Trans* Visions is a lecture series offered winter 2019 featuring feminist trans folk who are experts in areas such as: artificial intelligence/design engineering, family and immigration law, medical and mental health, space and place, sports, politics, and religion. In this queer/trans-centric course we will explore ideas that take us beyond a matrix of oppression and ontological reduction toward a “culture of flourishing.” A guiding premise of this course is that the excluded become the most radically inclusive and are visionaries of revolutionary change. Registration begins November 13th.
In the last two decades, the world has gone through a paradigmatic shift on how gay rights are conceptualized. More and more countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas now include LGBTQ people in a growing array of civil liberties normally afforded to society at large. This course will address how social movements, the making of new public policy, and the creation of new law has led to the inclusion of an important marginalized social group in the democratic compact. The United States has been a part of this global change, and will be one of the cases we consider, but it has not been the leader. We will assess several countries across many regions of the world with a focus on queer politics. A consideration of the forces of globalization and foreign policy as well as countries that have not yet embraced gay rights, will also be a part of our discussion.