Lavender University launches LGBTQ programs

Thu. August 15, 2013 7:50 AM

Chicago, IL - Windy City Times and Center on Halsted are launching a 9-month series of LGBTQ educational programs featuring prominent scholars known nationally for their innovative research and work.

Lavender University is modeled on a project of the same name that operated for several years in the 1970s and 1980s, providing a wide range of interesting educational and skills-building programs.

"While some high schools and colleges are doing a better job at including LGBTQ issues in their curriculum, there is still a vast amount of LGBTQ work and history that is not being taught to youth and adults," said Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. "I really liked the Lavender University model and approached the Center on Halsted about partnering on a 9-month series. If it is well received, we hope to expand these programs for 2014, including to other areas of the city and suburbs."

"We are excited to present a diverse set of education programs," said Lynnea Karlic, director of programming for Center on Halsted. "We think this will appeal to teenagers, college students, adults and seniors, with such an incredible lineup of LGBTQ experts from our community."

Following are the speakers and topics in the first 9-month series. All of the programs are the first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., except for the November program, which is a Sunday. The bottom of this press release gives more details on each program.

The lectures are at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Each lecture is $25; there are discounts available for multiple lectures, and a limited number of scholarships will also be available. Scholarships are also offered for both individual lectures and the whole series. Please submit the Lavender University Scholarship Application to

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Sat., Sept. 7, 2013, 11am-1pm: John D'Emilio 

No Race-Baiting, Red-Baiting, or Queer-Baiting: The Marine Cooks and Stewards Union from Depression to Cold War

Sat. Oct 12, 2013, 11am-1pm: E. Patrick Johnson

Gathering Honey: Oral Histories of Black Southern Women Who Love Women

Sun. Nov. 3, 2013, 1pm-3pm, Golda Goldbloom

Working For Queer Acceptance: Finding Love Amongst the Religious Right

Sat., Dec. 7, 2013, 11am-1pm Owen Daniel-McCarter

Constitutional Law as it Applies to Transgender Prisoners

Sat., Jan. 4, 2014, 11am-1pm Hyacinth Piel 

Ethical Problems in Gender Identity Construction

Sat., Feb. 1, 2014, 11am-1pm: Beth Richie

Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison Nation

Sat., March 1, 2014, 11am-1pm Lourdes Torres

Making Familia from Scratch: Towards a History of Latina Lesbian Organizing in Chicago

Sat., April 5, 2014, 11am-1pm  Anne Balay

Steel Closets: Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers

Sat., May 3, 2014 11am-1pm Timothy Stewart-Winter

From Civil Rights to Gay Rights in Chicago

From a news release