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Welcome to the Roc Rainbow Rally

Welcome to the Roc Rainbow Rally In-Person

Wednesday, October 18
6:00pm–7:30pm, Hawkins Carlson, Rush Rhees Library

Welcome to the Roc Rainbow Rally! The welcome event features a celebration of International Pronouns Day with Col Raimond, director of LGBTQ Life at the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, and the panel discussion “From Shared Experiences to Shared Collections: Building Analog and Virtual Queer Spaces”

Panel speakers

RJ Alcalá ʼ71E, a collector, activist, and public speaker

Gerry Szymanski, librarian for the Lilac Library and reserves and digital services librarian at Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music

Lisa Wright, a digitization specialist for the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester


Jessica Lacher-Feldman, exhibits and special collections project manager for the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) at the University of Rochester


Many local organizations have collaborated on collecting and preserving artifacts and stories to celebrate the queer community in Rochester. This panel dives into how we will build on their efforts with conversation about how archiving existing collections in the digital era allows us to learn from, appreciate, and enrich this history. 

Reception to follow in RBSCP. LGBTQ+ resources from local organizations will be available. Please register for the event.

This event is part of the Roc Rainbow Rally, view the full schedule here. 

The Roc Rainbow Rally is made possible with generous support from Mary Ann Mavrinac Studio X · Digital Media Studies · River Campus Libraries Excellence Fund · Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, & Preservation · Digital Scholarship · The Rossell Hope Robbins Library · Edward G. Miner Library · The Barbara J. Burger iZone · Writing, Speaking, & Argument Program · Art & Art History · Visual & Cultural Studies · Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies · Philosophy · Susan B. Anthony Center · The Center for Community Engagement · Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center · The Learning Center ·The Greene Center · LGBTQ+ Network · Rochester Rainbow Union.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
* Hawkins-Carlson Room (Rush Rhees 105) (Map )
Rush Rhees

Registration is required. There are 74 seats available.

Event Organizer

Emily Sherwood