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Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM EST
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CUNY Graduate Center
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New York, NY
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In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s
Visit: www.70slesbians.org
  • Introduce and educate a broader audience about a crucial aspect of post-war American history.
  • Commemorate and illuminate the contributions of lesbians in the 1970s whose work was instrumental in the development of a modern feminist and LGBT identity.
  • Nurture current historical research on women and Lesbianism during this particular era.
  • Engage current multidisciplinary scholars of the 1970s, lesbianism, and feminism.
  • Create an original anthology of older work and new scholarly and creative work on lesbian lives in the 1970s and now.


Conference Schedule


Friday, October 8th




Coffee and Breakfast

Elebash Recital Hall Lobby




Welcoming Remarks

PLENARY I: What Did We Think We Were Doing?

A Conversation between Charlotte Bunch and Michelle Parkerson

Moderator: Blanche Wiesen Cook

Elebash Recital Hall




Session 1


Women’s Communities and Women’s Land

Panel Discussion

Room 8301


Lin Daniels, “Pagoda: Temple of Love and the Pagoda Community.”

Angela Jimenez, “Picturing Women’s Land.”

Shoshana Rothaizer, “Living on Women’s Land: A Photographic History.”

Katherine Schweighofer, “Lesbian lands: Resisting or Reinforcing Rural Stereotypes?”


Lesbianism 101: Envisioning Lesbian Studies in the 1970s

Workshop Discussion

Room 8304


Led and moderated by Susan Freeman


First Born: Adult Children of Lesbian Mothers in the 1970s

Panel discussion

Room 8400


Participants TBA

Moderator: Terry Boggis



Jewish Lesbian Lives in the 1970s

Panel Discussion

Room 8402


Evelyn Torton Beck, “Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology – Tracing Its Origins in 1970s Consciousness Raising, Identity Formation, and Political Organizing.”

Zohar Weiman-Kelman, “Out Dating: 1970s Jewish Lesbians and the Yiddish Women They Loved.”

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz



Lesbians, Sex Work, and Lesbian Sex Workers in the 1970s

Panel Discussion

Room 9203


Priscilla Alexander

Wendy Chapkis

Mindy Chateauvert

Moderator: Anne Gray Fischer


Women’s Theater in the 1970’s
Panel Discussion

Room 9205


Moderator: Jill Dolan

Muriel Miguel

Sue Perlgut

Sondra Segal

Roberta Sklar



The 1970s and the Lesbian Archive

Panel Discussion

Room 9205


Ann Giagni, Board Chair of June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives: “Preservation v Access: Negotiating with a State Institution”

Kathleen McHugh, CSW Director, Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA: “Experience, Artifact, and the Lesbian Archive”

Julie Childers, CSW Assistant Director, Project Manager: “1970s Lesbian Histoey through the Mazer Archive”

Sharon E. Farb, Associate University Librarian, UCLA Librarian: “Putting Lesbian into the Los Angeles Collecting Initiative”





Lesbian Representation in Our Bodies, Ourselves

All day performance piece

Room 9206


Joanne Mitchell






Session II


Transnationalizing 1970s Lesbian Feminism

Panel Discussion

Room 8301


Paola Bacchetta, “DYKETACTICS! Lesbian Feminist Organizing in Philadelphia.”

Yukiko Hanawa, “Pan-Asian and Asian American Feminisms in the 1970s.”

Christina Hanhardt, "'Count the Contradictions': U.S. Lesbian Feminist Uses of Maoist Thought in the Late 1970s."

Jocelyn Olcott, “Mexican Lesbian Feminists and the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference”

Ara Wilson, “Transnational Trends in 1970s Lesbian Feminism”




Women’s Music and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

Panel Discussion

Room 8304


Ann Cvetkovich, “Return to Womyn’s Land: Archiving the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.”

Fae Goodman, “Worker Community and Changing Expressions of Lesbian Romance”
Angela Jimenez, “Photographing the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.”
Bonnie Morris, “The Material Legacy of Michigan”



The Radical Roots of Radicalesbians

Panel Discussion

Room 8400


Flavia Rando

Ellen Shumsky

Fran Winant




Are Lesbians Going Extinct?

Panel Discussion

Room 8402


Elana Dykewomon, “Says Who?”

Elliott Femynye batTzedek, “Judy Grahn’s ‘A Woman Is Talking to Death’”

Carolyn Gage, “The Inconvenient Truth about Teena Brandon”

Dolores Klaich, “No Longer Burning”

Susana Sturgis, “And Will Rise? Notes on Lesbian Extinction”
Lise Weil, “My Search for Pure Lust."

