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Men Will Be Men: Public Sex from the Tuileries to the Fenway
Tue, March 28, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
A joint lecture by Stephen Shapiro of Bennington College and Marvin Kabakoff of The History Project
How has the phenomenon of cruising evolved over time? What can we learn about the men who sought diversion in the public parks of Paris three centuries ago? How can their stories enlighten our perspective on local cruising venues still in existence? Join us for engaging and informative presentation on the evolution of subterranean sexual activity – the inaugural event in The History Project’s Out in Public lecture series.
Presented by The History Project in partnership with Fenway Health
Stephen Shapiro is a professor of French at Bennington College and the editor of French 17: An Annotated Bibliography of Seventeenth-Century French Studies. His work focuses on early-modern French literature and culture. He has published work on the memoires of La Rochefoucauld, Mademoiselle de Montpensier, early-modern historiography, culinary history, and the modern myth of France’s Grand Siècle. He is currently working on a cultural history of homosexuality in early modern Paris.
Marvin Kabakoff has been a History Project Board member since 2013. Prior to retirement, he worked as an appraisal archivist for the National Archives for over 35 years. He received his B.A. in history from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in European history from Washington University in St. Louis. He also taught archival appraisal at the Simmons College Library School. Marvin lives in Jamaica Plain and is the service leader at Am Tikva, Boston’s LGBT synagogue.