Apr. 04, 2011

SUNY Geneseo Diversity Lecture to Feature Pioneer in Gay and Lesbian Studies

John D'Emilio

GENESEO, N.Y. - A professor of gender and women's studies and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, John D'Emilio, will deliver the annual President's Diversity Lecture April 7 at 4 p.m. in SUNY Geneseo's Newton Hall Room 202. D'Emilio will address "Rethinking Gay History. Or Richard Nixon: Gay Liberationist?" The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

D'Emilio is a pioneer in the developing field of gay and lesbian studies. He is the author of more than a half dozen books, including "Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States;" "Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in American;" and "Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin." U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quoted "Intimate Matters" in the 2003 Lawrence vs. Texas case that declared state sodomy statutes unconstitutional.

D'Emilio has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He received the Brudner Prize from Yale for lifetime contributions to gay and lesbian studies.

A former co-chair of the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he also was the founding director of its Policy Institute.

When not working, D'Emilio watches old movies, solves Sudoku puzzles and searches for New York-style pizza in Chicago.

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