringing.  In the two sessions that occurred, a number of significant points … Continue reading The Perils and Promise of Queer Pedagogy