The Historical Development of BIPOC Trans-Spiritual Leadership Launch Party

Launch Party for New Exhibit:
The Historical Development of BIPOC Trans-spiritual Leadership
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Enoch Page, Ph.D., Curator & Content Manager
Doris Malkmus, LGBTQ-RAN Archivist

On December 7, 2023, LGBTQ-RAN held a preview and launch of our newest online exhibit on The Historical Development of BIPOC Trans-spiritual Leadership.  Initiated through a special gift from Sr. Luisa Derouen, LGBTQ-RAN invited Enoch Page, Ph.D. to be the curator and content manager for this online presentation.  In this exhibit Dr. Page weaves together historical analysis, interviews, artifacts and images to explore the historical context and development of BIPOC trans-spiritual leadership. Recognizing that transgender people have always existed in every ethnic group, this exhibit takes a multi-faceted, long-ranging look at how some transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people of color of the past and in the present have been working to reclaim the right of their communities to practice their spirituality.

Enoch Page, Ph.D. (he/him) served as tenured Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for twenty years until his retirement in 2012.  His current areas of research include the emerging primacy of consciousness, the impact of climate change on the structures and practices of racism/whiteness, and the opportunities and constraints surrounding elder transgender wellness and end-of-life issues. He runs the Wishing Well Writing and Editing Company. 

Doris Malkmus (she/her) earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Archival Science from the University of Michigan. Doris also conducted oral history projects at the Iowa Women's Archives and the Sisters of Loretto in Kentucky. She retired as archivist at Penn State. Doris initially served as LGBTQ-RAN archivist and oral historian from 2002 until 2005 and then returned to the team in 2017 in order to fulfill her passion for helping individuals contribute their personal narratives to a broader social history.