Fall 2013 Third Thursday Speaker Series
LGBT Studies Third Thursday events take place at noon in Holmes Student Center's Blackhawk Annex
Brad Sagarin, Professor of Psychology
"The Man I Loved But Never Knew"
My grandfather, Dr. Edward Sagarin, was a sociologist and criminologist at City University of New York. A few years after his death, my sister discovered a family secret: Grandpa was gay and had written a foundational book of the gay rights movement, The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach under the pseudonym Donald Webster Cory. In this Third Thursday, I'll share our story of secrets revealed and the rediscovery of my grandfather.
Carl Jenkins, NIU alum (1974)
"My Coming Out Party"
NIU alum Carl Jenkins (1974) talks about being an African American gay male on NIU’s campus in the 1970s. During his talk, he will share his experience of being out/outed and discuss what he and his peers did to address fears, find resources, and survive and thrive on campus.
Alan H. Boudreau, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
"Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S."
Ever feel like Alice in the rabbit hole when you try to figure out what is going on with same sex marriage in the U.S. and around the world? Even the simple question "Are you married?" can have different answers and meanings depending on context. Join us as we discuss the legal aspects of marriage for same sex couples and sort out this wonderful, confusing and evolving new world of marriage equality.