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Lecture: Queer Resistance

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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, "Queer Resistance, or, No One in America Gets What They Deserve Just Because the Deserve It" and it will be presented by Thomas Long.

Synopsis: This presentation engages both national history and personal history. It will begin with a historical survey of resistance to civil government and social injustice in North America, from the Colonial era to the present, with special attention to race and gender. Then it will focus on queer resistance in the late 20th century and early 21st century, including personal experiences of Dr. Tom Long, who first engaged in queer community organizing and activism in 1976 while in graduate school.

Biography: Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long is associate professor in residence in the UConn School of Nursing and serves on the core faculty of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. A former Roman Catholic priest, he earned a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1981. A professor of English language and American studies, he is the author of AIDS and American Apocalypticism: The Cultural Semiotics of an Epidemic. He has contributed book chapters to The Male Body in Medicine and Literature (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming), Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing (Routledge, 2013), On the Meaning of Friendship between Gay Men (Routledge, 2008), Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Gender and Apocalyptic Desire (Equinox, 2005.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Human Rights Institute, Together, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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