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Lecture: Queer Spirituality in a Post-Christian Context

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Queer Spirituality in a Post-Christian Context" and will be presented by Tom Long.

Synopsis: While many queer people have been stigmatized by institutional religions, their leaders, and their members, queer people also frequently seek ways of integrating a spiritual dimension into their embodied experiences and relationships. This class will explore the queer dimensions of Christian traditions, explain the theological underpinnings of Christianity’s tensions concerning sexuality, and examine some of the options appropriated by queer people today.

Biography: Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long is associate professor in residence in the UConn School of Nursing and serves on the core faculty of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. A former Roman Catholic priest, he earned a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1981. A professor of English language and American studies, he is the author of AIDS and American Apocalypticism: The Cultural Semiotics of an Epidemic. He has contributed book chapters to The Male Body in Medicine and Literature (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming), Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing (Routledge, 2013), On the Meaning of Friendship between Gay Men (Routledge, 2008), Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Gender and Apocalyptic Desire (Equinox, 2005).

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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