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Give to the Endowment for the OUTstanding Speakers Series

OUTstanding Speakers Series Fund

The Board of the LGBT Alumni Network is excited to announce a campaign creating a $100,000 endowment to fund an annual distinguished lecture series and student recognition ceremony—the OUTstanding Speakers Series—presented by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The OUTstanding Speakers Series will bring to the University of Chicago scholars, professionals, and public figures who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community. Additionally, a student will be selected each year to receive the New OUTstanding Leader Award for their impact on the LGBTQ community, whether it be on campus or at a broader geographic level. The student awardee will speak about the significance of their work at the lecture and will introduce the invited distinguished speaker.

The study of sexuality and gender deepens many fields of knowledge and practice, and the annual lecture will give students new frameworks for future scholarship and public engagement. This speaker series will be the first of its kind with national visibility in sexuality studies, and will call attention to Chicago as a leader in the field—much as the DuBois lectures at Harvard have contributed to a better understanding of African-American life, history, and culture, and the Tanner Lectures on Human Values have showcased work at several universities on contemporary studies in ethics.

The lecture event will be open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and it will be recorded and made available online for those who cannot attend in person. We also envision that the distinguished speaker will lead a seminar with graduate and undergraduate students on a second day of the event.

Thank you in advance for your support! Please give today.

 

Prior Fundraising Campaign for the Office of LGBTQ Student Life

During the 2011-2012 year, the LGBT Alumni Network conducted a pioneering campaign to raise funds for the Office of LGBTQ Student Life. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of LGBT alumni, and to a challenge issued by chair Vincenzo Barbetta, AB'99, MBA'05, and the members of the Steering Committee, we exceeded our dollar goal of $25,000, raising just over $30,000. We also exceeded our participation goal, inspiring nearly 350 members of the LGBT Alumni Network to make contributions to the University. Read our case for support [PDF].