Professor Briona Jones: 2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

WGSS Professor Briona Jones’ work, Mouths of Rain is a finalist in the LGBTQ Anthology category for the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 2,300 book submissions—the highest in Lammy Award history.

Please join us in celebrating the following authors and their literary accomplishments.

January 24th – Upcoming Events!

Coming up from UConn Alumni’s #ThisIsAmerica Series…

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ThisIsNativeAmerica: Land Grant or Land Grab


THIS WEEK  Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. ET
Zoom Webinar

In 1893, the University of Connecticut became Connecticut’s Land Grant college. This land spans 12 states originally stewarded by Indigenous tribes. Our history is intertwined in the violent dispossession of Native and Indigenous peoples across Native America. Join us to understand the long-standing history and experiences of Native and Indigenous peoples at UConn and seek to understand your place in that history which has disproportionately benefited white citizens.

The panel will include Sandy Grande, Professor of Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies at UConn, Chris Newell ’14 (CCS), Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Akomawt Educational Initiative, and a researcher from Land Grab CT.

Register for the discussion

Publishing NOW: How to Write About Race Now with Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy, UConn


Monday, January 31 | 4:00 p.m. ET

In conversation with Michael P. Lynch, Lewis R. Gordon will discuss his new book, Fear of Black Consciousness (2022), “a groundbreaking work that positions Black consciousness as a political commitment and creative practice, richly layered through art, love, and revolutionary action.” UConn Nation is invited to join in on this discussion on Monday, January 31.

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#ThisIsAmerica is a series that brings together UConn faculty, alumni, and students to discuss and unpack systematic racism, social justice, and human rights issues. It spotlights individuals, organizations, and movements fighting for justice and equity, and against oppression and white supremacy.

Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought edited by Prof. Briona Jones

Mouths of Rain traces the history of intellectual thought by Black Lesbian writers across genres, identities, age, and political leanings. Publishers Weekly called the anthology “prodigious” and “wide-ranging,” and Elle magazine called it a “a balm that shows readers that Black feminism benefits us all.”

Learn about the book and purchase here.

Prof. Katerina Gonzalez Seligman on the life of Cuban writer José Lezama Lima

The article “How a Cuban Writer Defied Censors and Became a Latin American Literature Icon” explores the ways in which his roles as a poet, novelist, and everything in-between has impacted Cuban literature as we know it today. Known for his influential 1966 novel “Paradiso”, he was censored by the Cuban revolutionary state that polices artistic and intellectual expression that was deemed detrimental to the state. Read it here.