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Lecture Series in LGBTQ2S+ Studies

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) is launching a campaign to establish an endowed lecture series in LGBTQ2S+ studies. The CIH will bring to our city new voices in the conversation on LGBTQ2S+ topics each year. As our recent LGBTQ2S+ Calgary history map shows, the University of Calgary has, for decades, been a prominent advocate and voice for the LGBTQ2S+ community. An annual lecture in LGBTQ2S+ studies will be a powerful demonstration of the University's continuing commitment to diversity.

In August 2019, with the generous support of Alumni Partnerships, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities launched the inaugural lecture at the Central Library: a talk by historian George Chauncey, author of Gay New York: New York Gay Life Before Stonewall. Since 1993, Prof. Chauncey has participated as an expert witness in more than thirty gay rights cases in the US, changing the course of LGBTQ history in our era. In 2020, the CIH invited Dr. Lillian Faderman, an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, to discuss her work. She is the author of The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle and the New York Times Notable Books, Surpassing the Love of Men and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers. With prominent voices such as these, we anticipate this annual lecture will have an enduring impact on Calgary's culture.

Our ultimate goal is to raise an endowment of $200,000 to ensure funding for this lecture into the future.

 
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