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Submit to "The Bottom Monologues"

Greetings,

I'm currently working on a screenplay about gay, bisexual, queer, and
transgender men's experiences as bottoms. I was hoping you could
circulate the press release among
interested students with information about the project and how to
submit. That would be wonderful! Thanks!

Trevor Hoppe
Co-Organizer
"The Bottom Monologues"

WHO: All gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender men
WHAT: A screenplay about bottoms is being developed and needs men's
narratives
WHEN: Deadline is March 31, 2008
WHERE: Submit your stories online at bottommonologues.wordpress.com

PRESS RELEASE

Bottom Monologues Organizers Seek Men's Narratives
Play will reflect diversity of gay, bi, trans, and queer men's lived
experiences as bottoms

December 8, 2008: The organizers of The Bottom Monologues invite
gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men to log-on to http://
bottommonologues.wordpress.com, where they can submit their stories
to be used in the production of a groundbreaking play about – you
guessed it -- bottoms. In the spirit of Eve Ensler's The Vagina
Monologues, The Bottom Monologues will feature provocative and
challenging stories from GBTQ men about sex, desire, identity, and
the politics of men proudly proclaiming their desire to get fucked.

To bring the play to life, The Bottom Monologues is asking GBQT men
from around the world to log-on to and submit their thoughts through
an anonymous online questionnaire. "We're hoping to get stories from
men who identity as top, bottom, versatile – or not at all. Any queer
man who has something to say about bottoms is welcome and wanted,"
says one of the project's organizers, Trevor Hoppe. Questions range
from the basic ("So… what's a bottom?") to the more complex ("Are
tops, bottoms, and versatile guys all that different?"). Guys who log-
on can choose to respond to the questions as-is, or step outside the
box and develop their own prompts.

The Bottom Monologues began at the recent 2008 Gay Men's Health
Summit in Seattle, where the project's three organizers – Alex
Garner, Trevor Hoppe, and Erik Libey – met for the first time. In
Seattle, Garner organized a reading of the late Eric Rofes'
screenplay, Test / Positive / Now, a beautiful collection of stories
from gay men who have recently tested HIV-positive. The next day,
Hoppe presented his research findings on bottom identity in a session
title, "What Makes a Bottom?" During the Q&A, Garner commented that
bringing the narratives described in Hoppe's research to the stage
would be a much needed public proclamation of bottom desire – a topic
typically seen as taboo even for many GBTQ men. With some
encouragement from Libey after the summit wrapped, the project was born.

Once the stories are collected, the organizers will sift through the
submissions to look for common themes, major differences, and
particularly exciting stories. "We're basically going to take a few
hundred submissions and distill them into a handful of composite
characters," Hoppe says. "In this way, guys who log on and submit
their story will have a direct hand in the stories well tell on
stage." The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2009. Those
interested can log on to the project website at http://
bottommonologues.wordpress.com for more information about the project
and to submit their story.

Organizer bios can be found at:
http://bottommonologues.wordpress.com/about-the-organizers/

Monday, December 8th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
in the Feminist Media Center (FMC), 468 Ford Hall
Facilitator: Rachel Raimist - raim0007@umn.edu

Workshop Description:

In this GWSS Tech Talk / Feminist Media Center (FMC) workshop, I will share some theories and practices of feminist teaching, learning, research, and creativity using technology. I will use examples from GWSS courses: Gender, Power and Everyday Life: An Intro to GWSS, Feminist Thought and Theory, Feminist Film Studies, Digital Storytelling In and With Communities of Color, to show how technology can help support and deepen feminist pedagogical practices.

In this session, I will:

+ Demonstrate multiple uses of course blogs // Blogs can be used to create community, continue/deepen course discussions, post creative work (images, sound, video), extend reading responses, track news items, post event info, and easily share content to all members of the classroom community for large and small course enrollments [ see my personal blog on how and why i use blogs for teaching and learning ]

+ Briefly demonstrate key uses of WebVista (formerly WebCT) // WebVista is a course website that can be used as a reading repository for enrolled students, place of accessible web links, announcements, computer-graded quiz tools, message boards, chat rooms, calendar tool, gradebook, and other helpful features. I will forward you the UMN DMC for extended training on WebVista (their workshops are free, many are available online, and they are great!)

