Hiram College

Events – Spring 2020

February 18, 2020 – Kennedy Center Dix Dining Hall – 7:30 p.m. – “Laughter at the End of Life” lecture by Kelli Dunham, with a dessert reception following the talk. Free and open to the public.

Kelli Dunham is the genderqueer ex-nun storytelling nurse comic so common in modern Brooklyn. Kelli has appeared on Showtime and the Discovery Channel, the Moth Mainstage, the Cinderblock Comedy Festival, the Risk podcast, the Gotham Storytelling Festival, and nationwide at colleges, prides, fundraisers and even the occasional livestock auction. Kelli was nominated as a 2015 White House Champion of Change (NOT under the current administration) for her work as the co-founder and producer of Queer Memoir, NYC’s longest-running most super earnest LGBT storytelling event. 

Kelli is the author of seven hilarious nonfiction books about very not humorous subjects (including kids’ guides to puberty)  and recently helped set the Guinness World Record for longest comedy show/multiple performers. Kelli is zig-zagging around the country this spring and summer celebrating the release of her latest comedy album “Not The Gym Teacher” with free House Concerts to raise money for progressive causes.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio once called Kelli a show-off. To her face.

March 18, 2020 – Teachout Price Alumni Heritage Room – 7:00 p.m. – “Love in the Time of ACT UP: Reflections on AIDS Activism, Queer Family, and Desire” lecture by Brett Stockdill, PhD, with a dessert reception following the talk. Free and open to the public.

Brett C. Stockdill is a queer HIV-positive teacher, scholar and activist.  He is a Professor of Sociology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  Brett teaches various classes that examine intersecting oppressions, center the perspectives of oppressed groups, and encourage students to use knowledge for social change.  Brett is particularly interested in how interlocking inequalities shape both oppression and resistance.  He has published on social inequalities, social movements, and the sociology of HIV/AIDS.  Brett is the author of Activism Against AIDS: At the Intersections of Sexuality, Race, Gender, and Class (Lynne Rienner Press, 2003) and co-editor (with Mary Yu Danico) of the anthology, Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in the Academy (University of Hawai’i Press, 2012).   Brett has engaged in activism challenging the AIDS crisis, inequalities in higher education, the prison system, and corporatized education. 

March 24, 2020 – Teachout Price Alumni Heritage Room – 4:30 p.m. – AIDS Then and Now: A Roundtable Discussion, featuring: Tracy Jones, MNO, Executive Director, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Dianne Kerr, PhD, MCHES, Professor Emeritus, School of Health Sciences, Kent State University, and cast members from Hiram College Performing Arts’ Spring Show, Angels in America, directed by Jeff Haffner. Pizza provided. Free and open to the public.

March 31, 2020 – Kennedy Center Ballroom – 7:00 p.m. – “LGBTQ+ Youth and Digital Technologies: Challenges, Opportunities, and Ethical Considerations for Mental Health,” presented by Hiram College’s Center for Literature and Medicine and Peg’s Foundation, 2020 Margaret Clark Morgan Scholar, Lauren McInroy, Ph.D. Free and open to the public.

Dr. McInroy is Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Dr. McInroy’s research investigates the impacts of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the well-being of marginalized adolescents and emerging adults– particularly LGBTQ+ youth, who experience heightened risks including mental health difficulties, social exclusion, and violence.