Adam Greteman

He/Him/His Age: born in 1983

Adam J. Greteman (he/him/his) is a co-founder and co-facilitator of the LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project. I am 39 years old and was born in 1983 in Carroll, Iowa, USA. I am currently an Associate Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I am a philosopher of education and queer studies scholar. I am the author of Sexualities and Genders in Education: Toward Queer Thriving (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018), which received the Outstanding Book Award from The Society of Professors of Education. I am also the co-author (with Kevin Burke) of On Being Liked: Queer Subjects and Religious Discourses (Myers Education Press, 2021) as well as The Pedagogies and Politics of Liking (Routledge, 2017). During the Spring semester 2023 I will be a Hunt-Simes Junior Visiting Chair of Sexuality Studies with the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre at the University of Sydney. As such, I will only be able to join the dialogues at the very beginning of the semester and the very end. However, I will look forward to updates while I am away and being part of planning behind the scenes with the other co-facilitators.

I co-founded the project with Karen Morris and Todd Williams in 2019 as a way to bring together LGBTQ+ young people and elders to meet in a sustained, critical, and generative way. Personally, this project came out of almost a decade of volunteering at the Center of Halsted for their Senior Services Program where I had the opportunity to learn from a diverse array of LGBTQ+ elders and further my own education in the possibilities, pleasures, and challenges of LGBTQ+ life across the lifespan. Some of these elders have importantly become part of my own "logical" or "chosen" family. I continue co-facilitating this project because of the absolute joy and wonder it brings to me and the lessons I continue to learn from younger and older LGBTQ+ folks. I could not have imagined what has come out of conversations in the summer of 2019, but I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this community centered and educational work.

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