My AIDS Film and Video course at Concordia University is coming to an end in a few short weeks and I am looking forward to students’ final projects. During the semester I participated in the McGill University conference Why We Remember: HIV/AIDS Media Now, a two day symposium filled with panels, performances, and discussions. I presented alongside Karen Herland where we discussed the pedagogical challenges of teaching HIV/AIDS to undergraduate students outside of a public health or social work framework. Hopefully we’ll both have the time to reflect more on this question and possibly co-author something in the near future.
Looking to the future, I have a number of articles in process focused on HIV/AIDS, gay marriage, and immigration in the works along with a number of conferences. I will be at L’Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) annual conference from May 9-11th presenting as part of the colloquium Cultures du témoignage organized by Nengeh Mensah at University of Quebec à Montréal. I will also be at the National Women’s Studies Association’s annual conference November 10-13th at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal co-presenting a paper with Melissa Autumn White.
But in the even nearer future there are two public events in which I will be participating. On March 24th I will be presenting a public lecture at the Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law as part of the Feminist Legal Supplement series. My talk, American Injustice: A Queer Cautionary Tale is at 6pm in the Weldon Law Building, room 104. Following soon after on April 30th, I’ll be moderating a panel on the politics of creating, collecting and using material culture in examining LGBTQ history as part of a day long symposium at the University of Southern Maine’s Sampson Center for Diversity. As part of this symposium I will also be collecting photographs and doing archival research for my upcoming book, LBGTQ Maine: Portland and Beyond due out on Aracadia Publishing in the summer of 2017. More details about that project forthcoming!