LIVE ON FACEBOOK--Nevada Humanities Salon: Reno's Gay Rodeo


Did you know that our community was home to the Reno Gay Rodeo during the 1970s and early 1980s? Joan Rivers was the grand marshal at one point, and the event sparked the National Gay Rodeo movement. Learn about this and other untold stories at The Salon: Reno’s Gay Rodeo on Friday, March 20, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m. UPDATE 3/18/20-- This event will now be broadcast live on Facebook.

Participants will include:

Lydia Huerta Moreno is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Communication at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a feminist decolonial interdisciplinary scholar. Her work focuses on the ethics of representation in cultural narratives centered on migration, human rights, violence, and race and gender in film and social media. Specifically, she studies the power of representations in shaping affects and moral attitudes in Latinx, Mexican, and Brazilian cultural studies.

Emily MacDiarmid is a recent graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism. During her studies, she focused on documentary and media research, and has presented various research reports and visual projects regarding representation and cultural relationships. MacDiarmid joined Bree Zender and Carly Savaugeau as co-director and director of photography to develop Rainbow Rodeo, a documentary about the gay rodeo movement. 

Louis Niebur is an associate professor of musicology at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research fields include avant-garde and popular music of the post-war era, including music in radio, television and film, and the significance of popular music to LGBTQ communities, particularly as it has shifted between live music, the jukebox and the disc jockey in the context of queer spaces. 

Bree Zender is one of the co-directors of the short documentary Rainbow Rodeo, which details the history of the Reno Gay Rodeo. She is the Morning Edition host at KUNR Public Radio in Reno, and also a graduate student at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

The bi-monthly Salon series features a panel discussion with topics relevant to the humanities in Nevada. This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Event date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509