After Dark: Pride in Our Work

Thursday, June 23, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

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Pride is more than a party; it’s the culmination of working people contributing their perspectives to the bigger picture. Tonight, celebrate LGBTQ+ community members who are creating an inclusive future where everyone can be themselves in all parts of their work. Learn how they involve their identities in what they do, and then share your own experiences.

 

Queer the Future: Climate Justice
With Jaye Mejía-Duwan, Belinda Ramírez, Yanin Kramsky, and Jason Tester
7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Yanin Kramsky is unable to join us for tonight’s panel.

How can LGBTQ+ experiences prepare society to deal with the negative impacts of climate change? This panel of distinguished researchers will help us understand how the queer lens can be a powerful perspective for surviving and thriving in the world to come—and a strong foundation for imagining truly transformative alternatives. 

Jaye Mejía-Duwan uses ethnographic methods to investigate QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) agricultural collectives as exercises of anti-racist and anti-capitalist queer ecological kinship. Jaye’s work merges theoretical studies in queer-of-color ecology with material practices of social justice work and critical pedagogy.

Belinda Ramírez (they/them) received their PhD in sociocultural anthropology from UC San Diego. Their dissertation research dealt with the social, political, and economic dimensions of urban agriculture in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region, and they have engaged in statewide political advocacy for young farmers.

Yanin Kramsky (they/them) is a PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. Yanin is passionate about research methods that prioritize community involvement and agency, and about creating avenues for underserved youth to affect environmental change in their communities.

Moderated by Jason Tester (he/him), a strategic foresight researcher, facilitator, and speculative designer specializing in the cultural impacts of emerging technologies and social justice futures. Jason is currently a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Future. 

 

Science at the Intersection
With Germán Silva and Eli Ramos

8:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6 

Hear from two scientists, artists, and social justice activists about how they have incorporated their identities as LGBTQ+ individuals into their work.

Germán Silva (they/them) is a PhD student in Geography at UC Santa Barbara with an interest in coastal wetland ecosystems. They are an officer and past co-president of UCSB’s chapter of Out in STEM (oSTEM), where they started an oSTEM mentorship program for undergrads, increased grad student participation in the organization, and advocated for better inclusion and consideration of LGBTQ+ individuals in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

Eli Ramos (they/them) is a genetic microbiologist and the head of Aster Podcasting Network (APN), which is dedicated to creating fiction podcasts with diverse casts and characters across multiple genres. Ramos co-piloted the Striving for Trans Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Science Learning (STARS) program at the Exploratorium and the first Trans Day of Visibility event at the museum.

 

Wigs, Makeup, and Math: A Virtual Exhibit Tour!
With Kyne

6:00–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Want to learn more about math but don’t know where to start? World-class drag queen, YouTuber, TikTok star, and mathematics communicator Kyne is here to help! Tonight, you’ll find Kyne on screens around the museum. Through a virtual tour, she’ll explain math concepts related to exhibits including: The Bell Curve; Big Chair, Little Chair; Binary Adding Machine; Catenary Arch; and Pi Has Your Number.

In 2020, Kyne took to TikTok (@onlinekyne) to make short-form math videos where she tells riddles, gives lessons on history’s greatest mathematicians, and teaches her followers how to spot misleading statistics in media—all while dressed in high-glamor drag. Now with an audience of over one million followers across platforms, Kyne spreads her passion for math education and scientific literacy, and brings STEM education to the queer community and queerness to STEM.

 

Math, Myself, and I
With Kyne
6:30–9:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Microcinema 

Get to know Kyne through a fabulous recorded interview. You’ll learn how the world-class drag queen, YouTuber, TikTok star, and mathematics communicator got her start, how she discovered her love for math, and how her background informed the person she is today. 

 

Custom Pronoun Button Making
With the Visitor Experience Facilitators

6:30–9:00 p.m.
Crossroads

Create your own button showcasing your amazing pronouns! Use a template or blank slate to design, color, and embellish a free button. Then wear it proudly to let everyone know about you and to help normalize introducing your full self to everyone you meet. Our Visitor Experience Facilitator team will be there to help you get your beautiful buttons made.

The Visitor Experience Facilitators are a cohort of informal educators who help guests understand, question, and experience the museum on a deeper level. 

 

DJ Young Ella Baker
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Moore Gallery 4

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Young Ella Baker from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! 

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through hip-hop culture.


Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in our Seaglass Restaurant during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

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Pride at the Exploratorium is made possible with the generous support of General Motors.

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