Spring Symposium Poverty Sexuality FINAL

Organized and Hosted by the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers, New Brunswick
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Keynote speaker: Urvashi Vaid, Attorney and Organizer, President of The Vaid Group LLC


Registration               Directions to the Event               Participant Bios



Location: Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Introduction: 9:15 am

Session 1: 9:30 - 11:00 am


Christina Hanhardt (University of Maryland-College Park)
"Left Out: Poverty, Policing, and Queer Politics"

Rosemary Ndubuizu (Rutgers University)
"Black Disciplinarians and Manufactured Austerity: The Historical Roots of D.C.’s Anti-Black Female Identity Politics Exposed"

Kevin Schumacher (Outright Action International)
"Gender Identity, Social Exclusion, and Poverty: The Case of the Trans Community in Iran"

Moderator: Maria Hwang (Brown University)

Session 2: 11:15 - 12:45 pm


Elena Shih (Brown University)
"Dignifying Poverty: Rehabilitation through Labor in Global Human Trafficking Rescue"

Mitchyll Mora (Streetwise and Safe)

Cynthia Blair (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Black Women, the Commodified Body, and Work"

Moderator: Louisa Schein (Rutgers University)

LUNCH: 12:45 - 1:30 pm

Session 3: 1:30 - 3:00 pm


Pooja Gehi (National Lawyers Guild)
"Sexuality, Gender Identity and Migration and Criminalization"

Alyosha Goldstein (University of New Mexico)
"The Threat of Poverty Without Misery"

 Premilla Nadasen (Barnard College)
"Household Worker Organizing: Rethinking the Labor Movement and the Language of Care"

Moderator: Gwendolyn Beetham (Rutgers University)

Session 4: 3:15 - 4:45 pm


Modesto "Flako" Jimenez (Brooklyn Gypsies Collective)
"Shake The Block: Creating Art with the Community for the Community"

Ricardo Bracho (LA-based Activist and Writer)
"Fucking with Race"

Reina Gossett (Barnard College)
"Making a Way Out of No Way: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People Navigating Heightened Violence"

Moderator: Zakia Salime (Rutgers University)

Keynote: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Urvashi Vaid (The Vaid Group LLC)
"The Other Queer Community: Contours and Challenges of LGBTQ Poverty"

Reception: 6:00 – 6:30 pm

Co-Sponsors: Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities; Dean's Office of Douglass Residential College; Department of American Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies; Department of Sociology; Disorientations Working Group; Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Conveners: Nicole R. Fleetwood and Sarah Tobias