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Babs Siperstein Humanities & Medicine Seminar - Focus on Transgender

Colloquium Part I: Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care for LGBTQAI+ Communities (2021)

LGBTQAI+ communities have faced discrimination in health care due to inadequate medical policy, health insurance discrimination, and entrenched prejudice. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. The colloquium Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care for LGBTQAI+ Communities on February 25-26, 2021 brings together experts from the fields of medicine and mental health, social sciences, and humanities. This event advances and challenges the national discussion on health care systems.  All health care providers must practice cultural sensitivity and inclusion in order to increase our capacity for providing critical and holistic health care.

The Colloquium Part I website includes Virtual Library and Bibliography with resources and speaker bios. The resources are linked to the Rutgers University Libraries catalog when applicable. The recordings of all the presentations and panels are also available.

Colloquium Part II: Spectrums (2022)

The Queer community in the United States has made great strides in representation and outreach, but true understanding and acceptance on the national scale are still in progress. Last year's colloquium Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care for LGBTQAI+ Communities focused on the medical and civic fields. Spectrums, the second annual virtual colloquium on Monday, February 28, 2022, from 12-5 pm brings together scholarly and student advocates to focus on issues of intersectionality, biphobia, and non-binary expressions, giving a unique perspective on the social challenges we face today. This event celebrates the whole spectrum of gender and sexual identity and advances the national discussion on empathy and presentation. Organized mostly by Katharine Little (DRC and RHC '22) and Evyatar (Avi) Kank (SEBS '22). Spectrums bring about thoughtful conversations that inspire and establish a new generation of advocates at Rutgers University.

The recordings of the conference is avaiable, including the keynote by Chris Finley, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the USC, Dornsife, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Her work encompasses indigenous feminisms, queer indigenous studies, visual culture, and decolonization.

The Colloquium Part II includes at tribute to Dean Mark Schuster, who passed away in November 2021.


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