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History professor to sign copies of 'Queer History' at Rainbow Book Fair
3/18/11

Vicki Eaklor, professor of history at Alfred University, will be among the panelists for “Writing the Queer Past” at the third annual Rainbow Book Fair, which will be held rom 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, 208 W. 13th St, New York, NY.

Eaklor is the author of Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the United States, which will be released in paperback this month. The panel is scheduled for 2:15-3:30 p.m. Joining Eaklor on the panel will be authors Christopher Bram, Brenda Marshall, and James Wilson. Moderator is Sarah Chinn.

Eaklor will be signing copies of her book immediately after the panel discussion.

Queer America is a decade-by-decade review of GLBT history, from the start of the 20tth through today, and the impact the issues and events have had on the United States. “Placing GLBT people at the center of the history of the 20th century, Vicki L. Eaklor’s Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the 20th Century is a major new effort to popularize a long-overlooked chapter in the American experience,” according to a reviewer. “Eaklor brings the steady hand and perspective of an historian to the task of writing a sweeping work of narrative nonfiction that is both meaningful and relevant to all Americans.”

Eaklor has also been invited to present a paper, “Queer Problems in Queering History,” at the 2011 University of North Carolina – Asheville Queer Studies Conference, to be held March 31-April 2.
She will be signing copies of her book at Firestorm Café and Books in Asheville, NC, at 4:30 p.m. April 2.

Eaklor, who has taught at Alfred University since 1984 and who is a nationally recognized expert on American history and culture, as well as gender and sexuality in the United States, is an editor of Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights into the Mainstream: Twenty Years of Progress, a memoir of Steve Endean, founder of the Human Rights Campaign, published in 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc.

Queer America: A GLBT History of the United States was originally published in March 2008 by Greenwood Press.

Eaklor is former chair and governing board member of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History, an affiliate of the American Historical Association with international membership.

Winner of multiple “Excellence in Teaching” awards at Alfred University, Eaklor also received the Abigail Allen Award from the University in 2004 in recognition of her service to women, and she has been the advisor to Spectrum, AU’s GLBT student organization.

A graduate of Adams (CO) State College with degrees in history and secondary music education, Eaklor earned an M.A. in Music and an M.A. in History, both from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She received her Ph.D. degree in History, also from Washington University, in 1982.

For more information on Eaklor: http://las.alfred.edu/fac...

For information about her new book: http://www.thenewpress.co...

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