Friday, October 30, 2009

The Straight State at the Wilson Center

The United States Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announces a discussion of The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, with the author, Margot Canaday, Department of History, Princeton University. Thomas Sugrue, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, and Siobhan Somersville, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will comment.

According to the Wilson Center’s announcement:
The federal government has not always targeted homosexual identity explicitly. Yet, as Margot Canaday shows in this pathbreaking book, throughout the twentieth century, the government used its laws and regulations to identify and extend control over gay men and lesbians in three policy domains: immigration, the military, and welfare. Join us for an enlightening discussion of how the U.S. built "a straight state."
The discussion will take place on Thursday, November 5, from 3-5 p.m., in the Moynihan Board Room, 6th floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC. A reception will follow. This is a free public event, but attendees are requested to contact

A review of the book in The Nation, previously noted on LHB, is here.