What Do Dave Chappelle & CRT Debates have to do with Coalitional Trans Justice?

Dr. Milo Obourn, Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies and Professor of English, will deliver the Annual Rainbow Lecture at the University of Rochester on Monday, April 21 from 2-3 pm.

Rainbow Lecture 2022 with Milo Obourn

“Beyond Trans Rights: What do Dave Chappelle and CRT Debates have to do with Coalitional Trans Justice?”

You can see this free event in-person at the Hawkins-Carlson room of the Rush Rhees Library at University of Rochester (755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626). Guests have the option of participating remotely. If you would like to participate online, you may register for the webinar here.

This talk reads current debates around transgender rights, the reemergence of a visible politics of censorship in the US, and the backlash to Dave Chappelle’s transphobic humor in “The Closer” to suggest that we expand the logic of equity and freedom for transgender people beyond that of inclusion and toward a deeper critique of the ways in which cisgenderism has underpinned various forms of racism, colonialism, ableism, and homophobia. In doing so, we are more likely to develop tools for undermining broad systems of oppression in ways that lead to structural, intersectional change, without assuming equivalency between the struggles of trans individuals and groups from different national, cultural, racial, ethnic, gendered, and embodied locations.

Milo Obourn is Professor of English and Women & Gender Studies and Chair of Women & Gender Studies at SUNY Brockport where they teach courses in gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, critical race studies, and U.S. literature and culture. Milo is the author of Reconstituting Americans: Liberal Multiculturalism and Identity Difference in Post-1960s US Literature (2011; Palgrave) and Disabled Futures: A Framework for Radical Inclusion (2020; Temple University Press).

This talk is sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

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Milo Obourn: mobourn@brockport.edu

Posted: March 15, 2022