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Fisher Center Begins a New Season

Fall edition of lecture series opens with an exploration of marriage and family

(August 31, 2004)GENEVA, N.Y.—The Fall 2004 Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men lecture series kicks off with the photo and text exhibit “Love Makes a Family: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and their Families.” An opening reception begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6, in the Warren Hunting Smith Library atrium, where the exhibit will be on display.

Close on the heels of the photography show, the Fisher Center offers “(Un)holy Matrimony? The Politics of Household, Rights and Health,” the first symposium in the fall lecture series. On Thursday, Sept. 9, four speakers will address the topic individually, then join for a panel discussion.

Lisa Duggan
Ruth Vanita
Kathleen Lahey
Rev. Irene Monroe

Lisa Duggan, New York University associate professor of American studies, history, and gender and sexuality studies opens the symposium with “Love American Style: Symbolism and Citizenship in Contemporary Marriage Politics” in St. John's Chapel. Duggan explores why the politics of marriage will play an unpredictable role in the 2004 Presidential election.

Next to speak is Professor Ruth Vanita of the University of Montana, who presents “Love's Rite: Same-sex Marriage in India” at 4 p.m. in the chapel. Vanita addresses who defines marriage—individuals, communities, the state or all three—and demonstrates that same sex unions have been celebrated in several Hindu traditions and communities in India.

Following a reception in 212 Demarest Hall, leading feminist legal scholar Kathleen Lahey presents “Winning Same-Sex Marriage in Canada: Celebration and Concerns,” at 6 p.m., in the Geneva Room. Professor Lahey addresses the celebrations and concerns that have attended Canada after the nation extended marriage to same-sex couples in 2003.

Feminist theologian the Rev. Irene Monroe then discusses “Casting a Suspicious Eye: Same-Sex Marriage, White Queer Hegemony and Black Ministers' Homophobia” at 7 p.m., also in the Geneva Room. Rev. Monroe directs her attention to joining the black and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities together in the struggle for liberation.

The panel discussion with all speakers starts at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. All events listed are free and open to the public.

Founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, the Fisher Center seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. For more information on the fall 2004 series, please visit

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