Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Law of Gaga: Queer Citizenship on the Pop Charts

Sunday Salon Discussion Series
Sunday, March 27 | 2pm
Suggested Donation: $5

The social justice aspect of gay rights has been a prominent topic for years. As a part of the Sunday Salon Discussion Series at Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University, community members are invited to join University of Delaware Assistant Professor of Music Phil Gentry to explore these issues from a pop music perspective.

Wesleyan University alumnus Phil Gentry ’02 is a musicologist specializing in mid-twentieth-century American music with an interest in queer theory. Mr. Gentry will explore how and why several recording artists from Justin Bieber to Katy Perry have suddenly embraced the rhetoric of moderate gay activism. His presentation will examine the promises and pitfalls of when pop meets politics. For a sneak peak, check out our blog.

More about the Sunday Salon Discussion Series
The Sunday Salon Discussion Series is a monthly series of intriguing conversations with Wesleyan faculty, staff, and alumni, held this month on Sunday, March 27 at 2pm. Salons are held at Green Street Arts Center located at 51 Green Street in Middletown and are accompanied by treats from O’Rourke’s Diner. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. For more information or to register or any event in the series call 860-685-7871 or visit www.greenstreetartscenter.org. This series is co-sponsored by the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wesleyan.

More about the Queer Arts Series
The Law of Gaga
event kicks off Green Street’s Queer Arts Series; featuring three other events examining queer identity, rights, and expression through performance, workshop, panel discussion, exhibition, and celebration. Events include

  • April 1-2: One-woman play Becoming Joaquin and workshop by Janis Astor del Valle;
  • May 21: The State of Queer Connecticut panel discussion moderated by Wesleyan Professor of History and American Studies Claire Potter;
  • June 3: Queer Art Invitational / Safety Word: A Dance Party.

Click here to view more details on this series.

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