Panel Discussion: "Queerness and Religion"
Monday, April 14, 2008
Christian and Jewish religious leaders, both gay and straight, discuss homosexuality and religion. Questions will range in topic from acceptance in various religious communities, the notion of same-sex marriage, what constitutes sinful behavior, and interpretations of controversial verses of the Bible. The event is open to everyone, whether a member of the Middlebury College community or not.
On a typical Thursday evening, senior Christine Bachman is busy hosting students at the Queer Studies House, a residential academic interest house with a focus on queer studies. These evenings are called “Thursday Teas.” Sipping tea and eating cookies, Bachman and the four other residents of the house start informal conversations on a variety of topics related to queer studies, an emerging interdisciplinary field that critiques traditional norms of sexuality and gender. Sometimes, as many as 30 or 40 students stop by for these gatherings.