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Lecture: Public History, Learning, and Service with and for LGBTQ+ Communities

Thursday, February 20, 2020
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Spring 2020 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Common Cause: Public History, Learning, and Service with and for LGBTQ+ Communities" and will be presented by Clarissa Ceglio (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Recent years have seen important developments among mainstream museums in terms of working to become more inclusive of LGBTQ+ histories, cultures, and arts. Attention is also being paid to making museums more welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. Queer professionals and activists, both within and outside the museum field, have led the way—but not without resistance. In this lecture, I will highlight some of these developments and discuss a few local public history projects, currently underway, that are dedicated to restoring LGBTQ+ persons and experiences to our understanding of the state’s and UConn’s past. The focus will be on how public history, as a practice of service and learning, can open opportunities to deepen the common cause for social justice.

Biography: Clarissa Ceglio, PhD, is associate director of research for Greenhouse Studios/Scholarly Communications Design at UConn and assistant professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Fine Art’s Digital Media & Design Department. In addition to researching how U.S. museums have participated in the production of national and other identities across the 20th century, she collaborates with communities, museums, libraries, and archives on public history projects. This work includes engaging students in service-learning collaborations with Connecticut Landmark’s Palmer-Warner House, which aspires to be the Connecticut’s first house museum dedicated to telling the state’s LGBTQ+ histories, and UConn’s Rainbow Center.

The lectures are open to all to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, School of Fine Arts, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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