Join the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our annual lecture to kick-off LGBTQ+ History Month this October!
Our invited speaker, Dr. Sherry Zane of the University of Connecticut, will be delivering a lecture, entitled "Surveilling Sex: FDR and the Section A Crusades, 1919-1923."
In this lecture, Dr. Zane will explore the enduring importance of gender and sexual identity in shaping the US national security state. Explicit national security interests were not originally limited to international concerns. Rather, domestic anxieties about gender and same-sex acts during WWI fueled state expansion and increased surveillance of citizens’ private lives. The rooting out of gender and sexual “deviants” occurred at the exact same time that the state was reacting to exacerbated fears over socialists, radical women, immigrants and African Americans.
The characterization of those fears on the body elicited policy driven responses on how to best protect Americans from these threats. This talk thus illuminates the various ways in which images and political texts of the World War I era aligned national interests with a white, cisgender, heteronormative, able body and thereby ensured the mutual dependence, between identity and policy.
Dr. Sherry Zane is the associate director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. Her current work focuses on how intersectional constructs of gender, sexuality and race shape the national body and its core values, thereby fueling the expansion of a national security state in the early 20th century. She is also concerned with educating university staff, administrators, and instructors on the importance of inclusivity for transgender and gender non-binary students, and she has recently published a webinar with Magna Publications titled, “Simple Strategies to Create an Inclusive Classroom for Gender Variant Students."
Funding provided by the Student LGBTQ+ Diversity Fund.
Thursday, October 4 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Community Foundation Theater in the Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive, Gambier, Ohio 43022