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Mosaic Literary Conference: Queer
November 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
This year, the Mosaic Literary Conference will focus on queer identity. After four years under a presidential administration that was hostile toward trans, queer, and non-binary femme bodies, how do we create an inclusive space to explore race, gender, and sexuality. Our goal is to build a framework that presents this subject to educators and community residents and develop entry points for conversations in the classroom and home.
MLC2021 will use the lives of two seminal thinkers and activists as an entry point to explore queer identity and its exploration through books, culture, and education. This year, June Jordan (July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002) would have been 85 years old. The conference will use the life of the poet, scholar, and activist, as a way to further explore queer identity and how her writing and identity are refracted through her literary production and critical thinking. MLC2021 will also be influenced by the life of Pauli Murray (November 20, 1910 – July 1, 1985). Murray was a civil rights activist who became a lawyer, a women’s rights activist, Episcopal priest, and author. Drawn to the ministry, in 1977, Murray was the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, in the first year that any women were ordained by that church. These two queer women will serve as a touchstone for the development of the conference, lesson plans, and discussion groups; and invite additional explorations of contemporary queer women writers and cultural workers.