What can we do to end war? Sometimes it feels like not much. Our role is therefore complicated as we search to understand the human dimensions of suffering following war. War sometimes demands that soldiers do the humanly unthinkable, and when they return from service, what are our responsibilities for “buying back” our soldiers wounded in both body and soul? Rev. Bret Lortie speaking.
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We are amidst an exciting time in which ideas and laws about gender and sexuality are continually in the news and central to important political policies and discussions. Much of the popular discussion misunderstands key ideas that are at the heart of these issues and current political conflicts exist because of different understandings of the relationship between bodies and gender. On one side of conflicts are those, typically political conservatives, who see biology as destiny and thus treat gender as immutable. On the other are transgender, gender-fluid, and otherwise gender nonconforming people and the activists and allies who see gender and sexuality as fluid. We will discuss key ideas from gender and sexuality studies in order to make sense of these current social issues, including some attention to the ever-changing terminology employed by those who treat gender and sexuality as fluid. Discussion Leaders: Michael Armato, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, and Amy Badr.
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