LGBT Pop Culture Course in Humanities

Need a HUM 200 class in the fall? Spaces are available in HUM 200: LGBT Lives & Voices AKA Pop Culture Queer Presence

The course, taught by Professor Brendon Zatirka, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:50–3:05 p.m.

The course will be an exploration of LGBT representation in popular culture, literature, and the visual arts—works produced both by and for the community. We will not examine queerness through critical theory, but instead observe what LGBT lives actually look like. We will study and analyze the ways in which authors, artists, and producers create spaces for LGBT bodies to exist through various cultural products and the conversations these products have with contemporary audiences. Topics will include young adult fiction, like Adam Silvera’s History is All You Left Me; various photography series; films like Moonlight and Loev; and thriving television shows, such as Sense8 and Black Mirror. Our discussions will put emphasis on understanding the powers of grief, loss, happiness, and love—the things that make us human in a world where so many see us as less.