Moderator: Lise Weil


Lesbian Sexualities in the 1970s

Panel Discussion

Room 9204


Yael Mishali, “Lesbian Sex in the 1970s: The Exclusion of Power Relations”

Alex Warner, “Strange Bedfellows: Lesbian Feminism and Sadomasochism”                     



On the Streets, Between the Sheets: Varieties of Lesbian Politics

Panel Discussion

Room 9205


Mikaya Heart, “From Political Actions to Personal Empowerment”

Robin K Payne, “‘Real Love, Real Solidarity, Real Primacy’: The Theories and Realities of Political Lesbianism and Women Loving Women”

Joann Coppi, “‘Labor of Love’: Lesbian Separatism and Liberalism in the Case of the Lesbian Herstory Archives”



Lesbian representation in Our Bodies/Ourselves

All Day Event

Room 9206

Joanne Mitchell



Latin American Lesbians: Place, Politics and Poetry

Panel Discussion

Room 9207

Jacqueline Jiménez -Polanco
Bronx Community College, CUNY
“Atrapadas between the post-civil war/ U.S. occupation & the neo-authoritarian Balaguer's regime: Did Dominican Lesbians have a life in the 1970s?”

Anahi Russo Garrido
Rutgers University
“The Politics of Solidarity in Early Lesbian Networks in Mexico City”

Consuelo Martinez Reyes
University of Pennsylvania
'Who are the Invisible Ones?' Publishing Lesbian Poetry in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Seventies"”

Moderator: Melissa Gasparotto

Rutgers University





Session III


Lesbian Spiritualities

Panel Discussion

Room 8301


Heather D. Artemis

Billie Luisi-Potts



Aging and Lesbian Identities

Consciousness raising workshop

Room 8304


Margaret Cruikshank

Sandy Warshaw



Canadian Lesbian Lives in the 1970s

Panel Discussion/Video Screening

Room 8400


Line Chamberland and Nicole Lacelle, “The emergence of lesbian-feminist spaces in Montreal, 1970-1976.”

Diane Heffernan, “Memoire de Notre Histoire I/Memories of Lesbian Herstory in Quebec.”




Black Lesbian Herstory in the 70s: from South Africa to Amerika

Archival Presentation

Room 8402

Shawnta Smith, Lesbian Herstory Archives

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Mobile Homecoming Project

Bronwynne Pereira, Gay and Lesbian Archives (GALA) South Africa

Lesbian Space Without Lesbians

Panel Discussion

Room 9204


Lauren Gutterman, “‘A Discreet Relationship’: Non-Feminist Married Women’s Same-Sex Affairs”
Kathryn Kent, “Singing Cris Williamson Songs Around the Campfire: Girl Scout Camp as Lesbian Separatist Space.”


1970s Lesbians in the Academy: Making Space in the Institution, in the Community, in Writing

Panel Discussion

Room 9204


Lillian Faderman

Tucker Pamella Farley

Esther Newton

Achebe Powell

Gayle Rubin



Fierce Sistahs! The Activism, Art & Community of Bay Area Lesbians of Color in the 1970s

Archival Presentation

Room 9205


Lenn Keller



Lesbian representation in Our Bodies/Ourselves

All Day Event

Room 9206


Joanne Mitchell





Proshansky Auditorium


Cheryl Clarke

Jan Clausen    

Joan Larkin     

Luz Umpierre

Fran Winant    






PLENARY II: Defining the Boundaries of Lesbian Identity


Lisa Duggan

Joan Gibbs

Gayle Rubin

Urvashi Vaid




Session IV


Lesbian Publishers and Readers in the 1970s

Panel Discussion

Room C198


Julie R. Enszer, “I’m Not A Hole/I’m A Whole Mountain: Triangular Materialities in Lesbian-Feminist Print Culture, 1969-1973”

Elana Dykewomon, “Riverfinger Women: Reflections on Publishing in the 1970s.”

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, “Survive Long Enough: A Grassroots Genealogy of Kitchen Table Press.”

Mimi Iimuro Van Ausdall, “A Survey of Lesbian Readers: On the Relationship Between 1970s Lesbian Literature, Identity, and Activism.”



Women’s Bookstores and Lesbian Community

Panel Discussion

Room C201

Eleanor Olds Batchelder

Kristen Hogan

Sue Perlgut


Retheorizing Lesbian Politics and/in the 1970s

Panel Discussion

Room C202


Greta LaFleur, “The Imagined, Historical Present: Emily Roysdon’s David Wojnarowicz Project

Velina Manolova, “Sexual Class Politics in Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues

Kaitlin Noss, “Remembering Our Bodies, Reimagining Ourselves: Deep Lez as Anti-Racist Trans-inclusive Methodology”



Building Lesbian Institutions

Panel Discussion

Room C204


Joanne Steele, Majority Report and Majority News Distributors

Sue Hyde, Red Tomatoe

Billie Luisi-Potts, Sojourner



Lesbian (Law + Mother + Lawyering) The Washington DC Feminist Law

Panel Discussion

Room C205


Nan Hunter

Elizabeth Lytle

Nancy Polikoff



Linda Tillery


Room 9204




Session V


Not Just Background Music to the Women’s Movement


Room C198


Alix Dobkin



sassy b. gonn: Searching for Black Lesbian Elders

Panel Discussion

Room C201


Tiona McClodden

Lisa C. Moore



Lesbian Feminism and the Third Wave

Panel Discussion

Room C202


Vicki Eaklor, "Backlash and Survival: Lesbian Feminism, the Third Wave, and Queer Theory."