+ Illustrate UMN supported multimedia tools // Moodle, Breeze, Wikis, Jabber, and other digital media tools offered through MyU Portal

+ Share UMN tech resources // free and low cost classes, free online tutorials, and new state of the art classrooms available for course use

+ Get you posting to the GWSS community blog - GWSS Tech Talk: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/gwss/blog/
You can advertise courses, events, share calls for papers, funding opportunities, and other information of interest to our community [ and everyone will learn how to post to this blog during this session]

!!! Seating is limited. RSVP is encouraged! Please RSVP to raim0007@umn.edu if you are planning to attend this session.

Best,
Rachel

Job Opening: Macalester WGSS

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Macalester College
is hiring a full-time, tenure-track advanced Assistant Professor or
Associate Professor in the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender/Queer Studies. Strong preference will be given to a candidate
with interdisciplinary work based in the social sciences. The successful
candidate will be a recognized scholar who has teaching and research
expertise in studies of gender/sexuality as these are contextualized in more
than one of the following ethnic American contexts (Native-American Indian,
Latino/Latina, Chicano/Chicana, African-American, Asian-American, and
Anglo/European-American). In addition to this U.S.-based cross-cultural
expertise, an ability to create comparative studies (U.S. with other
national feminisms and sexualities) is desirable. The candidate will be
expected to teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a distinct basis in the history
of feminist/queer theories. More information about the department is
available on our website (www.macalester.edu/wgs).

Screening of applications will begin on *October 15, 2008*, and may be sent
to the Chair of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department,
Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105. To apply, please
send a letter of application, a statement of teaching and research interests
and philosophy in relation to a liberal arts college*,* CV, three letters of
recommendation, reprints/pre-prints, and teaching evaluations (if
available).

New Position in Women's and Gender Studies

Lafayette College seeks an Associate Professor or
Professor with significant teaching, research,
and administrative experience in Women's and
Gender Studies, to teach in and direct an
expanding WGS program. We are particularly
interested in those with scholarly expertise and
accomplishment in one or more of the following:

· global gender studies or transnational feminisms
· gender and science
· gender and media studies
· the intersections of race, class, and gender/sexual orientation

The person hired must be willing to take a
leadership role in designing and implementing a
major in Women's and Gender Studies (we currently
have a minor). Teaching responsibilities,
primarily in WGS, are expected to include one
course per year in another program or department
corresponding to the candidate's background and
interests. The position will be available
starting fall semester 2009.

Located about 70 miles from New York City and 60
miles from Philadelphia, Lafayette is a private
undergraduate college with an enrollment of 2400.
Lafayette is an equal opportunity employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Send letter and c.v. to Professor Deborah Byrd,
Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, Pardee
Hall, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042.

WGS Macalester LGBTQ job

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Macalester College is hiring a full-time faculty member in the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Queer Studies for the academic year 2008-2009. Courses begin August 27, 2008.

Strong preference will be given to a candidate with interdisciplinary work based in the social sciences. The successful candidate will have teaching and research expertise in studies of gender/sexuality as these are contextualized in more than one of the following ethnic American contexts (Native-American Indian, Latino/Latina, Chicano/Chicana, African-American, Asian-American, and Anglo/European-American). In addition to this U.S.-based cross-cultural expertise, an ability to create comparative studies (U.S. with other national feminisms and sexualities) is desirable. The candidate will be expected to teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses with a distinct basis in the history of feminist/queer theories. Three courses need to be staffed as set: Trans/InterSex (introductory level), Feminist/Queer Theories/Methodologies (intermediate) and Global AIDS (advanced). The selected candidate will have the opportunity to create two other courses, based on their expertise. More information about the department is available on our website (www.macalester.edu/wgs).

The Applied Research Center would like to invite you and organization to apply to the Applied Research Center's Racial Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI) on July 10-11, 2008 in Oakland, California.

The RJLI is a seminar for social justice activists who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity. The Institute participants include social change and labor organizers, activists, and advocates, committed to racial justice. It engages people in critical analysis of current race issues and opportunities to promote equitable public policies. Unlike "diversity trainings" that focus on interpersonal relations and cultural understanding, the Institute emphasizes institutional inequality- how it disadvantages, disenfranchises and divides many communities and how this inequality can be effectively challenged and changed. Institute topics include racial awareness and analysis, policy development, and applying a racial justice lens to shape the media.

