San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Campbell Lecture Series presents
Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies
April 3, 4, and 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm
The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
From the McCarthy Era to Marriage Equality:
LGBT Culture and Politics since the 1950s
April 3: The Politics of Anti-Gay Discrimination in the McCarthy Era and Beyond
April 4: From Drag Balls to Vogue Balls: Black Gay Culture and Politics Before and After Stonewall
April 5: AIDS, the Lesbian Baby Boom, and the Campaign for Marriage Equality
George Chauncey is the Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, where he is also the co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities and past chair of the History Department and of LGBT Studies. He received his doctorate in history from Yale in 1989 and then taught for fifteen years at the University of Chicago, as well as for shorter stints at Rutgers, New York University, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 2012 he was awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.
Professor Chauncey is best known for his book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic, 1994), which won the Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Prize for the best book in social history and Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first book in any field of history, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award. He has also published Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today’s Debate over Gay Equality (Basic, 2004) and co-edited three books and special journal issues. He is currently completing another book, The Strange Career of the Closet: Race, The City, and Gay Culture and Politics from the Second World War to the Gay Liberation Era.
Since 1993, Chauncey has participated as a historian in more than thirty gay rights cases, including five that reached the Supreme Court. He organized and was lead author of the Historians’ Amicus Brief in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which the Court cited in its decision overturning the nation’s remaining sodomy laws. He also testified as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination in Romer v. Evans (1996) and the two same-sex marriage cases decided in 2013: Hollingsworth v. Perry, which invalidated California’s Prop 8 and restored the right to marry to that state’s gay couples, and Windsor v. United States, which struck down the core of the Defense of Marriage Act. Two years later he prepared the amicus brief on the history of antigay discrimination submitted by the Organization of American Historians, which the Supreme Court cited in its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 case that established the right of same-sex couples to marry nationwide. He has also served as historical consultant to several major public history projects, including exhibitions and lecture series at the New York Public Library, Chicago History Museum, and New-York Historical Society, and several documentary films. He is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
Where do I park?
Visitor parking is available in West Lot 1, the Alice Pratt Brown Visitor Lot. Access to this lot is easiest from Entrances #17 or #18 along Rice Boulevard or Entrance #8 on University Boulevard at Stockton. Please note that there is a nominal parking fee. Download a Rice Campus Map.
What time should I arrive?
We ask that you arrive prior to 5:45 pm. The lectures will start promptly at 6:00 pm. Due to the popularity of this event, unclaimed reservations will be given to overflow or wait-listed guests at 5:55 pm.
How long are the lectures?
The lectures, including questions from the audience, are expected to last approximately one hour. On Monday, April 3, guests are invited to a reception immediately following the presentation.
Will the lectures be made available online?
The lecures will be filmed for archival and educational purposes only. Unfortunately, due to contractual agreements, they will not be available for sale, rental or online streaming.
When & Where
Rice University | School of Humanities
The Campbell Lecture Series in Rice's School of Humanities is supported by a generous gift from T.C. Campbell, '34 through the Campbell Fund. Each year, the series brings a distinguished humanities scholar to campus to give lectures on a topic of broad humanistic interest. These are open to the entire Rice and Houston communities. Previous Campbell lecturers include Robert Pinsky (2005), Ha Jin (2006), Alix Ohlin (2007), Stephen Greenblatt (2008), James Cuno (2009), Zadie Smith (2010), Stanley Fish (2012), Patrick Summers (2013), Robert Wilson (2014), Michael Petry (2015), and Anne Wilkes Tucker (2016).
Through a special arrangement with the University of Chicago Press, the lectures are later published as a book. The most recent book published in the Campbell Lectures series at Chicago is Stanley Fish's Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution.