The Andrea Carson Coley Lecture was endowed by a donation by Andrew and Kathy Coley in memory of their daughter Andrea Carson Coley (1972-1993), who was a certificate candidate in Women's Studies. Each spring, our Andrea Carson Coley Lecture brings to campus scholars doing cutting-edge research in the area of LGBTQ studies.

Previous Coley Lectures

2017
Siobhan Somerville, University of Illinois

2016
Mollie Blackburn, The Ohio State University

2015
Juana María Rodríguez, University of California, Berkeley

2014
Laura Brown, Fremont Community Therapy Project

2013
Janet Jakobsen, Barnard College, “The Woman Question: Gender, Sexuality and Public Policy”

2012
Tricia Lootens, Univeristy of Georgia, “Friends and Family: Coming Home”

2011
Susan Rankin, The Pennsylvania State University, “Queering Campus: The State of Higher Education for the LGBT Community”

2010
Amy Hollywood, Harvard University, “Religiously Queer, Queer Religiously”

2009
Michelle Cliff, Renowned Author of Abeng and No Telephone to Heaven, "Everything is Now, a Reading with Commentary"

2008
E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales”

2007
Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia, "Religion & The Right to Be Gay"

2006
Pat Griffin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Sexism, Feminism and Lesbians in Sport: Unlocking the Locker Room Closet ”

2005
Kendall Thomas, Columbia University, “Condoleezza Rice and Wanda Jean Allen”

2004
Joan Roughgarden, Stanford University, "Evolution's Rainbow"

2003
Shirlene Holmes, Georgia State University, "Writing With Pride: Theatre as an Agent for Social Change & Lesbian and Gay Activism"

2002
Nancy Bereano, Founder of Firebrand Books, "Way Over the Rainbow: Considering the Politics of Outsiderness"

2001
Cynthia Patton, Emory University, "A Dozen Ways to Die: Why Tolerance of Sexual Minorities is Not Enough"

2000
Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Lesbians, Evil, and Gray Zones"

1999
Verta Taylor, Ohio State University, "Corporations as the New Frontiers for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Rights"

1998
Esther Rothblum, University of Vermont, "Just Friends: The Role of Friendship in Lesbians' Lives"

1997
Charlotte Patterson, University of Virginia, "Lesbian and Gay Families with Children: Research, Law, and Policy"

1996
Barbara Smith, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, "African American Lesbian and Gay History: An Exploration"

1995
Laura Brown, University of Washington, "The Lesbian/Gay Paradigm: Directions for the 21st Century"