LGBT Studies News

Why Feminists Care About Funerals

Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Michelle Martin-Baron will present "Why feminists care about funerals: the politics of public mourning" as the last lecture of the spring semester's Sentiments & Declarations series on Thursday, April 24. What do state funerals, AIDS activism, 300-year-old remains of former slaves, and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act have do with each other? Th...  More >>

Faculty Discuss Transgender Issues

On the heels of offering the first transgender studies class at HWS last semester, a group of faculty has formed the Transgender Faculty Learning Community (TFLC) on campus with the express goal of considering how to make HWS better for transgender people. The collaborative reading and discussion group is facilitated by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Karen Frost-Arnold, Professor of Dance Donn...  More >>

Robust LGBT Spring Offerings

In 2002, Hobart and William Smith Colleges became the first college or university in the United States to offer an undergraduate major in the field of LGBT/Queer Studies. Now in its second decade in existence, the LGBT Studies program at HWS is developing new courses to remain a distinct, cutting edge leader in the field. The department introduced three new, cross-listed courses and will host a f...  More >>

Queer Film Series Begins

The LGBT Studies Program and the Women's Studies Program are co-hosting a Queer Film Series this semester to provide the campus community the opportunity to view the remarkable old and new films being watched and discussed in select courses. Visiting Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies Cael Keegan and Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Michelle Martin-Baron organized the Queer Film Series, wh...  More >>

Keegan Joins LGBT Studies

This semester, HWS welcomed Visiting Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies Cael Keegan as HWS' first full-time faculty member in LGBT studies. Keegan traditionally teaches interdisciplinary courses centering on the relationship between queer, transgender, anti-racist, and feminist modes of consciousness and political critique. With his arrival, the Colleges were able to offer the first transgender...  More >>

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Anna Dorman
Kelly Wendt '14
Writing and rhetoric major
Double-minor in LGBT studies and Spanish
Future Plan
I will be moving to Boston after graduation to work for Grassroots Campaigns, a nonprofit organization. that helps run political campaigns and fundraising/awareness-raising campaigns for other nonprofits. They were very interested in my involvement with Pride and other student organizations on campus when I spoke with them in my interviews.
I interned for the Easton Courier, in my hometown in Connecticut and absolutely loved it. I honed professional skills, figured out how to manage deadlines, and learned a lot about the field (and, surprisingly, the political goings-on of my hometown).
I’ve been involved with Pride all four years. We hosted our first sit-down dinner last year and this year I’m excited to be involved in bringing the AIDS Quilt to campus. I see myself always involved with gay rights activism. What form that takes will be determined, but I don’t ever see that not being a part of me.
The first time I left the country I left for a semester in Sevilla, Spain, in the fall of 2011. Courses focused on the culture, but mostly we took field trips into the city to learn about the history and culture firsthand.