Queerfest

QUEERFEST 2014

 

* Grants participants a Drag Ball Voucher (must have a voucher to purchase Drag Ball Ticket) 
 
Facebook Event Page!

La MariColectiva
Stage Performance entitled, "Undeportable Baby"
Wednesday, April 16th from 7-9pm 

Colors of Rhythm 
Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 pm 
Finney Chapel 

Anti-Racist Training Part 2
Thursday, April 17th at 4:30 pm 

Writing Workshop lead by Moya Bailey 
Friday, April 18th from 5-7pm

Queer Shabbat 
Friday, April 18th at 7pm
Kosher-Halal Coop

Queer Crafting 
Make your very own Pride Flag that reflects and celebrates your identity 
Saturday, April 19th at 1:30 pm 

Rhacel Parrenas Lecture 
Monday, April 21st at 3:30 pm 
King 306

Transnational and Immigrant Queer Narratives 
Monday, April 22nd 4:30-6 pm 

Janet Mock 
Discussion and Book Signing 
Tuesday, April 22nd from 7-9pm 
Nancy Dye Center 

Panel Discussion: Black Masculinity 
Wednesday, April 23rd 
Time: 12pm 

Queer Merengue Madness 
Friday, April 25th 
Fundraiser for Oberlin High School GSA 

Drag Ball 
Saturday, April 26th
'Sco 

AKIKO ASPIRE 
Queer Asian Comic Book Artist 
April 29th 4:30pm in Shipherd Lounge 

WEEK 1 (April 1st April 7th)

Monday April 1st.



  • Ice Cream Social
    Wilder 211 - @8pm

You are cordially invited to the LGBTQA Queerfest Ice Cream Social. Come meet and mingle with LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff, all while enjoying fabulous and free desserts!


Wednesday April 3rd.



  • Trans Allyship Workshop *
    Wilder 211
     @ 4:30pm-6:30pm  


Thursday April 4th.



  • BURN: Queer Community Fitness *
    Every Thursday @4pm - Philips Gym

BURN: Queer Community Fitness is a space for queer people and allies to come together and workout. We will offer weekly open gym times, large-group competitive sporting events, and small-group workout facilitation. Don't worry if your athletic prowess isn't necessarily in tip-top shape—we'll meet you where you're at.

E-mail Lore (lespinoz@oberlin.edu) and/or Julie (jchrist@oberlin.edu) to request more information.

We will be meeting at the Phillips Gym Lobby and we will be holding a rainbow flag! get excited! We will also be working on our running/jogging/walking fast skills and doing some weights so come join us!




  • Zami Art evening - Arth Exhibit, release of the Zami Zine, Open Mic Night
    The Local @ 7pm

“And what colors did you want to do this in? Honestly, your colors are pretty limited because your skin is so dark. Red, green, and purple will definitely show through your skin…and of course black and grey.”


The exhibit Black + Gray seeks to examine the (semi)permanence of piercings and tattoos,and questions if  those forms of body modification further define our identities or can be consider subversive even in their permanence. Through the portrayal of  queer, raced bodies as subjects the artist further complicates and explores the question of performative subversion.

How do we perform our queerness subversively, within the bounds of our racial identities? What does queerness, as a performance, even mean for the raced body? Further, when one maps these body modifications onto a queer, racialized canvas, where does this body fit into the understandings of society?


Friday April 5th.



  • Student Panel: Are Boy Bands Gay?: Queering the Media * (Organized by LAMBDA)

    Wilder 101 @ 4:30


Sunday April 7th



  • Self-Defense and Street Safety with the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization * Wilder Main @7pm


This workshop will offer basic techniques which will improve your level of self-defense, self awareness, and confidence.  Although violence cannot always be prevented through self-defense, this training aims to increase your capacity to remain safe through providing basic tools and knowledge to utilize when encountering various situations.


WEEK 2 (April 8th-April 14th)


Monday April 8th



  • All Are Welcome: An Introduction to Meditation *

Wilder 112 @ 5:00 - 6:15

(organized by the MRC and the Counseling Center)

An introduction to meditation led by Oberlin students and Counseling Center staff for QueerFest. Come meditate together and share experiences around identity, anxiety, and living in this human experience. No meditation experience required; all are welcome.

Facilitators: Callan Louis, Ike McCreery, & Katharine Hahn Oh




  • Part 1: White Anti-Racist Workshop: Developing Identity, Narratives, and Understanding Privilege *

- Wilder 211 @4:30pm-6:30pm

This workshop will focus on acquiring the basic concepts surrounding privilege, allyship, and anti-racist work, and will then allow participants to gain the skills needed to map their own white privilege.




  • LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) with the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization *

King 106 @4:30-6pm

This is an educational workshop about ways that intimate partner violence operates in LGBTQ relationships and communities.  The workshop will explore the underlying causes and effects of IPV, as well as healthy relationships.  This workshop will also provide information about resources.


Tuesday April 9th.



  • Trans Allyship Workshop *
    Wilder 155 @7pm-9pm

  • Queerfest Queer Beers
    The ‘Sco @ 10pm


April 10th-13th International Festival of Queer Tango (Organized by the Year of the Queer)


April Thursday 11th.



  • What Being A Queer Survivor Gave Me: desire, freedom dreams, sluthood and survival.*

a performance by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

West Lecture Hall @ 7:30pm


What Being a Queer Survivor Gave Me is a poetic exploration of the miracle of queer of color survivor bodies. Sharing new and old performance testifying about fucking and fighting for freedom in a queer disabled femme of color body, Leah will share stories, autohistorias and performance about. Come ready to witness and to enter into a sacred space of transformation and conversation about our brilliance in transforming violence in our lives.




  • Part 2: White Anti-Racist Workshop: Redefining Allyship*

Wilder 315  @4:30pm-6:30pm

This workshop will focus giving participants the tools to map themselves in the anti-racist movement and challenge the concept of allyship.




  • BURN: Queer Community Fitness *
    Every Thursday @4pm - Philips Gym

BURN: Queer Community Fitness is a space for queer people and allies to come together and workout. We will offer weekly open gym times, large-group competitive sporting events, and small-group workout facilitation. Don't worry if your athletic prowess isn't necessarily in tip-top shape—we'll meet you where you're at.

E-mail Lore (lespinoz@oberlin.edu) and/or Julie (jchrist@oberlin.edu) to request more information.

We will be meeting at the Phillips Gym Lobby and we will be holding a rainbow flag! get excited! We will also be working on our running/jogging/walking fast skills and doing some weights so come join us!




  • A Queerness of Our Own *

Wilder 211 @4:30

The ELC is having a series of panels entitled “A Queerness of Our Own.” We acknowledge that certain privileged voices and experiences often dominate the understanding of queerness at Oberlin. Through these panels, we are hoping to do something different. We hope to have a conversation that acknowledges the oftentimes alienating nature of queer culture at Oberlin. We understand that students’ home lives shape their experience of queerness here. This is a panel for the voices that are not typically heard."


Friday April 12th



  • What Your Body Wants to Say: A Writing Workshop for queer/trans/of color/ disabled folks *

a workshop by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Wilder 101 @4:30


As queer/trans people of color and Two Spirit folks with or without disabilities and chronic illnesss, we come from a fierce lineage of badass Black, Native and Brown sick and crip warriors! And we are those warriors- at our fiercest, and at our most fiercely vulnerable. What do our bodies and lives have to say? What do we have to offer to our communities and movements that nobody else can?  What are we creating for those who come after us?

In this workshop, come have a mind-blowingly amazing time writing and sharing stories from our body's archive of fierce, resilient wisdom. No writing experience necessary! Snacks and drinks available (please email with food needs). We will also read and share some awesome writing by other disabled/ queer/trans /POC and Two Spirit writers.




  • Erotica Reading *

Edmonia Lewis Center @8pm




  • Queer Merengue Madness
    The Maze (Common space between Spanish House, German House and Third World House) @10pm

Come and dance some Latin music with us, eat some delicious snacks and tamales,  and have fun!
Featuring
 La Vaca Grande, a septet of Oberlin Students that plays a variety of Latin styles including salsa, cha cha, and bossa nova.

Sponsored by La Casa Hispánica, Gabriela Garcia's Project


WEEK 3 (April 15th-April 21st)


Monday April 15th.



  • Art as a Way of Expression *

Hallock Auditorium  @ 4:30pm

Join us for an afternoon of student art projects followed by a discussion on the use of art as a tool for expression, education, and activism.



  • Part 1: White Anti-Racist Workshop: Developing Identity, Narratives, and Understanding Privilege *

- Wilder 211 @4:30pm-6:30pm

This workshop will focus on acquiring the basic concepts surrounding privilege, allyship, and anti-racist work, and will then allow participants to gain the skills needed to map their own white privilege.


Tuesday April 16th



  • QuAF Panel: Sex and Religion *

King 106 @ 4:30

This panel and forum will be discussing the intersections of sex, sexuality and religion. We will talk about how the media portrays faith and sex, along with our personal experiences, and ways of changing the dialogue.


Wednesday April 17th.



