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GSF 364S: Race, Gender, and Sexuality

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Laura Micham, Director, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture and curator, Gender and Sexuality History Collections and , Rubenstein Library (

Brief Overview


This Session:

This session explores the relationship of gender to race and sexuality through a variety of objects documenting health, intimacy, family, the state, economic practices, transnational communities and identities, and social movements.

In this session, students will explore these objects to develop an understanding of their creators, publishers, and readers.




From Southerners on New Ground records


Learning Objectives:

During this session, you will: 

Explore the relationship of gender to race and sexuality through texts and art objects.

Practice textual and visual analysis of published and unpublished texts as well as a range art objects.

Analyze the ways that individuals and communities use the written word and artistic expression to communicate, advocate, and celebrate.

                                                                                                                Artist's Book Ideation Cards by Julie Chen and Barbara Tetenbaum (2013)


How We Teach and Learn at the Rubenstein Library

Explore and be curious! Our class sessions are interactive, hands-on opportunities to look at lots of materials, so take advantage of this time. Challenge yourself to look (even briefly) at items that don’t initially catch your interest—you might be surprised at what you discover.

Our class sessions seek to be inclusive, offering multiple perspectives, viewpoints, or lived experiences, but may not include the voices of every population for a number of reasons. Let’s talk in class about the voices that aren’t being presented.

The background, experience, and knowledge you bring to this class session are valuable. There isn’t one right interpretation of a historical document. Please listen carefully and treat everyone’s responses respectfully.

The material you encounter in this session has the potential to be uncomfortable or upsetting. Be kind to yourself and recognize your limits. You can look at something else or even step out of the room to take a break.

When working with historical documents, you may encounter racist, oppressive, or outdated language in the documents themselves or in the archival record. When we discuss these items, we will want to use terms that reflect the ways these communities describe themselves today.