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Gender and Women's Studies

Spring 2013

Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

September 26, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Kate Brown is a leading historian of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, specializing in environmental history, the history of science and technology, and spatial history. In her latest book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, she provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union.

Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is an Associate Professor of History at UMBC. She is the author of A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) which won among a handful of prizes including the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History. Brown has published articles in the American Historical Review, Slate, Aeon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's on-line edition, Kritika, and the TLS. She is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, the International Research and Exchange Board, the Eurasia Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University's Davis Center, and the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC. Currently Brown is working on a collection of essays called Being There, about the hapless adventures of an historian trying to recover the lost histories of modernist wastelands.

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GWS/WRC/RCSGD End of Semester Picnic

GWS/WRC/RCSGD End of Semester Picnic

May 9, 20135:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Backyard of Boody-Johnson House

Open House/Cookout
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
MAY 9, 2013

BOODY-JOHNSON HOUSE, 256 MAINE STREET

Join faculty, staff, and students to relax, unwind, and share a fun meal after the last day of classes. Sponsored by the Gender and Women's Studies Program, the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the Women's Resource Center.

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Vagina Monologues Show

Vagina Monologues Show

February 16, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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Vagina Monologues Show

Vagina Monologues Show

February 15, 20137:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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Why the Political Homophobia of the 1950s?

Why the Political Homophobia of the 1950s?

February 5, 20138:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Why the anti-gay repression of the 1950s? One leading answer points to the social impact of the Second World War and post-war demobilization. Far-reaching shifts in gender roles created opportunities for political elites to promote gender conformity. But if society was already deeply homophobic, why were there no gay rights groups before the repression of the 1950s? No such groups emerged in fact until the federal government promoted anti-gay stigma. This talk will describe how and why anti-gay repression broke out within the federal government, creating an era of "straight government" that has taken until the Obama presidency to completely dismantle.

The principal speaker will be Rick Valelly, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 1993. Professor Valelly is the author of American Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and Radicalism in the States: The American Political Economy and the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party (University of Chicago Press, 1989). In 2009 he published Princeton Readings in American Politics. Professor Valelly is currently researching the political development of LGBT rights in the U.S. with a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Commenting upon Professor Valelly's talk will be Steve Engel, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College. He is the author of two books, The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and American Politicians Confront the Court: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Professor Engel is currently working on a new book which examines sexuality from a developmental perspective and which aims to shed light on how US governing institutions define the parameters of sexual citizenship and how that process reflexively affects the development of the state.

Sponsored by the Department of Government & Legal Studies with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund. Co-sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Studies Program, and The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Free and open to the public.

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