Teaching

Robyn has taught courses at the following institutions:

  • Tufts University, Medford, MA (1992-2003)
  • Johnson State College, Vermont (2002)
  • Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Cambridge, MA (1991)

Her courses include:

History, Community, Politics: Emergence of Sexual Minority Voices in the U.S. (A.K.A. “The Gay Agenda”): What is today’s “gay agenda,” and how has it changed over time? Are there multiple agendas, even within each of these identity categories? In this course, we will explore the emergence of sexual minority communities and sexual minority visibility in the United States, from the 1940s to the present. We will look at issues such as same-sex marriage; debates about inclusion/exclusion of subgroups; the creation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender spaces; and cultural self-representation. Do gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have common concerns or a unified voice? Guest speakers, documentaries, short stories, poetry, legal documents, mission statements, newsletters, newspapers, and theoretical texts will frame our discussion. There will be a focus on marginalized voices within sexual minority communities. Students are required to make at least two field trips during the semester, choosing among several options, which may include visiting bookstores, community group meetings, and the like. More >>

Transgressing Binaries: Sex, Gender, Race and Sexual Orientation: The last two decades have seen a dramatic rise in the visibility of those who challenge existing binary categories of sex (male and female), gender (masculine and feminine) race (in the United States, primarily black and white), and sexual orientation (gay and straight). We will study the experiences of bisexuals, transsexuals, intersexuals, and others who blur the boundaries of gay/straight, male/female, and masculine/feminine as well as people who self-identify as biracial and multiracial using novels, films, short stories, essays, guest speakers, poetry and autobiography. Theoretical readings will be used to frame our discussions. More >>

Identity/Politics: Contextualizing Bisexuality. Details >>

Workshop Programs

For a comprehensive list of Robyn’s workshops, lectures, and keynotes, see her Programs Page.

Robyn is taking a break from teaching semester-long courses in order to focus her efforts on the marriage equality movement, and on speaking at colleges and universities around the United States. She hopes to return to teaching SOON. It is an amazing privilege to be given the trust of a roomful of students, and to be allowed to join them on a 13-week journey of exploration.

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