Brian Herrera, "Imagine Their Surprise: The Enduring Influence of Lesbian Feminism within Gay Male Cultural Politics in the 1980s and 1990s"



Lesbian Art: Creating and Organizing

Panel Discussion

Room C203


Kayleigh C. Perkov, “Feminist Standpoint Theory and the Lesbian Art Project”

Marg McHugh, “Canvas Comment: 70s Lesbian Australian Badges and United States Poetry”



Lesbian Life in the City Too Busy To Hate: 1970s Lesbian Feminism in Atlanta

Oral History Presentation

Room C204


Lorraine Fontana

Sally Gabb

Vicki Gabriner



Lesbian Feminist Publications

Panel Discussion

Room C205


Fran Winant

Agatha Beins

Sean Heather McGraw

Moderator: Sarah Swedberg




Session VI


Lesbian Creativity in the 1970s

Roundtable Discussion

Room C202


Evelyn Torton Beck

Myriam Fougère

Andrea Freud Lowenstein

Verena Stefan



Lesbian Spaces and Places

Panel Discussion

Room C203


Evelyn Blackwood, "Living the 70s: The Practice of Being Lesbian."

Stephanie Rytilahti, “Women’s Spaces and Lesbian Community in Madison, WI.”

Rebecca Dolinsky, “The Story of the Gay Women’s Open House, Washington DC”

Karen DeAngelis, “The Girls of Summer.”



Disability and Embodiment

Panel Discussion

Room C204


Greta Rensenbrink, “Constructing a Lesbian Body: Lesbian Body Politics in Three Feminist Movements”

Melissa Carroll, “Super-bodiedness: Galloway’s Misfit-ed Hearing in Mean Little Deaf Queer



Lesbian Journals in the 1970s

Panel Discussion

Room C205


Liza Cowan, “DYKE Magazine”

Renee DeLong, “Re-Viewing Azalea: A Magazine for Third World Lesbians, 1977-1983”

Su Friedrich, “Remembering Heresies

Lesbian Connection collective, “Connecting Lesbians through Lesbian Connection




Rosenthal Pavilion

Kimmel Student Center

New York University

60 Washington Square South







Hosted by the LGBT Community Services Center, 208 W. 13th Street


PLENARY III: Lesbian Musicians in Conversation

Alix Dobkin

Linda Tillery







Screenings and Performances


All screenings and performances will take place in the Segal Theatre, on the ground floor of the CUNY Graduate Center.





Shock of Gray Productions, Smoke and Mirrors

A performance that traces the journeys of five women as they revisit the images and experiences of mainstream culture and queer subcultures that shaped their identities.



Crow Cohen, Small Town Revolution

Crow Cohen reads from her recently-published memoir, Small Town Revolution, about coming out as a lesbian in the 1970s in Burlington, VT.



Crackpot Crones, Lesbians on the Loose! Selections from Dos Lesbos: A Play For, By, and About Perverts

The Crackpot Crones (Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers) will mix selections from the famed lesbian ensemble, Lilith, and their play Dos Lesbos, with stories of their travels and travails through lesbian life in the 1970s.



Susan Chernilo, The Liberation Diaries

Susan Chernilo reads from her novel-in-process, The Liberation Diaries, which follows six women living on lesbian land in the 1970s.





Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson, dir. A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

Made up of interviews with the many people Audre Lorde influenced, this Sundance-nominated documentary is the definitive portrait of a lesbian icon.



Tami Gold, dir. Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch. A Joy Warshow Film.

Passionate Politics is a new one-hour documentary that brings Charlotte’s story to life, from idealistic young civil rights activist to lesbian separatist to internationally-recognized leader of a campaign to put women’s rights, front and center, on the global human rights agenda. Director Tami Gold will lead a Q&A after the screening.


Sue Perlgut and Sara Warner, It’s Alright to Be A Woman

Sue Perlgut, founder of New York’s first feminist theater collective, It’s Alright to Be A Woman, will screen a documentary film about the troupe and its influence on feminist and queer performance, followed by an interview by renowned theater historian Sara Warner.



Sharon Thompson, " Dykes, Hammers, Dogs, Dogs & More Dogs ": Lesbian Home Movies, c. 1970s

Description:    Two rare & bewitching 1970s lesbian home movie selections from the archives of LHMP, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and documenting lesbian home movies. By Tree Roth and Caren McCourtney, the selections capture the exuberant side of late 70s lesbian feminism -- the sheer fun of being dykes together as thousands upon thousands of women came out and commenced clowning, kissing, skiing, dog-loving, mothering, politicking, fixing roofs, playing volleyball, and other radical activities. Filmmaker Caren McCourtney will be present.






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