Dr. Rebecka Sheffield, Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives Executive Director/Archives Manager, to speak at LSU

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Executive Director and Archives Manager for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) Dr. Rebecka Sheffield will lead two workshops and a public lecture on LSU’s Campus from February 22 – 24, 2016.

Her public lecture, Social Justice Struggles for Rights, Equality & Identity: The Role of LGBTQ Archives, will examine the role of LGBTQ+ archives and archival endeavors, especially community-based archives, in support of struggles for recognition, equality and civil rights. Faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to attend.

The workshop Integrating LGBTQ Archival Materials into the Classroom is aimed towards undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about integrating LQBTQ materials and topics into educational curriculum.

The workshop Researching Gender and Sexuality in the Archives is open to graduate students and faculty interested in researching LBGTQ topics.

Event Information:

Social Justice Struggles for Rights, Equality & Identity: The Role of LGBTQ Archives

*UPDATE (02/29/16): Unfortunately, the public lecture with Dr. Sheffield was cancelled due to the weather. You can watch the recording of her lecture below.

 

A Public Lecture By Dr. Rebecka Sheffield, Executive Director, Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University
Doors open 4:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 5:15 p.m.
Light refreshments and snacks provided.

The presentation will examine the role of archives and archival endeavors, especially community-based archives, in support of struggles for recognition, equality and civil rights. Connected to both the desire to document (and promote) otherwise hidden or marginalized histories and/or to employ historical resources more closely in active social movement struggles for equality and social justice, these archive endeavors can be readily identified amongst a number of different communities (minority ethnic groups, LGBT, disability groups) seeking historical representation, justice, and civil rights. The presentation will briefly examine the role of LGBTQ+ archives in North America and elsewhere, outlining their histories and evolutions, exploring how their motivations and objects have changed over time and assessing their impact on individuals and broader communities.

This lecture is sponsored by the College of Human Sciences and Education, School of Library & Information Science, School of Social Work, LSU Libraries Special Collections, and the CHSE Diversity Committee.

 

Workshop: Integrating LGBTQ Archival Materials into the Classroom

Monday, February 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Women’s Center, Louisiana State University

Registration Required by February 15, 2016 - Registration closed.

The workshop focuses on pedagogical issues and is aimed towards undergraduate and graduate students. During the workshop, Dr. Sheffield will summarize a variety of Canadian efforts of integrating LGBTQ materials and topics into educational curriculum, and discuss available resources for educators. Participants will subsequently work in small groups, and brainstorm potential uses of archival materials in the classroom and present their ideas to the larger group. This 3-hour workshop will accommodate 20-25 students.

 

Workshop: Researching Gender and Sexuality in the Archives

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Women’s Center, Louisiana State University

Registration Required by February 15, 2016 - Registration closed.

The methodological workshop is aimed at graduate students and faculty interested in researching LGBTQ topics. Dr. Sheffield will discuss and demonstrate the variety of available primary source materials including both local and international repositories, and some of the challenges associated with LGBTQ research. Participants will discuss their research interests and collaboratively develop ideas for future uses of archival resources in their research. This 3-hour workshop will accommodate 20-25 students and/or faculty.

 

About Rebecka Sheffield

Dr. Sheffield currently serves as the Executive Director and Archives Manager for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), and previously worked with the LGBTQ+ Digital Oral History Collaboratory. Sheffield holds a Masters in Archives and Records Management and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Her most recent research analyzed and compared the emergence and survival of four lesbian and gay archives, specifically, the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) in New York; the CLGA in Toronto; the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles; and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles.

Her areas of specialization are LGBTQ Archives & Heritage, Queer & Feminist Social Movements, Community Informatics & Heritage, Management & Administration of Archives, Archival Exhibitions, Digital Humanities, Digital Archives, Social Movement Theory, Sexual Diversity Studies.

 

The events are a collaboration of the Archival Studies Program in SLIS, the LGBTQ Studies Minor in SSW, and the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. The program is funded by the College of Human Sciences and Education Dean’s Internationalization Program, and co-sponsored by the CHSE Diversity Committee.

 

Parking Information

Parking on LSU’s campus is limited from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prior to 4:30 p.m., visitors may park at the Visitor’s Center at the corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive, in front of Memorial Tower, or in the Union parking structure from East Campus Drive.

Hill Memorial Library is located near the LSU Quad, between Middleton Library and the Cox Communications Center and just east of the Indian Mounds on Field House Drive. See theLSU Libraries Special Collections’ Website for more information.

The Women’s Center is located in 5 Union Square (see their website for more details).

 

About SLIS

The LSU School of Library & Information Science prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the field of library and information service and strives to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

Visit the School of Library & Information Science at http://www.lsu.edu/chse/slis

About SSW

The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading graduate school of social work, a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices. The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree integrates theory, research, and practice to focus on child development and family dynamics.

Visit the School of Social Work at http://www.lsu.edu/chse/socialwork 

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at http://www.lsu.edu/chse 

 

About LSU Libraries Special Collections

LSU Libraries Special Collections holds significant rare and unique materials that broadly support teaching and research at Louisiana State University. Included are holdings in rare books, manuscripts, historic newspapers, photographs, art, university archives, and more. The principal mission is to preserve these collections, add to them, and make them available for use. Special Collections offers resources for original research in many fields, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences, agriculture, aquaculture, the fine arts, and design. Special Collections has an active exhibition program, as well as a dynamic outreach and instruction presence. Visitors are always welcome!

 

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