Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Feb 25, 2013
Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library

Katie Batza, History, will present "Doctors and Drag Queens: Building a Gay Medical Infrastructure in the Period Before AIDS." Against the backdrop of gay liberation and a venereal disease epidemic, community activists, gay performers, and gay medical professionals fought to change the medical and political understandings of homosexuality in the 1970s. This talk will explore some of the innovative public health, medical, and political tactics they used to re-frame homosexuality as an identity rather than an illness during this time period. Batza will then examine how the resulting medical infrastructure and shifting understandings of homosexuality reacted to the emergence of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s.  All faculty are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Adrienne Christiansen, ext. 6714

This event is for: Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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