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Closeted/Out into the Quadrangles: a brief history of LGBTQ lifestyle during the University of Chicago

August 30, 2020

Closeted/Out into the Quadrangles: a brief history of LGBTQ lifestyle during the University of Chicago

In 2011, the guts for the research of Gender and Sexuality launched Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles, a task documenting lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgendered, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) life during the University of Chicago through the very very early 20th century through the current day. In Spring 2015, the task culminated in a event into the Special Collections Research Center at Regenstein Library and a permanent dental history archive that is accessed by generations to come of scientists and community people.

The project has contributed to building community and expertise around the history of sexuality across disciplines by providing undergraduate and graduate students at the University space for research and intergenerational mentorship in addition to producing new scholarship. In the last four years, the project has provided a annual undergraduate course, training pupils when you look at the training of dental history and archival research in sex and sex and exploring LGBTQ history. In Spring 2015, Lauren Stokes, task co-coordinator and display curator taught a program on worldwide sexualities (GNSE 22804) that coincided with all the exhibition in Special Collections.

Contexts of Coalition

Project Director: Chase Joynt, Postdoctoral Scholar, Sociology and CSGS

Coalitional politics and methods have traditionally been foundational principles of community-based initiatives that are activist and inspired the development of interdisciplinary pedagogies. Contexts of Coalition invites activists and designers focusing on the vanguard of social dilemmas to provide general public speaks and lead practice-based workshops at CSGS for interested individuals. Invited visitors consist of ACLU Staff Attorney Chase Strangio, musician and activist Syrus Marcus Ware, and Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon through the MTL group. (more…)