LGBTQ History Website Update

On June 1st and 2nd, a meeting was held by the Advisory Board of the LGBTQ History
Website project at the Graduate Center. Many renowned queer history scholars were in
attendance: Julie Abraham, Amy Beth, Sarah Chinn, John D’Emilio, Martin Duberman, Steven
Fullwood, Paula Grant, Karen Krahulik, Tey Meadow, Mimi McGurl, Leisa Meyer, Joanne
Meyerowitz, Esther Newton, Tavia Nyong’o, Saskia Scheffer, Polly Thistlethwaite, Todd White.
Robert Benton graciously volunteered to moderate the meeting, and the delicious catering
was donated by Florent Morellet of Restaurant Florent. This meeting, convened by Jonathan
Ned Katz, the Acting Director, and James Arnett, the Project Coordinator, was a great success
and saw the design and development of a short and long term vision for the website
project, which is generously funded in a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation.
The meeting accomplished its various goals in an atmosphere of lively scholarly debate
and discussion. The website project is now fast on its way to becoming a reality. Jonathan’s
original vision has been retained and augmented—the site aims to provide in-depth historical
information in a vibrant and eye-catching format, designed to appeal to a wide range of viewers.
After much exciting discussion, the group hit on the most promising vision; the site is to
be understood as an online museum, replete with curated exhibits highlighting deep, narrative
historical units compiled, researched and written by renowned scholarly volunteers. These
‘exhibits’ will change frequently to refl ect new content, and users will be able to move around
the site as if they were virtually navigated a museum space. Jonathan’s tireless devotion to
the project has been the driving force behind its realization, and everyone at CLAGS and all
those involved in the project are fortunate to have his boundless enthusiasm on board.