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Queer Studies Graduate Student Conference is April 18-19

The Ohio University LGBT Center will host the first Queer Studies Graduate Student Conference, April 18-19, in Baker University Center.

Carol Mason, professor of gender and women's studies and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker. Her speech "What's This Cow Doing in My Queer Theory? An Inquiry into the Limits of Studying the Rural Queer" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Baker University Center 240.

Mason is a native of Charleston, W.Va., and a graduate of Denison University and the University of Minnesota, She is the author of "Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics" and "Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy." Her most recent book project is called, "Oklahomo: Transnational Regionalism and the Queer as Terrorist" and will be published in the SUNY Press Series in Queer Politics and Cultures. Other articles have appeared in Cultural Studies, NWSA Journal, Journal of Appalachian Studies, American Studies, Hypatia, Journal of American History, Journal of Women's History, GLQ, Journal of Constitutional Law, and New Political Science.

Graduate students from Ohio University and other schools will be presenting on Friday. Panels will focus in issues in queer health, religion and spirituality, literature, and queer studies. Most importantly, the Conference will provide graduate students with the opportunity for scholarly exchange and to network with individuals in the field of Queer Studies.

"The Queer Studies Graduate Student Conference provides a vital opportunity for graduate students to network and support each other as they shape the future of queer studies to come," said Susanne Dietzel, director of Women's Center and acting director of the LGBT Center.

The Queer Studies Graduate Student Conference is sponsored by Ohio University's LGBT Center, Graduate Student Senate, Graduate College, The Kennedy Lecture Series, the Dean of Students Office and Ohio University's Women Center.

For more information please visit http://www.ohio.edu/lgbt/, call Dietzel at 740-593-9625 or visit Baker University Center 354.