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Construction of Queer Identities in the U.S. Military

Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center at Student Union S.U. 403

The Rainbow Center's Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Timothy R. Bussey, entitled, "The Construction of Queer Identities in the U.S. Military."

This lecture will examine the ways that the U.S. military and Department of Defense have constructed gay and lesbian identities as a threat to national security, since the end of World War I. Additionally, this work utilizes a historical perspective and grounds itself in evidence from some of the following primary sources: court-marshal transcripts from World War I, Congressional reports on hearings, Department of Defense statements, and internal memorandums from governmental agencies like the Pentagon and Congress. As such, the lecture will provide an overview of queer histories within the U.S. military, along with a conceptualization of the rationale used to ban such service members from the ranks.

Timothy Bussey is a second-year graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His undergraduate education was completed both at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. His current research interests lie in American politics and international relations with a specific interest in queer and racial minorities within the context of American foreign policy.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

Admission Fee: Free and open to all


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