A celebration of LGBTQIA+ history and literary freedom

We are excited to invite you to a special event that celebrates LGBTQIA+ History and Literature on October 19, 2023, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Dickinson Hall Auditorium (DKSN 100).
The event will include a panel discussion that will bring together the perspectives of historical, legal, and literary advocates to discuss their perspectives on LGBTQIA+ history and literary freedom.

Here are the event details:
Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Dickinson Hall Auditorium (DKSN 100)

Prior to the event, there will be a reception in the Rainbow Room from 1:30-3pm, Dickinson 104, which is sponsored by Ottenheimer Library.


A panel of experts will share unique perspectives on LGBTQIA+ history and literary freedom. Topics will include the importance of freedom of expression, and the ongoing struggle to protect LGBTQIA+ literary voices.


Dr. Jim Ross, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Attorney Rejena Grotjohn, J.D., Assistant Dean of Student AFfairs and Diversity Initiative at the William H. Bowen School of Law

Dr. Kris McAbee, Ph.D., Co-Director of the School of Literary and Performing Arts, Associate Professor in the English Program, and Affiliate in the Gender Studies Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Nate Coulter, Executive Director, Central Arkansas Library System

Sharon Ann Downs, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Wellness and Inclusion, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Register today to join us for a captivating evening of learning, reflection, and inspiration.

Register for the Panel Discussion for a chance to win one of three books: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, and Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Pictures of books titled Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuioston, and All Boys Aren't Blue, by George Johnson

The Diversity Council, Ottenheimer Library, and Safe Zone.
The Chancellor’s Office is providing refreshments for the panel discussion, and the library is providing refreshments for the reception.


1:30 – 3:00 Reception in Rainbow Center, Dickinson 104
3:00 – 4:30 Panel discussion in Dickinson Auditorium
4:30 Game night in Ledbetter sponsored by Rainbow Alliance

Check it out here: https://ualr.edu/www/event/lets-celebrate-lgbtqia-history-and-literature-and-literary-freedom/?fbclid=IwAR3ErUQoQ8upYXKj1yxq6uai9vdYLRwcSoY-_hnUPTizk5ZRzWlqrjE20nI

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