In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s
- 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.
Friday, October 8th
Coffee and Breakfast
Elebash Recital Hall Lobby
PLENARY I: What Did We Think We Were Doing?
A Conversation between Charlotte Bunch and Michelle Parkerson
Moderator: Blanche Wiesen Cook
Elebash Recital Hall
Women’s Communities and Women’s Land
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
Led and moderated by Susan Freeman
First Born: Adult Children of Lesbian Mothers in the 1970s
Moderator: Terry Boggis
Jewish Lesbian Lives in the 1970s
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.”
Lesbians, Sex Work, and Lesbian Sex Workers in the 1970s
Moderator: Anne Gray Fischer
Women’s Theater in the 1970’s
Moderator: Jill Dolan
The 1970s and the Lesbian Archive
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
Transnationalizing 1970s Lesbian Feminism
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
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
Are Lesbians Going Extinct?
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
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
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
Latin American Lesbians: Place, Politics and Poetry
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
“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
Heather D. Artemis
Aging and Lesbian Identities
Consciousness raising workshop
Canadian Lesbian Lives in the 1970s
Panel Discussion/Video Screening
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
Shawnta Smith, Lesbian Herstory Archives
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Mobile Homecoming Project
Bronwynne Pereira, Gay and Lesbian Archives (GALA) South Africa
Lesbian Space Without Lesbians
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
Tucker Pamella Farley
Fierce Sistahs! The Activism, Art & Community of Bay Area Lesbians of Color in the 1970s
Lesbian representation in Our Bodies/Ourselves
All Day Event
A CELEBRATION OF LESBIAN POETS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
PLENARY II: Defining the Boundaries of Lesbian Identity
Lesbian Publishers and Readers in the 1970s
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
Eleanor Olds Batchelder
Retheorizing Lesbian Politics and/in the 1970s
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
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
Not Just Background Music to the Women’s Movement
sassy b. gonn: Searching for Black Lesbian Elders
Lisa C. Moore
Lesbian Feminism and the Third Wave
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
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
Lesbian Feminist Publications
Sean Heather McGraw
Moderator: Sarah Swedberg
Lesbian Creativity in the 1970s
Evelyn Torton Beck
Andrea Freud Lowenstein
Lesbian Spaces and Places
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
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
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”
DANCE AND CELEBRATION
Kimmel Student Center
New York University
60 Washington Square South
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH
Hosted by the LGBT Community Services Center, 208 W. 13th Street
PLENARY III: Lesbian Musicians in Conversation
Screenings and Performances
All screenings and performances will take place in the Segal Theatre, on the ground floor of the CUNY Graduate Center.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 8th
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.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
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.