Gender Studies Symposium Speakers


39th Annual Gender Studies Symposium

Tensions of Possibility
March 11-13, 2020



New York, NY - April 29th, 2019: Jack Halberstam posing for a portrait at The New York Times buil... New York, NY - April 29th, 2019: Jack Halberstam posing for a portrait at The New York Times building for part of a panel discussing the topic of camp.

Jack Halberstam is professor of gender studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of six books: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and, most recently, a short book titled Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (California, 2018). Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled “Wild Thing: Queer Theory After Nature” on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, and the intersections between animality, the human, and the environment.  


Feminista Jones Feminista JonesFeminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based feminist writer, public speaker, retired social worker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets (2019). Her work centers Black American culture, feminism, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health, poverty, and women’s health and well-being. Her thought-provoking, conversation-starting writing has been featured widely in major newspapers and magazines. In 2015, she co-founded and served as general director of the Women’s Freedom Conference, the first all-digital conference completely organized by and featuring only women of color. For her work, she was named one of SheKnows 2015 “Voices of the Year.” In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis). That same year, she was named one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Feminista is a mom, a mentor to young girls and women, and an outspoken advocate for the homeless, people living in poverty, and those living with psychiatric disabilities.