Film for Thought: Gender and Sexuality Film Series
All films are free and open to the public.
Past films 2013
Protection: Men and condoms in the time of HIV and AIDS
Presented in collaboration with the AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Conceived and produced by Jill Lewis, Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at Hampshire College, this documentary is intended to encourage discussions on sexual well-being and safety among men, particularly those in sub-Saharan African countries. The challenges and realities of condom use are explored through poignant glimpses into the attitudes and feelings of men of different backgrounds and ages in South Africa, Kenya, and Sierra Leone, in rural and urban settings. Professor Lewis introduced the film and participated in an audience discussion after the screening.
"Using U.S. Courts to Protect Human Rights Abroad: A Community Discussion of Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively."
A presentation by Attorney Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights, about a lawsuit alleging that local pastor Scott Lively’s political activities in support of anti-gay legislation in Uganda constitutes persecution under international human rights law. The case is the first to rely on the federal Alien Tort Statute to seek accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
"Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: Reflecting on the Oral Arguments.”
Excerpts from the gay marriage oral arguments, as well as the virtual presence of Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned scholar of Constitutional Law, who presented his analysis and took questions.
“Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Public Discussion”
A panel of experts from the law school discussing the complex and exciting issues in the two marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term:Hollingsworth v. Perry(California's Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor(the Defense of Marriage Act).
“Telling Amy’s Story”
a documentary about domestic violence presented by Detective Deirdri Fishel of State College, PA.
Hosted in conjunction with Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni L'89.
Fall 2013 Events
Profiling, Race, and Masculinity: Florida, Massachusetts, and Beyond
Continuing the important national dialogue about race and profiling in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing and the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 12:00 noon in the Law School Common
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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Indian Child Welfare Act
Monday, September 30, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Law School Common
Hosted by Professors Jennifer Levi and Giovanna Shay with guests Professor Laura Briggs, Chair, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tracey A. DeMeyer, Shawnee-Cherokee author, journalist, and blogger; and Professor Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law, University of Arizona, via Skype.
Join Professor Jennifer Levi for 10 days over wintersession
December 2013 - January 2014, to study
"Comparative Law: Gender in U.S., Israeli, and Jewish Law"
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