Join us for a frank and provocative conversation about the history of same-sex love and relationships in the Middle East and its significance for politics and social attitudes in the region today. The panel will discuss the contentious question of when homosexuality appeared in the Middle East and debate their differing viewpoints about the past. Are LGBT activists working to restore a lost era of tolerance for same-sex relationships? Or, are they coercing the people of the Middle East to conform to Western norms of sexuality while dismantling the region’s indigenous sexual practices?
Panelists will include Dr. Samar Habib of the University of London, Dr. Joseph Massad of Columbia University, and Dr. Everett Rowson of New York University
Sponsored by the Department of History; the Program in Middle East and Islamic Studies; and the Liberal Studies Project. With support from the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences; LGBT Center; the Program in Social Change; the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities; the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology; the McConnell Center; the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; the International, Diversity and Outreach Programs of the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program.
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