Harvard, 2009

Harvard establishes chair in gay and lesbian studies

Professorship is being billed as a turning point in the prestigious university’s history

Harvard University has taken a step towards shrugging off its image as a fusty straight-laced academic institution by endowing America’s first named professorship of sexuality.

The chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies introduces a discipline still in its infancy into the heart of the country’s academic establishment. Its supporters claim that the move by one of the world’s most august universities will send a message to other institutions globally that “queer studies”, as some call it, has finally arrived….

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