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The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago was established in 1996, after a decade of faculty and student self-organization. It now consolidates work on gender and sexuality, and in feminist, gay and lesbian, and queer studies.

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2016 marks our 20th Anniversary!

The Center is planning a number of events to celebrate and assess the past 20 years of scholarship at UChicago and in the study of gender and sexuality. We welcome UChicago students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other community members to participate.

On Thursday-Friday, May 19-20, a 20th Anniversary Symposium will look at the history, impact and future of the Center. A Thursday evening panel will open the symposium looking at the organization and founding of the Center. Friday Panels include a Transformative Texts panel of UChicago faculty about work they generated while at UChicago, program alumni will discuss how gender and sexuality studies impacted their education and how it has informed what they are doing now, and a final panel will expand the discussion on intersectionality and future directions for work in gender and sexuality. Faculty participants will include: Leora Auslander, Lauren Berlant, John Boyer, Jane Dailey, Michael Dawson, Norma Field, Susan Gal, Rochona Majumdar, Debbie Nelson, Kristen Schilt, Geoffrey Stone and Linda Zerilli. Special guests will include George Chauncey, UChicago Professor of History, 1991-2006 (now at Yale) and co-founder of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project (now LGBTQ Studies) of the CSGS.

A committee of nine former and current graduate students have organized a Reunion of Graduate Fellows of the CSGS at the Center on Friday, June 3 from 12-5pm. The afternoon will include a networking lunch for current and former graduate students, a roundtable on new directions in research and activism, and a panel reflecting on the Center’s history and the impact of interdisciplinary research, teaching and public debate at the University. Current graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the discussions. Questions about the reunion? Please email Gina Olson at golson@uchicago.edu.

And please join us over Alumni Weekend on Saturday, June 4 from 6-8 pm, for a Cocktail Celebration for CSGS @ 20 Students, staff and faculty, college alumni, and former graduate fellows will gather to celebrate 20 years with food, drinks and music.

Updates to anniversary plans, including schedule details, will be made available on our calendar and 20th anniversary information page.

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Visit the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture in our renovated space. See our calendar for upcoming events, or just stop by. All are welcome!

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