Date(s) - 02/07/2019 - 02/28/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

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ADemilio_sm four-part series of talks on the history of LGBTQ activism will be given by LGBTQ historian John D’Emilio on the four Thursdays of February, 6:30-8:00 pm at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (6500 North Clark Street).

The first talk, on February 7, will cover the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, when government persecutions were at their height, and “homophile” organizations began to form. The second talk, on February 14, will cover the period from the Stonewall Rebellion in New York in 1969, which gave birth to a liberation movement, until the onset of the AIDS epidemic at the beginning of the 1980s. The third talk, on February 21, will focus on the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s, and the profound impact it had on LGBTQ life in the U.S. as well as on activism. The final talk, on February 28, will deal with some of the key issues in the more recent period, since the mid-1990s. There will be time for comments, discussion, and questions in each session. Each session is independent.

John D’Emilio, the current president of the Gerber/Hart Library board of directors, has written several books on LGBTQ history and the history of sexuality, and taught LGBTQ studies at UIC for 15 years.