WGSS, Queer Talks speaker series at ISU announced for spring 2023

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The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program (WGSS) at Illinois State University (ISU) has announced the speakers for the Spring 2023 Speaker Series.

The series is collaborating with Queer Talks, a series featuring LGBTQ and queer studies research from emerging scholars in the field. Each talk will be held in the Multicultural Center, Room 150. Light snacks will be provided.

Dr. Juan Ríos Vega
Dr. Juan Ríos Vega

Dr. Juan Ríos Vega, “Testimonios of a Queer and Transnational Mariposa,” March 9, 1 p.m. 

Dr. Juan Ríos Vega is an associate professor at Bradley University in the Department of Education, Counseling and Leadership. Using a transnational mariposa consciousness as part of Joteria studies, Dr. Ríos Vega documents the experiences of self-identified LGBT individuals in Panama. He is also the author of Carlos, The Fairy Boy, a children’s picture book.  

Dr. Ela Przybylo
Dr. Ela Przybylo

Dr. Ela Przybylo,Aces and Aros: We’re Sexy and We Know It,” March 22, 1:30 pm. 

Dr. Ela Przybylo is an assistant professor in the Department of English and core faculty in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Illinois State University. Her talk on asexuality features a student-led Q&A on asexual and aromantic identities, drawing on her past research and ISU course. 

headshot of Armen Álvarez
Armen Álvarez

Armen Álvarez, “Bombazos: A Cross-Examination of Caribbean TransIndigenous and Transcolonial Feminist Intersubjectivities,” April 17, 2 p.m.  

Armen Álvarez is a doctoral student and Jackson Scholar in the College of Education at Illinois State University. Her research focuses on the epistemological foundations of education with an emphasis on coloniality and Puerto Rico. 

The Spring 2023 WGSS Speaker Series is sponsored by Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment; Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program; Department of Educational Administration and Foundations; Queer Coalition; and the Department of English. 

If you require accommodations to attend this event, please email [email protected]