Panel Discussion: Miami’s LGBTQ+ Past, Present, and Future
FREE and open to the public.
Join us for a conversation that will explore pivotal moments in the history of the LGBTQ+ community in South Florida. The panel also gestures to some of the pressing issues affecting the community today.
Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel is associate professor of Contemporary Art at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. His art historical scholarship, criticism and curating reflects his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. The author of Productive failure: Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories (Manchester University Press, 2017), he is a frequent contributor to artforum.com among other venues.
Mx. Dani Dominguez serves as a staff member of the YES Institute, a local nonprofit whose mission is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation. Dani identifies as non-binary, uses they/them pronouns and currently leads dialogues and trainings locally and out of state around gender and orientation affirming care, bullying and suicide prevention, and communication.
Dr. Brenna Munro is associate professor at the University of Miami in the English department and is regular teaching faculty for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is the author of South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom (2012), which was nominated for a Lambda Award, and co-edited a special issue of the open-access journal Scholar & Feminist Online on “Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally” in 2017.
Dr. Jafari Allen is the author of the award-winning critical ethnography of race, gender, sexuality and revolution, ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba; and, forthcoming from Duke Press in 2020– There’s a Disco Ball Between Us: A Black Gay Theory of Living. He is editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora; and several other publications in, for example: American Ethnologist; Current Anthropology; GLQ; Souls; Small Axe; Nka; and forthcoming in Annual Review of Anthropology.
Moderator: Dr. Julio Capó, Jr. is the curator of Queer Miami exhibition, is associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the award-winning author of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940. A former journalist, his work has appeared in Time, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and other outlets. He has held fellowships at Yale University and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Light refreshments available. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This program series looks at Miami’s history, from early settlers to its current evolution into a global city. Previous themes have included immigration, civil rights, gentrification, and other topics that help tell the story of the Magic City.
Presented with the support of the Marcia J. Kanner Memorial Fund.