Opportunity: social justice teaching

HECUA seeks a part-time creative, innovative, detail-oriented *Teaching Assistant* in the *Metro Urban Studies Term (MUST)* in Minneapolis/St.
Paul. The Teaching Assistant will coordinate program logistics, attend most seminars, lead selected class sessions, recruit students at member
campuses, serve as the administrative assistant to the Program Director, and share in fostering a learning environment that is holistic,
interdisciplinary and academically rigorous. The ideal candidate will use this opportunity to gain valuable experience in higher education
teaching and program administration within an organization dedicated to experiential and community-based learning. The position reports to the
MUST Program Director.
*
About the Metro Urban Studies Term:
*The Metro Urban Studies Term is a semester-long study opportunity for college students that takes an interdisciplinary approach to probing
issues of poverty, inequality and social change. The combination of seminars, group field experiences and individual internship placements
allows students to meaningfully integrate theory and practice. Students meet two full days a week for Reading, Field and Internship Seminars.
Three days a week, each student also participates in a social change internship appropriately related to program themes. Highly motivated
students from many colleges join the Metro Urban Studies Term each semester for a rich, holistic experience that actively engages them in
exploring issues of poverty, inequality and social change and equips them with skills for political engagement. The Metro Urban Studies Term
was founded in 1971 and is offered both fall and spring semesters.
*
Terms:
*This is a year-round part-time position, constituting 27 hours per week. Position is annually renewable based on performance. Competitive
benefits include health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Compensation
based on experience and education; $1,404 - $1,665 per month (total salary of $16,850 - $19,985 for the 27 hours/week, 12-month position).
*
Applications must be received on or before June 19th 2008.* Please view full posting at* *_http://www.hecua.org/jobs.php_
<_http://www.hecua.org/jobs.php_> for more information, including qualifications and application information.

Emily Jane Seru
Manager of Internships & Community Partnerships
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 210
St. Paul, MN 55114

Direct: 651/287-3313
Main: 651/646-8831
Fax: 651/659-9421
http://www.hecua.org

Young Writers!

calling all youth ...
Young Writers!
Network :: Socialize :: Write :: Perform :: Workshop
Don't Miss the Summer Kickoff—This Wednesday!

Young Writers Summer Kickoff
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
6-8PM at Intermedia Art
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Ages 19 and under
$2 suggested donation for pizza!
This monthly gathering is the spot for creative young voices! A place for young writers (ages 19 and under) to meet other youth writers, workshop their writing, work with local artists, participate in public literary readings and have fun! Grab your notebook and head over to Intermedia Arts this Wednesday to find out what Young Writers! is all about.

You won’t want to miss this.

For details, call or email: (612) 871-4444 or info@intermediaarts.org

From 2008 to 2010 the SEPHIS programme will run a research project on "Sexualities and Modernities" sponsored by the FORD Foundation. The objective of this programme is to allow researchers to gain a deeper historical and comparative understanding of the complex interplay between cultural contexts and the politics of sex- and gender-based claims of identity. Dissemination to advocacy groups and into the public sphere is an essential part of this endeavor.

SEPHIS is making one fellowship available to candidates at the post-doctoral, PhD and MA level to research any area to do with the history of sexualities in North Africa, the Middle East and Central
Asia. Funding of up to $15 000 is available to the successful applicant who will have 18 months (until December 2009) to complete a substantial written research report as well as an academic article of around 10 000 words. The latter will be published as part of a collection of articles. In addition, the applicant will be expected to contribute to public activities outside the academic sphere. Contributions should be received by December 2009. The successful candidate will also be required to attend a week-long training workshop in September 2008, to be held at a venue in the South.

In this Labor Education Service class taught by Deborah Rosenstein, LES staff, and Ricardo Levins-Morales, artist, learn how to use the rich cultural heritage of working people to strengthen organizing, community and political campaigns. This class will cover many aspects of creative organizing, but will have a special focus on visual arts, including cartoons and humor to break down fear and communicate your message.

This non-credit class is one session, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Humphrey Center on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Cost is $50. To register, call 612-624-5020.

Links

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