Symposium: Becoming Visible-A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Lives Friday, April 13, 2018 | 7:30pm Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Film viewing, Born This Way , by Director Shaun Kadlec. Born This Way is an intimate portrait of the underground gay and lesbian community in Camaroon-where more people are sent to prison than any other country in the world. Saturday, April 14, 2018 9 a.m. Registration and Eleanor D. Wilson Museum viewing of work by Zanele Muholi. 10 a.m. Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased that chronicles his own story of growing up in a conservative Arkansas family and participating in “gay conversion therapy. ” “ Boy Erased is a gut-punch of a memoir, but the miracle of this book is the generosity with which Conley writes in an effort to understand the circumstances and motivations that led his family to seek the ‘cure’… his memoir is not simply a story of survival — in this book, a true writer comes of age. Conley writes vividly, with intelligence, wit, and genuine empathy. By embracing complexity and compassion, he reclaims his life and reminds us that a story rarely belongs to one person alone.” — LA Review of Books 11 a.m. Gregory Rosenthal, assistant professor of history, Roanoke College . Since moving to Roanoke, in August 2015, Rosenthal has become deeply involved with LGBTQ+ activism, community organizing, and queer public history. In September 2015, he helped cofound the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, a community-based history initiative. His accomplishments to date include the creation of a new, permanent LGBTQ History Collection at the Virginia Room, Roanoke Public Library, as well as a digital archive. Students and community members have recorded oral histories with LGBTQ+ elders. He also serves on the board of directors of the Roanoke Diversity Center, the region’s only LGBTQ+ community center. LUNCH 12-1:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Zanele Muholi, Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence, Hollins University and acclaimed South African photographer, filmmaker, and visual activist . For over a decade, Muholi has documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa. Responding to the continuing discrimination and violence faced by the LGBTI community, in 2006 Muholi embarked on an ongoing project, Faces and Phases , in which she depicts black lesbian and transgender individuals. She has won numerous awards including the International Center of Photography’s prestigious Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism, and has exhibited world-wide. 3 p.m. Open microphone -an opportunity for members of the audience to comment and share stories.