WGS Professor Shannon Gilreath will participate in a discussion about history and sexual identity titled, “Gay Berlin and its Contemporary Aftermath.” The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. It is free and open to the public.
Professor Gilreath will join former WFU History Professor Robert Beachy, author of “Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity,” and current history professor at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Professor Beachy will discuss the 19th century German invention of homosexuality and the way sexual identity evolved during a turbulent time in German history.
Professor Gilreath, author of “The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation,” will contribute ideas from recent debates about sexual identity to show how Professor Beachy’s work can inform our contemporary dialogue. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A period.
“This discussion, rooted as it will be in history, promises fascinating insights into issues that divide Americans today but are rarely examined with any sense of history,” says Associate Dean for International Affairs Dick Schneider, who organized the event and will introduce the speakers.
The event is co-sponsored by Wake Forest College, the Department of History and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.