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Fleur Pierets_Love Around the World

  In 2017, European artist duo Fleur Pierets and her wife, Julian Boom, came up with the idea for a performance art project in which they would get married in every country that had legalized same-sex marriage (22 when they started the project, now 28) After four countries, Julian was diagnosed with brain cancer and [...]

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Events

December 10, 2019

Feminism and Psychoanalysis

 

The Bureau is excited to partner again with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you:
 
Feminism and Psychoanalysis
 
Instructor: Paige Sweet
 
 
Sigmund Freud famously described femininity as a “riddle” and “dark continent.” Yet, the psychoanalytic theories Freud generated, particularly his conception of how the unconscious influences the development of the self, has proved crucial to many feminist accounts of gender and sexuality. Paradoxically, it’s precisely because Freud did not know what a woman is that he felt compelled to discover how she becomes one. In other words, feminists have found in Freud a vocabulary for conceptualizing and articulating ways in which gender and sexuality are not natural—that is, not based on any pre-existing biological, anatomical, or psychic material.
 
In this course we will explore the intersection of feminism and psychoanalysis in order to understand the network of relations between sexuality and the unconscious, gender and the body, “feminine” experience and feminist politics, unconscious dynamic and social structures. Reading works by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous, and others, we will ask: How does psychoanalysis theorize sexual difference in a way useful for feminist politics? Do theories of hysteria have any viability for feminist politics? Is there political potential in writing or thinking from the (“female”) body? If there is a “masculine” logic that has repressed a “feminine voice,” how might we go about hearing differently in order to listen to that voice? How might the poetic or experimental text be recruited for a psychoanalytically inflected feminism? What are the limitations of these theories of gender and sexuality; that is, what experiences might they occlude?

 

Course Schedule
 
Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm
November 12 — December 10, 2019
4 sessions over 5 weeks
Class will not meet Tuesday, November 26th.

 
$315.00*
 
Registration is required. Please click here.

 

*Three scholarship spaces are reserved in each course because we realize that not everyone can afford to pay the full fee for our courses. Students who cannot pay the full fee should email us at info@thebrooklyninstitute.com to learn about our scholarship options. We will not ask questions about your financial situation but we do ask that you use the system in good faith and consider the needs of other students and faculty members.

 

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The LGBT Community Center in Manhattan.

 

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is an organization of young scholars in New York City, founded in November 2011 by a few then-graduate students at Columbia University with a shared interest in pedagogy and genuinely interdisciplinary conversation. We teach classes all over the city, record a regular podcast, run a digital humanities initiative to preserve rare and out-of-print academic texts, and in general work frantically at any given time on a broad range of other academic and para-academic projects. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.

 

Image:

Louise Bourgeois
Le Lit Gros Édredon (with lips)
1997
Version 3 of 3, state XI of XI
Etching, aquatint, drypoint, engraving, and roulette
Plate: 50 x 67.8 cm; sheet: 63.6 x 80 cm

 

 

 

Start: December 10, 2019 6:30 PM
End: December 10, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $315 for four-week course (see description)

December 8, 2019

Office Hours Presents: Craft Class & Reading with Jericho Brown

 

Office Hours Presents: a FREE craft class and reading with author Jericho Brown.

Featured readers include: Catherine Chen, Bernard Ferguson, and Jameson Fitzpatrick!

The craft class takes place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A public reading will follow from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Spaces for the craft class are limited to 17 persons so please RSVP in advance to sarahmariesala@gmail.com and include your full name, relationship to writing, and a brief bio.

 

Office Hours Poetry Workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. The workshop culminates in a public reading each fall and spring to showcase sizzling new work. We welcome all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are woman-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.

 

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Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

 

 

Catherine Chen is a poet, performer, and author of the chapbook Manifesto, or: Hysteria (Big Lucks). Their writing has appeared in Slate, The Rumpus, Apogee, Anomaly, and Nat. Brut, among others. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Lambda Literary, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, they’re currently working on a libretto.

 

 

Bernard Ferguson (he/him) is a Bahamian poet, essayist, and MFA candidate at NYU. He’s the winner of the 2019 Hurston/Wright College Writers Award and a winner of the 2019 92Y Discovery Contest. He has work published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Southampton Review, Winter Tangerine, and the Best New Poets 2017 anthology, among others. He wants you to riot about the climate crisis. He hopes you tell him about your wonder.

 

Jameson Fitzpatrick is the author of Pricks in the Tapestry (Birds, LLC, 2020). His chapbooks are Mr. & (Indolent Books, 2018) and Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications, 2014). He teaches at New York University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: December 8, 2019 11:00 AM
End: December 8, 2019 2:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

December 6, 2019

Two Jewish Dykes Read Poetry and Prose

 

The writing of both Amy Hoffman and Robin Becker is motivated and influenced by their queer, Jewish identities. Colleagues and friends for decades, they will talk about their writing and influences and read from recent work.

 

Copies of Hoffman‘s The Off Season and Becker‘s The Black Bear Inside Me will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy/copies please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

In addition to her novel, The Off Season, Amy Hoffman is the author of the memoirs Lies About My Family; An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News; and Hospital Time. She was editor in chief of Women’s Review of Books for fourteen years and currently teaches creative writing at Emerson College and in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program.

 

Robin Becker is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently, The Black Bear Inside Me. She recently retired as Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State. The Penn State Laureate in 2010-2011, Becker is the recipient of many awards, including a Bunting Fellowship, Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation grant, and a Lambda Literary Award.

 

 

Start: December 6, 2019 7:00 PM
End: December 6, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 5, 2019

All That Heaven Allows: A Tribute to Rock Hudson

 
Join us as we pay tribute to one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars – screen legend Rock Hudson. Mark Griffin, author of All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson and Steve Hayes, host of “Tired Old Queen at The Movies” will examine the life and career of the Oscar-nominated leading man. Following a reading by the author, Griffin and Hayes will discuss Hudson’s nearly forty year career, which encompassed film (“Giant,” “Pillow Talk”), television (“McMillan & Wife,” “Dynasty”) and theatre (“Camelot,” “On The Twentieth Century”). In the spirit of the season, we’ll be raffling off some fabulous Rock-related prizes. Copies of All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson will be available for signing. The Bureau is ready to Rock!
 
 
Copies of the paperback of All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson ($17.99, released 12/3/19) will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!
 
 
 
Mark Griffin is the author of “All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson” (HarperCollins) and “A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli” (Da Capo Press).
 
 
 
Film historian Steve Hayes hosts the long running YouTube series “Tired Old Queen at The Movies.” As an actor, Steve has appeared in scores of theatre productions and he had a memorable role in the film “Trick,” the classic boy-meets-boy comedy, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
 
 
 
 
 

Start: December 5, 2019 7:00 PM
End: December 5, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 4, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: The Wedding Banquet

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
 

On December 4th please join us for a viewing of The Wedding Banquet (1993), directed by Ang Lee.
 

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
 

Synopsis: Although Wei-Tung has been happily living with his boyfriend Simon for many years, he has not come out to his traditional Taiwanese parents, who are anxious for him to marry a woman. Simon suggests a marriage of convenience with a woman who needs a green card. Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes, in English and Mandarin.

 

 

 

Start: December 4, 2019 6:30 PM
End: December 4, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.