The Courage to Connect: Sexuality, Citizenship and Community with Sandra Faiman-Silva, Ph.D.
October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Provincetown, a delightful tourist destination at the tip of Cape Cod, has become a safe and welcoming mecca for GLBTQs and straights. How did Provincetown, originally a Portuguese fishing village and remote artist enclave, become so GLBTQ? And, what have been the challenges brought by GLBTQ/straight intersections as newcomers brought sometimes radically different lifestyles, some of which challenged traditional heteronormative ways of being? Today, Provincetowners again confront economic and racial/ethnic changes, further challenging a dominant theme as a ‘welcoming community’ and the town’s identity as a racially, ethnically and gender diverse fishing village. This book talk will explore forces of persistence and change in 20th Century Provincetown, how and whether the traditional charm and ambience of Provincetown will endure.
Sandra Faiman-Silva, Ph.D. is Professor emerita of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University, where she served as Department Chair and taught for more than 30 years. Areas of specialization include gender, ethnicity, political economy, Latin America, and Native North America. In her book, The Courage to Connect: Sexuality, Citizenship and Community in Provincetown (U Illinois 2004), she explores GLBTQ/straight intersections, overcoming difference and community culture-building in Provincetown. A mother of three sons, four grandchildren and a great grandson, she enjoys engaging in progressive politics, pottery-making, gardening, and photography. She lives in Falmouth on Cape Cod.