Brown Bag Lectures (including performances, film screenings, and panel discussions) occur select days at noon during the fall and spring semesters in Barnard Observatory’s lecture hall, the Tupelo Room.
“Lobbying the Heart of Dixie: LGBTQ Advocacy in the Alabama State House”
As we look ahead to a Trump administration, achieving state nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Alabamians is more critical than ever. Eva Kendrick will discuss the realities she and her staff have faced and lessons learned in their work to achieve full legal equality for LGBTQ Alabamians.
Eva Walton Kendrick serves as the Human Rights Campaign’s Alabama State Manager. Kendrick holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a BA in Southern Studies from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Her research interests include twentieth-century social history, religious history, and social movements. Kendrick joined the staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans, in 2014. In her current role, Kendrick leads the state staff in their work to achieve full legal equality for LGBTQ Alabamians, while changing institutions—and hearts and minds— through engagement with corporate and healthcare partners, faith outreach, and community development. Kendrick lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wife, Kathryn Kendrick.
Brown Bag Lectures occurs on select Wednesdays during the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.
On Monday, May 1, Jerusa Leão will present “The Mississippi River Is to the Blues as the São Francisco River Is to Forró” at noon in Barnard Observatory.
Jerusa Leão’s Both Sides of the River is an audio-visual project of cultural exchange and documentation. It aims to discuss and reveal the sociological and cultural environment along the Mississippi River in the United States and São Francisco River in Brazil, through the use of two major important cultural movements of the twentieth century: the Delta Blues and the Forró Pé de Serra.
Jerusa Leão is a Brazilian artist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Bahia, Jerusa grew up in the cities of this arid province, beginning her artistic career in 1995. Leão resides in Brazil, performing as a travelling solo singer and researcher of Brazilian culture. She has an ongoing multimedia research project called It’s Just a Shot Away—an exchange of cultural knowledge between Canada and Brazil, that is set to be released in Canada in the summer of 2017.