Stirring the (Honey) Pot and Pouring the (Sweet) Tea

Looking for a way to engage with Black History Month? This is a great opportunity!

The invited speaker for the Hall Center for the Humanities, Oral History Seminar series will be E. Patrick Johnson. Johnson’s talk, “Stirring the (Honey) Pot: Performative Writing as Oral History Method”, will focus on his oral history project with black lesbian women in the South. The talk will be Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 3-4:30pm in the Hall Center Seminar Room. (Click here for more information.)

Later that evening at 7:30pm, E. Patrick Johnson will perform “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” in Room 240 of Robinson Health & Physical Education Center (ROB). This production is a dramatic reading based on the oral histories in Johnson’s book, Sweet tea: Black gay men of the South – An oral history published in 2008. (Click here for more information.)

E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University (Johnson 2018). Johnson is both a scholar and an artist who focuses on the intersection between race, class, gender, sexuality and performance (Johnson 2018). In 2001, E. Patrick Johnson filled a significant gap in the literature by introducing “quare” studies. He defines “quare studies as a vernacular rearticulation and deployment of queer theory to accommodate racialized sexual knowledge” (Johnson 2001).

List of works by E. Patrick Johnson in the KU Libraries’ collections:
This is only a small sampling of Johnson’s work consisting almost entirely of books. I encourage you to search E. Patrick Johnson in the KU Libraries’ Quick Search to find more of his work.
Appropriating blackness: Performance and the politics of authenticity (print book)
Blacktino Queer Performance (e-book)
No Tea, No Shade: New writings in black queer studies (e-book)
Sweet Tea: Black gay men of the South (print book)
Sweet Tea: Black gay men of the South (e-book)
Black queer studies: A critical anthology (print book)
“Quare” studies, or (almost) everything I know about queer studies I learned from my grandmother (scholarly article)

Johnson, E. Patrick. (2018). Biography. Retrieved from
Johnson, E. Patrick. (2001). “Quare” studies, or (almost) everything I know about queer studies I learned from my grandmother. Text and Performance Quarterly, 21, 1-25. dio:10.1080/10462930128119

Civil liberties consideration for conference site selection

As library professionals, we should be considering the importance of the civil liberties of country, province/state/territory, or city when choosing a conference site. This issue was addressed in a recent article on the ARL News website on December 6, 2017. On behalf of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL), Mary Ann Mavrinac, ARL president, Gerald Beasley, chair of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Ed Van Gemert, chair of the ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, issued a letter to the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA) via president Glòria Pérez-Salmerón in opposition of the 2018 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ARL letter cites the dangerous and discriminatory laws toward individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or intersex (LGBTQI) in addition to the government censorship and violation of privacy and confidentiality. The ARL letter states the importance of a safe environment where the freedom of expression is valued for all participants.

For more information please see the following links:
ARL News

US Department of State: Malaysia 2016 Human Rights Report

Helpful DACAments for understanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Executive Order Rollback

If you are looking to better understand how the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order will affect KU students and our campus, please check out these resources provided by the Office of Multicultural Affairs through the Support Services for Undocumented Students (SSUS).

Here is the link:

As stated by Chancellor Girod in his Statement on changes to DACA, “I believe they [DACA students] represent what is best about America, and it is unfair to penalize them for circumstances outside their control.” Chancellor Girod closed his statement with, “We [KU] remain deeply committed to supporting all our students, and we powerfully embrace the fullness of the diversity they bring to our university.”

DEI Committee Welcomes New Members

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at KU Libraries would like to welcome our newest members! We have had 5 new members volunteer to serve on the committee bringing the total number of members to 14 strong. We now have members across almost ever library division. When you see the following people around KU Libraries, please thank them for volunteering their time and energy to the important work of making KU Libraries a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place for the campus and the greater community. These new members will serve a two year term, 2017-2019.

Newest members:
Chris Banuelos, Distinctive Collections
Sunita Gandhi, Content & Access Services
Natalie Mahan, Research & Learning
Joe Orosco, Content & Access Services
Victoria Williams, Content & Access Services

Thank you to our shiny new members! We are glad to welcome you into our group.

Returning members (2016-2018):
Tami Albin, Research & Learning (Co-chair)
Andi Back, Content & Access Services
Callie Wiygul Branstiter, Research & Learning
Leah Hallstrom, Office of Communication & Advancement
Jeromy Horkman, Content & Access Services (Co-chair)
Musa Olaka, Distinctive Collections
Rebecca Orozco, Research & Learning
Sheila Orth, Content & Access Services
Kevin Smith, Dean