Schedule and Guest Speakers

2016 J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium

Social Justice for LGBTQ* Identities in the Borderlands

Final Schedule

Saturday, March 19 – Location: Good Samaritan Auditorium, 3011 Buenavida Circle

7:00 p.m.:   Film: Two Spirits

                   Introduction of film by Michael Ray, Student Program Coordinator, American Indian Program, NMSU

                   Guest Speaker: Renae Gray of the Diné-Navajo Nation

Tuesday, March 22 - Location: ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave

5:30 p.m.:    Opening Reception

6:15 p.m.     Welcome & Introductions: Dr. Beth Pollack, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

6:45 p.m.     Social Justice Award

                    Dr. Neil Harvey, Department Head, Government Department      

7:00 p.m.     Keynote Speakers:

                    Jennicet Gutiérrez, LGBTQ* Advocate: “Liberation, Not Deportation” 

                    Verónica Reyes, Poet: “Jota Chronicles: East LA, Fronteras y Poetry”

                    Introduction by: Carrie Hamblen, President of PFLAG, Las Cruces

Wednesday, March 23 - Location: ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave

8:00 a.m.     Welcome & Introductions

                     Mary Benanti, College Associate Professor, Women’s Studies Program

8:30 a.m.     “Jotería Undocumented”

                     Gabriela Hernandez, Artist, Albuquerque, NM

9:00 a.m.     Plenary Session 1: “Queer Brown Voices: The Hidden stories of Latina/o Activists”

                    Dr. Uriel Quesada, Loyola University

                    Letitia Gomez, Executive Director of LLEGÓ

                    Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, American University

                    Introduction by: Dr. Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, Visiting Professor, Department of Government

10:15 a.m.   Break and Book Signing

 10:30 a.m.  Plenary Session 2:  “The Afterlives of Gwen Araujo and Angie Zapata: Locating Trans and                                 Chicana Histories”

                    Dr. Francisco Galarte, University of Arizona

                    Introductions by: Dr. Laura Gutiérrez-Spencer, Director, Chicano Programs

11:30 a.m.   Introduction of J. Paul Taylor

                    Introduction by Audrey Hardman-Hartley, Executive Director, Jardin de los Niños

12:00 p.m.   LUNCH

1:30 p.m.    Plenary Session 3: "The State of LGBTQ Activism in the Borderlands"

                   Lizeth Martinez Torres, Human Rights Attorney, Derechos Humanos Integrales en Acción (DHIA)

                   Vicki Gaubeca, Director, ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights

                   Myra Llerenas, Southern New Mexico Field Coordinator, Equality New Mexico

                   Nancy Oretskin J.D., Co-Director, Southwest Asylum and Migration Institute

                   Introductions by: Dr. Iñigo García-Bryce, Director, Center for Latin American and Border Studies

 3:00 p.m.   Plenary Session 4: "Birthright Borders:  A Queer Atlas of Race, Sexuality, and Citizenship Law"

                   Dr. Siobhan Somerville, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

                   Introduction by: Dr. Laura Anh Williams, Director, Women’s Studies Program

4:00 p.m.    Break  

4:15 p.m.    Plenary Session 5: "AIDS Knows No Borders" 

                   Dr. Karma Chávez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

                   Introduction by: Zooey Sophia Pook, Coordinator, LGBT+ Programs, NMSU

5:15 p.m.    Adjournment of Symposium



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