"Christine Jorgensen: Transexuality and Transnational Media Spectacle in the 1950s and 1960s"
With Susan Styker
Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She earned her Ph.D. in United States History at UC Berkeley in 1992, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at Stanford University, as well as distinguished visiting positions at Harvard University, UC Santa Cruz, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and Macquarie University in Sydney. She is the Emmy Award-winning director of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, a public television documentary about a 1966 riot against police oppression by transgender prostitutes in San Francisco. She is a four time Lambda Literary Award finalist, and one time winner, for her anthology The Transgender Studies Reader. She is the author, most recently, of Transgender History, a short introduction to the political history of gender-variant people in the post World War II United States. She is currently working on a book, Sex Change City, about the history of transgender community formation in San Francisco, and a film, Christine in the Cutting Room, about the film career of 1950s transsexual celebrity Christine Jorgensen.
Susan Stryker presents a fascinating argument about the celluloid consciousness of Christine Jorgensen, Freeman Auditorium 04 12 2010. Photo: Tammy Barney
Stryker's lecture was especially well-supported by Gender and Sexuality students and faculty. Freeman Auditorium 04 12 2010. Photo: Crystal Kile
Stryker's lecture was a work-in-progress presentation about the life and work of 1950s transsexual celebrity Christine Jorgensen. It draws on rare archival footage, photographs and sound recordings to document and explain the global impact Jorgensen had on popular knowledge of transsexuality.
This Newcomb College Center for Research on Women program was made possible through a gift from Marla Custard NC '91 and was also sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and the Newcomb Sexuality and Gender Alliance (NSAGA). Thanks to all who dedicated time and effort to help present and facilitate this event.
Event Coordinator: Charlotte D'Ooge, Newcomb College 2003, Assistant Director for Educational Programs, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 504 865 5238 for additional information.
Suggested Viewing: "Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria"
On the evening of Thursday 8 April 2010, the Newcomb Sexuality and Gender Alliance (NSAGA) held a free screening of Susan Stryker's documentary film, "Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria," for an audience of approximately 20 students, faculty, staff, and New Orleans community members. The film, co-directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker, depicts a group of transgender women fighting back against San Francisco Police Department harassment in ways prefiguring the more famous altercation at Stonewall Inn (NYC) three years later. Watch an excerpt (YouTube). The film is distributed by Frameline.
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