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Talk: "To Survive on This Shore" With Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre, Gloria Allen, and Mary Statzer

Join us for a conversation with photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre on the making of 'To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults.'

Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. They will be joined by participant Gloria Allen, who will speak about her identity and share her experience being part of 'To Survive on This Shore.'

This conversation will be moderated by Mary Statzeer, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

A reception will follow the talk.
The event is free and open to the public.

This event will also be presented via Zoom. For those who would prefer to attend online instead of in person, registration is required for access (external link).

Photo credit: Jess T. Dugan

This special presentation is hosted by the Center for Advanced Study and Artists' Alley, McKinley Foundation and is cosponsored by the Department of Gender & Women's Studies and Uniting Pride (UP) Center.

About the Speakers:

  • JESS T. DUGAN | Independent artist
  • VANESSA FABBRE | Associate Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • GLORIA ALLEN | Chicago activist, transgender icon "Mama Gloria." Read more about Gloria here.
  • MARY STATZER | Curator of Prints and Photographs, University of New Mexico Art Museum

Current pandemic policies/restrictions require visitors to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.

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For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study (external link) or call (217) 333-6729.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.