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Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability: Archives, History, and Memory

Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Library Company of Philadelphia

Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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5:30 - 6:30 pm, Reception at the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

6:30 - 8:00 pm, Lecture at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street

The presentation will use the case of Philadelphia LGBT history to consider how and why we remember some historical subjects and forget others and what can happen to the specifically sexual dimensions of the past when historians, librarians, archivists, publishers, and others construct and reconstruct historical narratives.


Marc Stein is a historian of sexuality, a political activist, and an award-winning teacher, writer, editor, and scholar. After more than two decades of teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Colby College, and York University, he was appointed the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University this year. He lived in Philadelphia, where he completed a Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania, from 1989 to 1996. The author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 2000), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012), he also served as the editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (Scribners, 2003). Stein is the former editor of Gay Community News in Boston, the former chair of the American Historical Association’s Committee on LGBT History, and the current chair of the Organization of American Historians’ Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories.


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Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


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