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LGBT Film Series and World AIDS Day Commemoration
Start Date: 12/1/2012Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 12/1/2012End Time: 9:00 PM
Event Description:
Join CU's Departments of History, Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies as well as the Program in Jewish Studies,  the LGBT Studies Program and the LGBT Center for the final film in the LGBT series and a commemoration of World AIDS Day with the screening of the controversial 1989 film, "Tongues Untied."

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social intercourse and dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the "Institute of Snap!thology," where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap. The film closes with obituaries for victims of AIDS and archival footage of the civil rights movement placed next to footage of Black men marching in a gay pride parade.

Elizabeth Fenn,  Associate Professor and Driskell Chair in Western American History, will lead a post-screening discussion. Fenn holds a PhD from Yale University. Her field of study is the early American West, focusing on epidemic disease, Native American, and environmental history. Her interest in LGBT history arose many years ago when she first taught a course on the history of epidemic disease and took her class on a field trip to visit the NAMES Project, which was headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the time.
Location Information:
Main Campus - ATLAS Center  (View Map)
1125 18th Street
Boulder, CO
Room: 100
Contact Information:
Name: Jamie Polliard
Phone: 303.492.7143
Tongues Untied A Film by Marlon Riggs
This event is open to
  • Everyone
  • Ticket information:
    Free and open to the public. Space is limited so RSVP's are required. Please email or call 303.492.7143.
    For tickets:
    Free and open to the public. This screening will be held on the Boulder campus in ATLAS 100.

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