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The Vagina Bible Talk and Book Signing

Vagina Bible 500 copy

  The Bureau is excited to host an evening of conversation bringing together Dr. Jen Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible (Kensington, 2019), and Amber Gavin of Abortion Access Front. Dr. Gunter is a “fact evangelist in the fake-news era” (The Cut) and with Ms. Gavin they will discuss language, propaganda, and misinformation in medicine. Copies [...]

Wed. Aug 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

August 6, 2019

NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club Discusses In Search of Stonewall: Bureau Opens at 6 PM

 

NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club is a group of gay guys of all ages who meet the first Tuesday of every month. We usually meet at the Jefferson Market branch of the public library on 6th Avenue & West 10th Street, but we’ll meet at the Bureau while the library is being renovated. We read an eclectic range of books from classics to newly-released works. We don’t necessarily read books with a gay theme or characters and always open to suggestions. Very easy going; more social than academic. You don’t necessarily have to commit to coming every single month, just whenever your schedule or reading tastes permit.

 

On Tuesday, August 6, the NYC Gay Guys’ Book Club will discuss In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50 The Gay & Lesbian Review at 25, Best Essays, 1994-2018

“The year was 1994. It was the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, as luck would have it, the year in which a new magazine called The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review was publishing its first issue (Winter ’94).* The fact that The G&LR’s first year coincided with Stonewall’s 25th forever joined its fate with that of the founding event of the modern LGBT movement. This book commemorates the magazine’s 25th birthday with a collection of relevant articles selected from its 136 issues.”

-Richard Schneider Jr., Editor

 

Copies of In Search of Stonewall are available for purchase at the Bureau. Please support the Bureau by purchasing books from us. Thank you!

Please note that the Bureau is closed on Tuesdays in July and August, but we will open for this event at 6 pm.

The Bureau’s hours in July and August: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1 to 7 PM.

 

This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau are much appreciated!

 

 

 

Start: August 6, 2019 7:00 PM
End: August 6, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: This event is free, but donations to support the Bureau are much appreciated!

Bureau closed Tuesdays in July & August

 

Bureau Summer Hours (July & August): Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7 PM

Closed Sundays, Mondays, & Tuesdays
 

 

Date: August 6, 2019

August 4, 2019

Bureau closed Sundays in July & August

 
Bureau Summer Hours (July & August): Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7 PM

Closed Sundays, Mondays, & Tuesdays
 

 

Date: August 4, 2019

July 31, 2019

Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

 

The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you:

Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Instructor: Sophie Lewis

The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political consequences, theoretical limits, and some kind of relation to a ‘beyond’ of gender. While former sports celebrity Caitlyn Jenner has come to stand for the notion that ‘transgender’ is now a “respectable” identity, Olympic gold-star medalist Caster Semenya, despite not being transgender, is now caught up in a fraught and ugly fracas over the question of “what is a woman?” Some debates within both feminist and queer thought ask: How stable is the LGBTQ acronym as a concept? While some strains of feminism seek to exclude trans lives from a definition of womanhood on the grounds of “gender realism,” others explicitly reject any kind of gender naturalization. Similarly, some openly apolitical or conservative ‘queer’ and gay rights discourses question whether trans lives fit within a program of assimilation and advancement, while others claim that a structural transsexuality lies at the center of a politically-charged “gay communism” that unites queer theory with a critique of capitalism. In this context, theorists continue to differ on matters such as: the continued relevance of “queer” as a rubric, the utility of the figure of the “post-transsexual”; and the relation of trans embodiment to normativity, gender nonconformity, and the gender binary. Some have announced (already!) “the end of trans studies.” How can we understand, parse, and adjudicate these conflicting and overlapping questions?

In this course, we will read treatments of these questions by (predominantly) trans and intersex philosophers—as well as works by some trans-hostile ones such as Kathleen Stock—exploring, discussing and weighing a variety of dissenting opinions on trans gender ontology, epistemology, and liberation. What do ‘trans’ and ‘queer’ have to do with (and to) each other as rubrics? What has trans feminism been, and what might it be? What are the consequences of abstracting “trans”? Readings will include texts by Susan Stryker, Emi Koyama, Julia Serano, Jules Joanne Gleeson, Joni Cohen, Mario Mieli, Andrea Long Chu, Vivian K Namaste, Treva Ellison, Jack Halberstam, Jordy Rosenberg, and Marissa Brostoff, among others.

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.

Course Schedule
Wednesday, 6:30-9:30pm
July 10 — July 31, 2019
4 weeks
$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.

 

Image: Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017

 

 

 

Start: July 31, 2019 6:30 PM
End: July 31, 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)

July 30, 2019

Bureau closed Tuesdays in July & August

 

Bureau Summer Hours (July & August): Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7 PM

Closed Sundays, Mondays, & Tuesdays
 

 

Date: July 30, 2019