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Working Class Queers: Stories of Public Health, Surveillance, and Dignity
Working Class Queers: Stories of Public Health, Surveillance, and Dignity
WhenWednesday, May 11, 2016, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Campus locationSmith Hall (SMI)
Campus room102
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsHarry Bridges Center for Labor StudiesDisability Studies ProgramDepartment of EnglishGender, Women, and Sexuality Studies DepartmentComparative History of Ideas Program, and the Q Center
Description

Anne Balay is the author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers. She is a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College and a former long-haul trucker. She does ethnographic work on 21st-century queer life as it manifests in blue-collar work settings. Combining oral history with participant observation, she challenges tenacious assumptions about class, work, sexuality, and courage. Her talk at the UW examines working-class women's anger, both in the steel mills of Northwest Indiana and driving the big rigs that saturate the American landscape, that has somehow remained invisible. Collecting and analyzing narratives from these women (both cis and trans) fosters a better understanding of working-class attitudes about such issues as guns, gays, and globalization.

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