Author George Chauncey to Discuss Gay Culture – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Author George Chauncey to Discuss Gay Culture

Colleges Host Third Speaker in Fisher Center Series

January 31, 2000 Geneva, NY – George Chauncey, author of the award-winning Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994), will deliver the third Winter Term address in the Fisher Center series on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Chauncey will present his lecture, “The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics,” at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Chauncey's lecture will focus on changes in personal identities since World War II, with relevance to many areas, including American social and cultural history, urban studies, American studies, and political science.

Chauncey is a professor of history at the University of Chicago, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on 20th century U.S. social, cultural and urban history, and the history of gender and sexuality. He is the author of Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, as well a many journal articles and collections, and is currently working on his newest book, The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Stonewall Era. He is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships, and one of the preeminent gay historians in the country.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was inaugurated in October, 1998, with an event titled “Engendering the Future: Educating Women, Educating Men, Educating Women and Men,” that featured noted experts Carol Gilligan, professor of psychology and the Patricia Albjerg Chair of Gender Studies at Harvard University, and Michael Kimmel, who has written and edited many books on the topic of masculinity, the most recent being Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996).

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