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George Chauncey


               George Chauncey is a social and cultural historian of the United States whose research and teaching focus on urbanism, gender, sexuality, subjectivity, and social movements in the twentieth century. He is the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books, 1994), which won the Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Award for the best book in social history and Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the best first book in any field of history, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today's Debate over Gay Equality (Basic Books, 2004) and coeditor of three books and special journal issues. He is currently completing The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Gay Liberation Era, which reconstructs the racially-segregated and class-stratified African American, Latino, and white gay male worlds and sexual cultures of postwar New York City, analyzes the sources of postwar antihomosexualism, and reinterprets the development of gay politics and the transformation of urban liberalism. He seeks to use changes in gay social organization, culture and consciousness from the 1950s to 1970s to illuminate the broader changes in the city, subjectivity, nationalism, and race of which they were a part. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, National Humanities Center, American Council of Learned Societies, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, and New York University School of Law.

Friday, March 10, 8 p.m. Kedzie 106: George Chauncey will speak on "Why Come Out of the Closet?"


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