Faculty Forum: Where have the two spirits gone?

Two spirits
Where: 136 Doudna Hall UW-Platteville
Begins: Feb. 06, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Feb. 06, 2020 at 6:30 pm

On Thursday, Feb. 6, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Where Have the Two Spirits Gone?” in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

At the forum, Dr. Terry Burns, professor of English at UW-Platteville, will discuss the disappearance of Native American “Two Spirits” – a generic English term for LGBTQ individuals, identities and spiritual positions – and suggest that in different native communities, it is an unfortunate by-product of the linguistic and cultural assimilation and internalization of values of the majority culture.

Following Burns’ presentation, Dr. Pip Gordon, assistant professor of English and coordinator of Gay Studies at UW-Platteville, will present “Queer Indians on Film,” which will focus on two films, “The Business of Fancydancing” (United States 2002) and “Fire Song” (Canada 2015).

The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members. Refreshments will be provided.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.