Exploring Intersectionality and LGBTQ Issues with Primary Sources and eBooks

Sponsored by Gale, a Cengage company
Recorded on 10/24/2018

Posted in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA), Primary Sources and Special Collections

What is intersectionality?

The term intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in her 1989 essay “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex”. Intersectionality is defined as the way different forms of discrimination overlap, combine, and intersect, especially as it applies to marginalized groups. It generally refers to sexism, racism, and classism, but the meaning has evolved since it was introduced, encompassing sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and even region (Western vs. non-Western, for example).

As this topic continues to gain momentum, it’s imperative that libraries provide the necessary resources to empower researchers, professors and students to fully explore this timely topic and analyze the myriad of viewpoints and angles that are having a significant impact on our society today.

We hope you will join us for this Choice webinar as we grapple with the topic from the researcher and instructor perspective and understand the indispensable role the library has to play.


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    Marc Epprecht

    Professor and Head of Department Global Development Studies Queen’s University

    Marc Epprecht is a Professor and Department Head of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Marc has served as an advisory board member and co-editor on Scribner’s Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) History, in addition to writing or editing several other books and articles on sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Africa. Marc has won several honors and awards for his work, including the 2009 Desmond Tutu Award for outstanding contributions to the study of gender and sexuality in Africa. In addition to his years teaching at Queen’s University, Marc also taught several years at the University of Zimbabwe. Marc’s research interests include social history in southern Africa, especially the colonial era; gender and sexuality more broadly, especially cultural constructions of non-normative sexualities (lgbti, msm, wsw, etc) and contestations around masculinities; HIV/AIDS; environment and health, especially in urban contexts in South Africa; contestations over development throughout Africa but especially Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, and KwaZulu-Natal; pedagogy for development (e.g., methods and ethics of work-study abroad programs); the politics of public history. He holds a BA and MA from York University and a PhD from Dalhousie University.

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    Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

    Assistant Professor and Head of Reference Graduate Center Library City University of New York

    Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library of the City University of New York and Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt School of Information. She is a volunteer coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA), board co-chair of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, and advisory board member to a GALE LGBTQ archival database. Shawn began processing the collection of the Salsa Soul Sisters, the first lesbian of color organization in the country. She presented her work on archiving Black lesbians as Keynote to the 2016 International LGBTQ ALMS (Archivists, Librarians, Museum Curators, & Special Libraries) Conference: http://lgbtqalms.co.uk/2016/03/23/keynote-shawnta-smith-cruz/. Shawn has a BS in Queer Women’s Studies from CUNY, an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, and an MLS with a focus on Archiving and Records Management, both from Queens College. Her current project is curating the narrative of the Salsa Soul Sisters through a zine and an LHA traveling exhibition, initiated by the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Her most recent library-related publications are book chapters in an upcoming 2018 Library Juice Press anthology, Reference Librarianship and Justice, edited by Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell, titled: “Lesbian Librarianship for All: A Manifesto,” and “Referencing Audre Lorde.” You can find out more on Shawn and her writings at https://shawntasmith.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.