12:00 PM12:00

Sarahtalk Brown Bag: RuPaul Before Supermodel: Starrbooty and the Politics of Racial Drag

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In this lecture. Dr. Michael Bibler (English ~ LSU) will discuss​ RuPaul’s early career​ and her creation of​ the personas Starrbooty and Miss Rachel Tensions, who both inhabited spaces that took white constructions of black respectability literally. ​He will also discuss early controversy about whether Ru’s drag was “black enough” to contemporary controversies about trans identity. 

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7:30 PM19:30

EMPOWER: More Music • More Empathy

UM Music Professor Nancy Maria Balach will perform a recital that is focused on women’s stories, experiences, and empowerment. The self-reflective program will incorporate various genres of music by established and up and coming composers. Nancy Maria will be sharing the stage with pianist Amanda Johnston and other outstanding musicians. A reception will follow.

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9:00 PM21:00

BattleVerse: Icons OUTLoud

Words climb off the page and into the cage match in this literary smackdown for the ages! Hosted by OUTGrads, the University of Mississippi's organization for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students, writers of all experience levels will take the stage at Proud Larry's for BattleVerse, a tournament of (ahem) campions. BattleVerse is the friendliest fight you could imagine, in which two writers explore their improvisational instincts as they go head-to-head on stage amidst ridiculously entertaining distractions. Will anyone be able to defeat the heavyweight favorite, Poet Laureate of Mississippi Beth Ann Fennelly? 

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