  • Trans Allyship Workshop *
    Wilder 155 @7pm-9pm



  • QuAF Forum: Sex and Religion *

Wilder 115 @7pm

This panel and forum will be discussing the intersections of sex, sexuality and religion. We will talk about how the media portrays faith and sex, along with our personal experiences, and ways of changing the dialogue.


Thursday April 18th.



  • Part 2: White Anti-Racist Workshop: Redefining Allyship *

King 337 4:30pm-6:30pm

This workshop will focus giving participants the tools to map themselves in the anti-racist movement and challenge the concept of allyship.




  • Queerfest Open Rugby Practice *

North Fields @4:30pm-6:30 pm

Come work out and learn the basics of rugby with the Rhinos, Oberlin's queer-friendly women and trans*-inclusive team! (Please wear running shoes or cleats and clothes you don't mind getting dirty and bring a water bottle!)




  • BURN: Queer Community Fitness *
    Every Thursday @4pm - Philips Gym

BURN: Queer Community Fitness is a space for queer people and allies to come together and workout. We will offer weekly open gym times, large-group competitive sporting events, and small-group workout facilitation. Don't worry if your athletic prowess isn't necessarily in tip-top shape—we'll meet you where you're at.

E-mail Lore (lespinoz@oberlin.edu) and/or Julie (jchrist@oberlin.edu) to request more information.

We will be meeting at the Phillips Gym Lobby and we will be holding a rainbow flag! get excited! We will also be working on our running/jogging/walking fast skills and doing some weights so come join us!



  • A Queerness of Our Own *

Room TBA 4:30

The ELC is having a series of panels entitled “A Queerness of Our Own.” We acknowledge that certain privileged voices and experiences often dominate the understanding of queerness at Oberlin. Through these panels, we are hoping to do something different. We hope to have a conversation that acknowledges the oftentimes alienating nature of queer culture at Oberlin. We understand that students’ home lives shape their experience of queerness here. This is a panel for the voices that are not typically heard."



  • The Laramie Project *

Hall Auditorium @8pm

A play written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Caroline Jackson Smith.

In October 1998, the brutal death of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming, shocked the country and became a national symbol of intolerance. But for the people of this Western town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing him, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project journeyed to Laramie over the following year, “listening to the citizens talk.” A breathtaking theatrical collage constructed from their interviews and the Tectonic’s own experiences, The Laramie Project creates a profoundly moving exploration of the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

A TALKBACK WITH THE CAST WILL FOLLOW THE PERFORMANCE ON THURSDAY. THE TALKBACK WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.




  • Vogue Master Class*

South Studios @ 3pm-4:30pm

The House Ball Scene started in Harlem and the Vogue Dance within it flourished in the 1960's and continues to expand. Although it is still a sub-culture, the dance style has been incorporated in choreo for pop stars like Janet Jackson, Christina Milian, and Chris Brown. It consists of five elements put together in a way that creates a unique performance. Those elements are hands, catwalk, duckwalk, spins/dips, and floor performance. Are you fierce enough to do all five??!! Let's find out!

19th.



  • The Laramie Project*

Hall Auditorium  @8pm

A play written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Caroline Jackson Smith.

In October 1998, the brutal death of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming, shocked the country and became a national symbol of intolerance. But for the people of this Western town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing him, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project journeyed to Laramie over the following year, “listening to the citizens talk.” A breathtaking theatrical collage constructed from their interviews and the Tectonic’s own experiences, The Laramie Project creates a profoundly moving exploration of the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.


Friday April 19th



  • Queer Shabbath

Services start @ 5:30

Dinner is served @ 7pm

Kosher-Halal Co-op

Queer Shabbat will be in Kosher-Halal Co-op in Talcott with services lead by me and Asher at 5:30, and then dinner at 7:00. This is open to everyone! We'll be singing, reading some stuff by queer spiritual leaders, and eating delicious food.




  • Open Mic Night*

Edmonia Lewis Center @8pm


Saturday April 20th.



  • Oberlin vs. Kenyon "Rocky Horror" Rugby Prom

North Fields @ 11 am-1 pm

Always wondered about Rugby? Do you like to see people getting tackled? Do you want to see it all happen while the players are wearing awesome costumes?

Come support the Rhinos in their “Rocky Horror” themed game against Kenyon!



  • The Laramie Project

Hall Auditorium @ 8pm

A play written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Caroline Jackson Smith.

In October 1998, the brutal death of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming, shocked the country and became a national symbol of intolerance. But for the people of this Western town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing him, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project journeyed to Laramie over the following year, “listening to the citizens talk.” A breathtaking theatrical collage constructed from their interviews and the Tectonic’s own experiences, The Laramie Project creates a profoundly moving exploration of the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.




