Vanishing Regions: The Specter of Climate Change by Jamaljé Bassue

Endless research has been done to affirm the causal relationship between mankind and climate change, more specifically global warming. Irrefutable evidence now exists that confirms a significant deviation in global phenomenon from expected annular cycles. Rigorous debate is ongoing regarding the mitigation of climate change. As a result of these debates, there was the birth … [Read more…]

Sea Level Rise and the Maldives by Nayyifa Nihad and Azyan Hameed

Maldives is located southwest of India. It is a low-lying chain of islands that consists of 26 atolls and about 1,200 islands. The country’s population is approximately 400,000 people and the official language is Dhivehi–a derivative of Sanskrit with Indo-Aryan roots. The highest point in the Maldives is 1.2 meters, and 99 percent of the … [Read more…]

Call for Submissions on Water by April 11th

Monthly Topic – April 2017 Each issue includes a monthly theme. April’s issue will focus on water initiatives and perspectives at OU. Submission Deadline: April 11th, 11:50pm. Submissions should focus on: OU inititives – How are professors researching and teaching this topic? What are some exciting student group initiatives? What is OU doing to conserve … [Read more…]

Gender and Identity at OU | March 28, 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 5

Table of Contents Upcoming Events Cover Story: Gender Is a Construct, but It Can Feel Like Home Article: An Interview with Dr. Misha Klein Article: Science Speaks Poem: The First Art: Hyper-Masculine/-Feminine Article: Professor’s Perspective: Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen Article: Once Man, Now Irrelevant Art: Laverne Cox Article: Gender Identity & Gender Expression: Professor’s Perspective with Dr. Worthen Poem: Fireproof Sunflower Art: Unto the Pure Article: Interview with … [Read more…]

Earth by Scout Hossaini Anvar

Carrying the feeling that my body does not match my mind and questioning whether something is wrong with me are the struggles that I face as a queer trans* person of color. This piece is part of a concentration of mine, an experimentation with expressing versus presenting gender, the goals of my own social activism, and a … [Read more…]

Gender-Neutral Restrooms at OU by Rachel Whitfield

If you would like a copy of this map to print, download, or share, the PDF version is available here. Rachel Whitfield is the Director of Marketing for FORUM and a student graphic designer for OU Human Resources. She is a sophomore double majoring in Writing and Marketing with a Spanish minor.

Interview with Dr. Susan Stryker

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Julia Ehrhardt, featured in last month’s issue of FORUM, moderated an Honors College reading group which came to be known affectionately by some of its members as “Gay Book Club.” It began with Redefining Realness, a memoir by Janet Mock, who told the story of her growing up, coming of … [Read more…]