Women and Gender Studies helps Bloomington-Normal community see the future.

A rainbow serves as a symbol for the LGBTQ community. The Women and Gender Studies Program will host QUEERtalks to help the Bloomington-Normal community understand the future of LGBTQA/queer studies field. 

The field of LGBTQ studies is an up-and-coming area of study due to increased acceptance in our society.

Illinois State University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program will be hosting its last QUEERtalks at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the LGBT/Queer Studies and Service Institute, in the Professional Development Annex at 205 S. Main St.

At the event, Miranda Joseph, professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, will speak about the new scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of LGBTQ studies and discuss her innovative work.

Subject Librarian for women’s and gender studies Alexis Wolstein said, “We’ve been lucky to have scholars speak on a wide variety of topics including everything from modern art to rural LGBTQ communities to radical political movements.”

Within her innovative work, Joseph teaches feminist, Marxist, poststructuralist, queer theory, cultural studies methods and LGBT studies. In her research, she uses the tools of cultural studies to hypothesize the relationship between economic processes and social formations.

She has written “Against the Romance of Community,” which explores the supplementary relation of community with capitalism in the context of political debates over the LGBTQ culture.

Although many are still hesitant of embracing this culture, learning about the ins and outs and where it is headed is the first step toward acceptance.

The event is free to the public and the WGS program invites all students and the community to join.

“We love seeing students, faculty and the members of the greater Bloomington-Normal area attend,” Wolstein said.

Seeing community support for this culture can make a huge difference in the eyes of those trying to come to terms with their way of life and may even help them to open up to others.

Those in support of this culture and sponsors for this year’s QUEERtalks are Illinois State’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Philosophy, Department of English, Department of Politics and Government, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Pride and The League of Extraordinary Genders (TLEG).

​EMILY GRIFFITH is a Featrures Reporter at The Vidette. She can be reach at vidette_emgrif1@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @emgrif1_PR

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