Distinguished Historian to Speak at Gustavus

Posted on September 11th, 2010 by

The Gustavus History Department is pleased to host distinguished historian Kevin Mumford who will deliver a public lecture titled “Untangling Pathology: Black Gay History before Stonewall” on Monday October 11th at 7:00 pm in SSC 101.  Professor Mumford teaches at the University of Iowa, where he serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of History, and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.  His fascinating research focuses on the history of race and social inequality in the United States, including “the intersection of race and sexuality.”  As part of that work he has embarked on an important oral history project “aimed at recovering the contributions of black gay, homosexual, or bisexual men to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.”  Among his numerous publications is the book-length study Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century.  Professor Mumford is also Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of History at Iowa.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following his lecture.  Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Lecture Series; Departments of History and Political Science; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program; Peace Studies; Office of Diversity Development and Multicultural Programs; and President’s Office.


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