  • Drag Ball - Seven Deadly Sins

‘Sco @ 10pm


WEEK 4 (April 22nd - April 28th)


Monday April 22nd.



  • Photo Consciousness: DeBugging The System of Who Gets to Tell Our Stories

a talk by Jean Melasaine

Hallock Auditorium @ 4:30


DeBug community organizer/photographer Jean Melesaine will teach the healing work of storytelling through photography for pacific islanders, queer people of color and folks who just get dealt the worst obstacles to go through but the best obstacles to learn from.



  • Part 1: White Anti-Racist Workshop: Developing Identity, Narratives, and Understanding Privilege *

- Wilder 211 @4:30pm-6:30pm

This workshop will focus on acquiring the basic concepts surrounding privilege, allyship, and anti-racist work, and will then allow participants to gain the skills needed to map their own white privilege.


Tuesday April 23rd.



  • Embracing Positive Identities: A Workshop for Queer Students of Color
    Wilder 215 @ 4:30-5:30

Facilitator:  Barbara Y. Thomas, Oberlin College Counseling Center


As queer persons of color, we face unique challenges in the process of embracing positive and integrated identities.  The absence of adequate and visible support systems often heightens our sense of isolation and alienation.  This discussion/workshop provides an opportunity to explore challenges and share resources and strategies from embracing our positive identities.


Wednesday April 24th.



  • Queer Shorts(organized by LAMBDA)

West Lecture Hall @ 7:00 PM


Thursday April 25th



  • Part 2: White Anti-Racist Workshop: Redefining Allyship

Wilder 112 @ 4:30pm-6:30pm

This workshop will focus giving participants the tools to map themselves in the anti-racist movement and challenge the concept of allyship.




  • BURN: Queer Community Fitness *
    Every Thursday @4pm - Philips Gym

BURN: Queer Community Fitness is a space for queer people and allies to come together and workout. We will offer weekly open gym times, large-group competitive sporting events, and small-group workout facilitation. Don't worry if your athletic prowess isn't necessarily in tip-top shape—we'll meet you where you're at.

E-mail Lore (lespinoz@oberlin.edu) and/or Julie (jchrist@oberlin.edu) to request more information.

We will be meeting at the Phillips Gym Lobby and we will be holding a rainbow flag! get excited! We will also be working on our running/jogging/walking fast skills and doing some weights so come join us!


Saturday April 27th



  • Queer POC Brunch (funded by the Office of the Dean of Students)

Koppes Norris House @ 11am

Please join us at the Koppes Norris House for the Queer PoC Brunch.

We will be cooking at 9am and eating at 11am. Please RSVP to lespinoz@oberlin.edu if you are interested in participating, and please specify if you can help cook. Also, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.  The address is 285 East College Street (past Slow Train Cafe, past Prospect Elementary School).

We look forward to seeing you there!


WEEK 5 (April 29th - May 5th)


Monday April 29th.



  • Queerfest Queer Beers
    The ‘Sco @ 10pm


Thursday May 2nd



  • Your liberalism (and your marriage and anti-discrimination laws) will not protect you

Room TBA @4:30pm

This panel will discuss the limits of liberal-equality rhetoric and aims in the future of queer politics. We will pay close attention to the legal apparatuses of the U.S.



  • Urvashi Vaid

Irresistible Revolution: Your Activism and the Future of LGBTQ Politics

West Lecture Hall @ 7:30pm


Urvashi Vaid is a community organizer, writer and attorney who has been a leader in the LGBT and social justice movements for nearly three decades.

She is currently Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. She is a founder of the recently-formed LPAC, Lesbian Political Action Committee. Until 2010, she served as Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation and the Arcus Operating Foundation. Vaid has worked in various capacities at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the oldest national LGBT civil rights organization;  first as its media director, then as executive director, and as director of its Policy Institute Think-tank. From 1983-1986, Vaid was staff attorney at the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she initiated the organization’s work on HIV/AIDS in prisons.


Saturday May 4th



  • Queerfest Malabar State Park Hike

Depart: 10am

We will be going down to Malabar State Park to do some hiking, and explore the caves and waterfalls that are alongside of the trails. You do not need to have any hiking experience. Please come enjoy some nature with us! We will finish with a picnic in the woods before heading back to campus. Spaces in the vans are limited so please rsvp to lespinoz@oberlin.edu if you are interested in joining us. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in joining the hike, but would like to drive your own car, please let us know too, we will make sure to get enough food!


Sunday May 5th.



  • Queerfest Cookout and Closing Event

Location: Edmonia Lewis Center @ 1pm

Please join us for the Final Queerfest 2013 event. We will be gathering at the ELC to have a Community Cookout. Come and enjoy some good food, music, and (hopefully) warm beautiful sunshine!