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Queer Studies Conference is April 10-11

The Ohio University LGBT Center will host the second annual Queer Studies Conference, April 10 and 11 in Athens.  

This year's theme is "Ethically and Queerly Sexual ~ Creative Explorations of Gender, Ethics, and Sexuality."  

The conference reflects a spectrum of queer thought and academic disciplines, including the creative, visual and performing arts. Panel presentations and workshops will focus on academic inquiry, skills development and/or creative performance and expression.

"It is an excellent opportunity for all who participate to present their work, create community, cultivate presentation skills and facilitate collaboration among departments and schools" said Delfin Bautista, director of the Ohio University LGBT Center.  

The conference will feature two keynote speakers. The first is trans-artist and activist Kit Yan who will open the conference with a workshop and performance on Thursday, April 10.

Kate Ott from Drew University will present "OMG … Hook-ups … Co-habitation ... Delaying Marriage?: What are Sexual Ethics for Emerging Adults?" at 9 a.m. Friday, April 11. She also will participate in a closing plenary panel at 4:45 p.m.

Panel presentations will take place throughout the day on Friday, April 11. Panelists are representatives of Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, Eastern Michigan University and Southern Illinois University.  

The conference is free and open to the public. The conference is organized by the LGBT Center with support from WGSS, Diversity Studies, Campus Involvement, Multicultural Center, BSCPB, Theater Division and Residential Housing. For more information, email lgbt@ohio.edu or visit www.ohio.edu/lgbt.