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Think you know everything there is to know about American history? Well, think again. Instead of registering for a large U.S. History survey course, you should check out “20th Century United States Lesbian and Gay History” which will be taught by Dr. Mollie Marchione (Mar-ki-o-nay) this summer.
So, what makes this course so different from other American history courses?
Dr. Marchione leads students through an American timeline of sorts, examining LGBT history throughout the decades of the 20th century. The class embraces social history – stories about ordinary people just like us – and how it fits into the bigger picture of major historical events. For instance, did you know that the terms homosexuality and heterosexuality, which many of us now take for granted when we distinguish and identify ourselves, are 20th-century creations?
This course also introduces students to classic gay and lesbian texts, not usually covered in other history courses, to pinpoint the social groups during various eras of American history. From the turn of the century through the World Wars to present day, students will examine what was happening to society in the shadow of war and nuclear threat as people retreated to home and hearth, and what that meant for the gay and lesbian community. Military service, urban migration, anti-homosexual movements in the government, and many more topics are addressed in class. Race and class within the lesbian and gay communities are also studied.
Students will undertake a self-reflective mini-ethnography, tracing early LGBT activity at UT in the 1970s and the current campus perceptions regarding the LGBTQ community. Ultimately, Dr. Marchione hopes that students will have a richer understanding of the world around them and examine present-day LGBTQ struggles with a new awareness.
“I think my students are enjoying it, as much as students can enjoy coming to class,” Dr. Marchione describes the class this semester. She notes that there has been an equal number of both males and females enrolled in her previous classes with different backgrounds but all having receptive minds.
In addition to a PhD in History, Dr. Marchione is the Associate Director for the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, where she also currently serves as the Graduate Adviser.
This course partially fulfills the legislative requirement for American history and carries both a Cultural Diversity in the U.S. and a Writing flag.
- Banner is from an ad for Arrow Collar by J.C. Leyendecker
- Photo is from Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro American Male Affections by Trent Kelly
- Dos Mujeres y Paisaje by Victor Manuel Garcia