OutCT celebrates National Coming Out Day
New date! Wed. January 25, 2017!
Please join OutCT and Otis Library as part of the Smithsonian Exploring Human Origins Exhibit. Professors from University of Connecticut and Mitchell College discuss the evolution of our understanding of Human Sexuality.
* Margaret Breen, PhD, Professor of English and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of Connecticut
* Tara Broccoli, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Mitchell College
* Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, Christian Education and Youth Minister at Niantic Community Church and at dissertation stage of Doctor of Ministry in Sexuality and Religion, Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA)
Otis Library, 261, Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360
Free. All Ages.
Discussions followed by Q&A with audience moderated by Kia Baird:
1) “Media Impacts on Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors”
Given the roles of culture and learning in shaping the sexual behavior of higher species, the enormous variation in human sexual behavior across both time and space is not surprising. While religion and science historically contributed to an understanding of human sexuality, in contemporary society, media through cultivation, agenda setting, and social learning impact sexual attitudes and behaviors. The evolution of human sexuality will be contemplated while considering modern media influences (television, film, literature, music, the Internet) across the spectrum of human sexuality.
Tara Broccoli is Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Mitchell College
2) “Queer Fiction 1890-1960 and Some Social Issues They Engendered”
This talk considers three different issues: a. linkages of various prejudices (homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, racism, anti-Catholicism and antisemitism) in late 19th-c fiction (eg, _Dracula_) b. writing lesbianism and early 20th-c obscenity trials: the case of _The Well of Loneliness_; and c. reading between the lines: narrative strategies in publishing mid-century gay and lesbian fiction: Highsmith’s _The Price of Salt_ (1952) (aka _Carol_) and Baldwin’s _Giovanni’s Room_ (1956).
Margaret Sönser Breen is a Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut
3) “Gender, Sexuality & the Bible”
It is important to lay down some ground rules in reading the library called The Bible. The Bible does not speak with one voice about what God wants from certain populations. Rather, the Bible is a collection of heavily-edited and re-translated histories, oracles, encyclicals, and poetry. There’s no way that any “Biblical theology” can construct a unified and coherent argument for, say, God’s will, than by knowingly distorting, twisting, and obscuring certain passages’ meanings.
Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, Christian Education and Youth Minister at Niantic Community Church and at dissertation stage of Doctor of Ministry in Sexuality and Religion, Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA)