Kenneth Valente

Kenneth Valente

Professor of Mathematics and LGBT Studies
Colgate University

K. G. Valente is professor of mathematics and director of LGBTQ Studies at Colgate University, where he holds a joint appointment in mathematics and the interdisciplinary liberal arts CORE. For the past five years he has also served as chair of the university's First-Year Seminar and Global Engagements programs. He led the faculty working group that was successful in establishing LGBTQ studies at Colgate in 2009. His research focuses on the history of mathematics, science, and ideas. A recently published essay on the British code breaker Alan Turing in Mathematics in Popular Culture integrates these themes with queer theory.

Developing and Expanding LGBTQ Courses, Concentrations and Programs

LGBTQ courses, concentrations, and programs can be created (and preexisting programs expanded) to fit specific curricular needs at any type of institution. This workshop will provide a guided forum of best practices and models developed by attendees and presenters, in order to spark ideas about transforming curriculum and improving student learning. We will provide diverse examples of courses, concentrations, and programs that work in a variety of institutional settings. We will also engage in a critical conversation about future directions in LGBTQ and sexuality studies. This session is intended for faculty and administrators interested in developing these courses, concentrations, and programs, as well as for those wanting to improve or update existing offerings.