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Carrie Moyer, 5:30pm, March 1, 2011, Taylor 203
New York-based artist Carrie Moyer will give a lecture on her work. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Moyer has exhibited at galleries and museums including PS1/MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and Bard College’s Hessel Museum. Referencing the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970s, her abstract paintings provide a critical reassessment of recent female iconography. Moyer is also known for her public art project, “Dyke Action Machine!” (DAM!), a ‘culture-jamming’ project between the years of 1991 and 2004 that involved, among other things, papering the streets of New York City with subverted commercial images that worked to raise questions about how lesbians are and are not depicted in popular culture.Read a Village Voice article about her work.

Dustin Lance Black, 7:30pm, March 2, 2011, Students’ Building 2nd Floor MPR
Dustin Lance Black, an award-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ activist, will give a guest lecture hosted by ViCE. Black wrote the screenplay for the 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk, for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He has also worked as a writer on every season of the HBO show Big Love, becoming a co-producer in its 3rd season. Much of his work intersects with his activist interests; he narrated a documentary about California’s Proposition 8 and delivered a speech in front of the Congress Building in Washington, DC during 2009’s National Equality March. Read his cover story inThe Advocate.

Winifred Tate, 5:30pm, March 22, 2011, Rockefeller 200

Winifred Tate, an assistant professor of Anthropology at Colby College in Maine, will give a lecture sponsored by the Latin American and Latina/o Studies program. Her research interests include political culture, transnational activism, and military culture and institutional history. Her ethnographic research has focused on human rights activism in Columbia, the UN, and the US. Tate is the author of the book Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia, which examines how the idea of human rights is employed by activists and human rights professionals. She will speak about Plan Colombia (and more), a Colombian aid initiative and U.S. legislation intended to curb the country’s cocaine industry, drug smuggling, and left-wing guerilla insurgencies. Read the first chapter of Tate’s book.

Oliver Wang, 6:30pm, March 28, 2011, Sanders 212
As part of the Urban Studies Department’s Musical Urbanism series, Oliver Wang (pictured) will give a lecture titled, “Spin Doctors: Filipino American Mobile Disc Jockey Crews.” Wang, who holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, writes about pop music, culture and politics for a number of publications and outlets, including NPR, the Los Angeles TimesVillage Voice, and Vibe Magazine. He has been a DJ since 1993, working at KALX FM in Berkeley for 10 years, and continuing to DJ in bars and clubs. Read (and listen to) Wang’s audioblog, Soul Sides.

– CB

March 2011

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