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World in View: Conscientization on Instagram: Queer and Trans vocalizations and representations

  • Monday, October 3, 2022
  • 3:00 PM- 4:15 PM
  • Zoom link will be provided

A World in View discussion led by Professor Vagner Mendonça-Whitehead (Penn State) and Dr. Rosana de Lima Soares (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Inspired by the commemoration of Paulo Freire’s 100th birthday (September 19, 1921), and the ongoing plight of the LGBTQIA+ population in Brazil, which has intensified during the Bolsonaro presidency, this proposed discussion for the World In View series at the Schreyer Honors College aims to highlight the increasingly multifaceted political protest expressions in social media since 2018 by these traditionally excluded communities and provide a critical and safe space for awareness to turn into social action. Brazil and the US have parallel but distinct colonial histories, as well as prominent cultural roles in global big media influence, making this pairing relevant to ongoing social unrest in both places – we can learn from one another. It is our hope that Penn State students and scholars will correlate this topic to the current US social and political climate, and potentially envision their own approaches for solidarity and engagement here. Each faculty will conduct a short presentation (10-15 minutes each), where we will provide context and points of provocations to engender dialogue, and guide students through a series of questions, prompts and exchanges.

The required reading is short; it consists of a copy of the original publication, an introduction in English, and annotations on a translation that will serve as the main theoretical underpinning for our discussion/presentation.

Vagner Mendonça-Whitehead is Professor and Director of the School of Visual Arts program in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State.

Dr. Rosana de Lima Soares is Associate Professor of Journalism and Publishing in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of São Paulo.

Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. Event is limited to 25 students with preference to Schreyer Scholars; early registration is strongly encouraged. To enhance your online engagement experience, video presence is strongly encouraged and recommended. Scholar attendees will receive a complimentary electronic gift card.

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Schreyer Scholar Tara Golthi

The honors women's studies class I'm taking right now is phenomenal. Every day I go to the class is really eye-opening. I don't know if I would have gotten that experience without being in Schreyer.

Tara Golthi '20 Media Studies

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