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are the lips a graveLynne Huffer, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Emory Magazine in the “Secret Lives” column.

By day, Huffer is a professor at Emory, but her secret life as an expert skier is the focus of the article. A skier since the age of three, she has tackled the most difficult slopes in downhill skiing—those with a double black diamond rating—and even spent time as a ski instructor.

In her not so secret life, Professor Huffer’s fields of study include feminist theory; queer theory; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; modern French and francophone literature; literary theory; and ethics. Her published work is widely cited and reviewed, and she is frequently invited to speak at both academic and non-academic venues. She has won numerous awards, including two major teaching prizes at Rice University and, most recently, the Modern Languages Association Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship in English (2011). She is the author of four books: Are the Lips a Grave? (2013); Mad for Foucault (2010); Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures (1998); and Another Colette (1992); and numerous articles on feminist theory, queer theory, French literature, and ethics.

She is currently working on two book projects: a memoir, Sleeping Sickness and Other Queer Histories; and a philosophical exploration of eros as a modern, transformative concept of life. She is also working on a series of artists books in collaboration with the visual artist Jennifer Yorke.

Check out Professor Huffer’s interview on the importance of having a public voice at

Aby Parsons 13G, GALA Co-Chair and Founding Director of the LGBTQIA Resource Center at Georgia Tech, will celebrate her one-year anniversary in that position on April 1st. Aby became the Founding Director on the Center last year following a national search. In her role as Director, Aby is responsible for delivering workshops on LGBTQIA inclusion, developing policies that enhance LGBTQIA student well-being, and implementing programs for faculty, students, staff and alumni. Aby has already adapted some of the successful initiatives that she worked on with Michael Shutt and Danielle Steele in Emory’s Office of LGBT Life for the Tech community, including student-led discussion groups and Safe Space trainings. Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA Resource Center is the fourth Center of its kind in Georgia after Emory, University of Georgia, and Kennesaw State University.

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