College of Social Sciences Dean Michelle DenBeste will host “Queering Slavic Studies and the Central Valley,” a conference featuring a multi-disciplinary approach to LGBTQ issues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Henry Madden Library, Room 3212. The conference will explore current research on the region, stories about activism and prospects for the future. When Dean DenBeste learned that the major Slavic Studies conference in the United States — Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) — would be held in San Francisco, she wanted the Fresno State community to have a chance to meet some of the preeminent scholars and activists here in Fresno and for scholars and community members to have a chance to interact.

Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and interact one- on-one with leading experts on these topics. Speakers include Fresno State faculty members and professors from the University of Helsinki. A student and community panel will feature the work they are doing in the Central Valley. The event is free and open to the public.