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Andrea Jenkins Lecture feat. C. Riley Snorton & Monica Roberts

  • Mayo Auditorium, University Of Minnesota 435 Delaware Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States (map)

This annual lecture honors Andrea and works to center the voices of queer and trans people of color.

Title: "Black Histories, Trans Futures"

Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping make this event happen:
- Office of Equity and Diversity Education Program - UMN
- Multicultural Student Engagement - UMNTC
- Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) - UMNTC
- Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy - UMNTC
- Carlson School of Management, Undergraduate Programs - UMNTC
- Pride@Work - UMN
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Program, College of Liberal Arts
- Compass Undergraduate - UMNTC
- Compass Graduate - UMNTC
- Transgender Advisory & Action Team - UMNTC
- The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies - UMNTC
- National Center for Gender Spectrum Health - UMNTC


---------- About Andrea Jenkins ----------
Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

She holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelors Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2018 she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

---------- About Monica Roberts, TransGriot -------------
Monica Roberts, aka the TransGriot, is a native Houstonian and trailblazing trans community leader. She works diligently at educating and encouraging acceptance of trans people inside and outside the larger African-American community and is an award winning blogger, history buff, thinker, lecturer and passionate advocate on trans issues.

Monica seeks to not only end the erasure of African-American trans voices from a movement they played significant roles in starting, but get African-American transpeople and other voices of color more involved in empowering themselves. Her activism focus is educating the TBLG community and allies about our issues and concerns in addition to shedding light about the struggles of GLBT people across the African Diaspora.
Monica was a founding member of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition and served from 1999-2002 on the inaugural board as NTAC's Political Director. She was a co-host on the GLBT themed radio show ‘After Hours’ on KPFT-FM from 1999-2001, served on the boards of Louisville's Fairness Campaign and C-FAIR, and helped organize the 2005 and 2006 Transsistahs-Transbrothas Conferences that took place in that city.

---------- About C. Riley Snorton, Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Chicago ----------
C. Riley Snorton is a scholar, author, and activist whose work focuses on historical perspectives of gender and race, specifically Black transgender identities. His publications include Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, the CLAGS' Sylvia Rivera Award for Transgender Studies, the John Boswell Prize in LGBTQ History from the American Historical Association and the William Sanders Scarborough Prize for African American literature and culture from the Modern Language Association. He is currently working on new manuscript, tentatively entitled Mud: Ecologies of Racial Meaning.