Conference Marks the Anniversaries of the Start of Women’s Studies and Lesbian and Gay Studies

A conference marking two milestones at Yale — the 30th year of the creation of Women’s Studies (WS) and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the founding of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Center (LGSCY) — will take place Friday-Sunday, April 16-18.

“These have been exciting years,” write the conference organizers, “filled with visionary students, faculty, staff and administrators, whose energies have sustained and enriched WS and LGSCY into the vibrant, collaborative programs we have today: Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBTS).”

The WGSS and LGBTS Anniversaries Conference will “reunite cohorts and create new ones, celebrating our past while enlivening our future,” note the conference organizers. “Some of our illustrious former faculty and students will reflect upon their intellectual trajectories; others will speak about critical issues in the field of gender and sexuality studies; still others will lead informal discussions in which we’ll compare notes on how this work has shaped our personal, political and professional lives.”

The weekend will also include receptions, dinners and other activities, including a women’s history walking tour of the campus, a student-created theater piece about the history of sexuality and gender at Yale, and a memorial gathering “in which to remember those we’ve lost.”

For a conference schedule, or to register for the event, visit

The event has received support from the Provost’s Office, the Women Faculty Forum and the Whitney Humanities Center.

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