California Institute of Integral Studies
March 3-6, 2011
Registration is now open
Registerhttp://expandingthecircle.com/registrationby November 15th to take advantage of our early registration rate.
Featured Plenary Session
"Beyond the Binary: The Lives of Transgender People" with Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin
Based on interviews with 400 self-identified transgender people from throughout the United States, this plenary session will compare the experiences of individuals from different transgender groups. It will offer a series of "touchstones," or significant life moments, in the gender identity development processes of the participants who identify as transsexual women, transsexual men, female-presenting crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals. The research is from Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin's forthcoming book, "The Lives of Transgender People" (Columbia University Press).
Genny Beemyn has written or edited six books/journal issues, including a special issue of the Journal of LGBT Youth on "Trans Youth" and ze has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of transgender people, particularly the lives of gender nonconforming students.
Genny has a PhD in African American Studies and master's degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.
Susan Rankin has presented and published widely on the impact of sexism, racism, and heterosexism in the academy and in intercollegiate athletics. Susan's current research focuses on the assessment of institutional climate and provides program planners and policy makers with recommended strategies to improve the campus climate for under-served communities.
Susan is the recipient of the ACPA 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion, an award that recognizes individuals who embody the student affairs values of social justice.
About Expanding the Circle Conference 2011
In this conference for higher education professionals, we will address factors that have contributed to excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues from academic study and student life; and also explore ways to make our campuses more inclusive for all students. We will examine strategies and best practices that effectively integrate LGBTQ areas of teaching and research with student life activities. Building on the success of last year's groundbreaking conference, Expanding the Circle 2011 will be among the first national conferences in higher education focusing on LGBTQ issues by seeking connections across academic and student affairs, across kinds of diversities, across disciplines, and across LGBTQ subfields.
Additional Plenary Speakers
"When the Rainbow Ain't Enough: Creating Healthy Queer Spaces for Low-Income Students and/or Students of Color"
Kenyon Farrow, Executive Director, Queers for Economic Justice
"God Is Gay and Other Queer Anomalies"
Judy Grahn, Recipient, 2009 Lambda Literary Award; California Institute of Integral Studies
"In Dreams Begins Responsibility: (En)Visioning LGBTQ Work in a Catholic and Jesuit World"
Sivagami Subbaraman, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University
"Coming Out as an LGBTQ Ally in the Context of Islam and Muslims"
Amina Wadud, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University; Visiting Scholar, Graduate Theological Union