Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

The history of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series

Mary L SeifertMary L. Seifert's rich family history with Clarion University can be traced to 1907 with the enrollment of her mother, Sabina Mooney-Seifert, and her uncle, Charles A. Mooney. From 1909 to 1912, her grandfather, John A. Mooney, served as a trustee for the Clarion Normal School. Shortly after her mother’s and uncle's graduations in 1909, their two younger siblings, Thomas W. and John A., were to follow family tradition by attending Clarion. Two of Seifert's uncles became medical doctors after furthering their education at the University of Michigan. To date at least 18 members of her extended family have graduated from Clarion.

Seifert loved music and the arts. As an investment in young people, she chose to endow a culture and lecture series at Clarion University to ignite the passion for learning that she encouraged. Through that endowment, the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

More about Mary Seifert can be found here.

In honor of Mary Seifert Clarion University holds an annual series of events tied to a particular cultural theme. The theme of the 2016-17 Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series is "The United States of Gender." Events will focus on various issues surrounding men, women and transgender people. All Seifert Series events are free and open to the public.

Seifert Series Events

eventThe Celluloid Closet

“THE CELLULOID CLOSET is the film version of author Vito Russo's landmark book by the same name. Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who have previously won an Academy Award for Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt, bring this book to life. THE CELLULOID CLOSET explodes sexual myths and explores how our attitudes about homosexuality and sex roles have evolved through the century. With clips from over 100 Hollywood movies and interviews with many of the filmmakers and actors who created them (including Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, and Gore Vidal), THE CELLULOID CLOSET is an epic story -- by turns surprising, hilarious, and disturbing.” – www.sonyclassics.com


eventMr. Mom

"During the 1980s recession, automobile engineer Jack (Michael Keaton) is fired from his job. When his wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), finds a job before he does, they switch roles, placing him in the unfamiliar position of homemaker and caretaker to their three children. He embarks upon a series of misadventures, from navigating grocery store trips to playing poker games with housewives. Jack and Caroline must figure out the intricacies of their new roles while maintaining their relationship." - https://www.moviefone.com/movie/mr-mom/1023958/main/

 


eventThe Danish Girl

“After standing in as a female model for a painting by his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), Danish artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) becomes enamored with his feminine identity and begins living as a woman named Lili Elbe. Although their marriage becomes strained, Gerda stands by Lili as she explores her true self and eventually undergoes one of the world's first gender-reassignment surgeries in the 1930s. This touching biopic was adapted from David Ebershoff's book of the same name, and helmed by director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech). Author: Daniel Gelb” - colleges.swankmp.com



eventThe Brothers Series

"... A tremendous learning opportunity for our campus."

"The BROTHERS web series screening and subsequent discussion with the cast and crew was a tremendous learning opportunity for our campus. In the discussion, the cast and crew covered topics ranging from the challenges of making the series to challenges the cast and crew have faced in their own lives. In doing so, they demonstrated a refreshing willingness to meet students, faculty, and staff where they are in their own learning process about trans issues. By providing a safe and comfortable space for the audience to ask questions and learn, BROTHERS proved to be exemplary advocates for trans people on our campus and beyond." - Timothy Murphy, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Worcester State University

BROTHERS follows the daily lives of four trans masculine friends.

The series' main character Jack has recently started sleeping with a cisgender man after exclusively dating women for his entire adult life. His friend Davyn is on the verge of proposing to his long time girlfriend, Amy. Aiden is the youngest of the group and is pre-testosterone and pre-surgery, but aiming to raise money for his top surgery as the date approaches. And Max, the eldest, has been on hormones longer than both Jack and Davyn, but hasn't had the financial resources to obtain his top surgery.

What does it mean to struggle and succeed as a trans person in the complicated fabric of today's society?” - http://www.brothersseries.com/about-brothers/

Created by: Emmett Lundberg
Producer: Sheyam Ghieth
Director of Photography: Chris Rodriguez


Valley Girl, UpTalk, and Vocal Fry; The Gendering of Speech Patterns

Linguists and media analysts have recently advised millennial generation women to change their speech in the workplace: their way of communicating sounds less competent than men, it lacks confidence or as some critics claim, their very tones are annoying. Is this trend a result of more women entering journalism and other fields that traditionally were male-dominated? Is this more of a generational issue? Come listen to a panel of experts as they debate how speech is gendered. Myrna Kuehn, Department of Communications, Herb Luthin, Department of English and Modern Languages, and Susan Prezzano, Department of Social Sciences.


eventAlison Bechdel

“Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For became a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. And her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers.

Bechdel self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For for twenty-five years, from 1983 to 2008. The award-winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms. magazine)

In 2006 she published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Time magazine named it the Best Book of 2006, describing the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been adapted into a musical by the playwright Lisa Kron and the composer Jeanine Tesori. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theater on April 19, 2015, to positive reviews, and won five Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”

In her work, Bechdel is preoccupied with the overlap of the political and the personal spheres, the relationship of the self to the world outside. Her 2012 memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama delved into not just her relationship with her own mother, but the theories of the 20th century British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. In the New York Times Book Review, Katie Roiphe wrote, “There’s a lucidity to Bechdel’s work that in certain ways … bears more resemblance to poetry than to the dense, wordy introspection of most prose memoirs. The book delivers lightning bolts of revelation, maps of insight and visual snapshots of family entanglements in a singularly beautiful style.”

Alison’s comics have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. She won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, and in 2014 was named a MacArthur Fellow.” - http://dykestowatchoutfor.com/about

 

Last Updated 2/7/17