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Lecture: Nice for What? The Historical Limits of Respectability Politics, 1969-2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

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.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Nice for What? The Historical Limits of Respectability Politics, 1969-2019" and it will be presented by Micki McEyla (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Micki McElya will discuss the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising as an opportunity for considering the limitations of LGBT politics of equality and liberal inclusion and the unfinished work of queer liberation.

Biography: Micki McElya is Professor of History and Director of the Provost’s Initiative for Gender Diversity in Academic Leadership at UConn. She specializes in the histories of women, gender, race, and sexuality in the U.S. from the Civil War to the present, with emphasis on political culture and memory. Her book, The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery (Harvard, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and winner of a 2018 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and the 2017 Sharon Harris Book Award. She is also author of Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America (Harvard, 2007) and at work on a new book entitled Liberating Beauty: Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, and Miss America.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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