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Lect: Same-Sex Acts & Origins of a Nat'l Security State

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Same-Sex Acts and the Origins of a National Security State in the Early Twentieth Century" and will be presented by Sherry Zane.

Synopsis: This lecture will explore how categories of gender, sexual identity, and race shaped U.S. national security interests on the World War I homefront from 1917-1921 in Newport, Rhode Island. United States government officials, including Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt, attempted to restrict same-sex acts when he and others authorized enlisted men and officers to entrap, arrest, and otherwise penalize male-identified sailors and civilians for having sex with other men. Military officials believed that this behavior inhibited the United States’ ability to win the war and, therefore, threatened national security. The court martial hearings reveal how early twentieth-century gender and queer identities shaped the origins of a national security state that would have a lasting impact on military policies and body politics long after the war ended. Biography: Dr. Sherry Zane is the Associate Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UCONN. Her current work focuses on how intersectional constructs of gender, sexuality, and race shape national security concerns well before the National Security Act of 1947. Sherry is also concerned with educating university staff, administrators, and instructors on the importance of inclusivity for transgender and gender non-binary students, and she has recently published a webinar with Magna Publications titled, “Simple Strategies to Create an Inclusive Classroom for Gender Variant Students” this past spring. Sherry received her Ph.D. in U.S. History in 2012.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), Together, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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