Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

POSTPONED: W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture

Wednesday, April 1

Daniel Arts Center - McConnell Theater

Please note, this lecture is postponed until further notice. Check back for updates!


Genny Beemyn, Ph.D. will deliver the 24th annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Bard College at Simon's Rock, entitled "Activism and Scholarship in Support of Trans Students.” Based on the speaker’s work as an advocate and academic, this talk will discuss the experiences of trans college students over the last twenty years and how colleges have changed and must continue to change to support their needs and create more trans-inclusive campus climates.

About the speaker:

Genny Beemyn (they/them/their) is the director of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Stonewall Center, the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse, and the founding co-chair of International Pronouns Day. Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans college students, including writing some of the first articles on the topic. They have written or edited eleven books/journal issues, including A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge) and The Lives of Transgender People (Columbia University Press). Genny’s most recent book is an anthology, Trans People in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2019). They are currently writing Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press) and co-editing The Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (SAGE). Genny is also an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, and the Journal of Homosexuality. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.

Established in 1996, the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture is given each year by a distinguished individual whose own achievements carry on the legacy of Du Bois, with recent visitors including David Levering Lewis, Lorene Cary, John Edgar Wideman, Sonia Sanchez, and Penelope Andrews. 

Free and open to the public.