This semester at Colgate, I’ve revised my upper-level History course, Sex and Sexualities in U.S. History.
The current HIST 304 syllabus lives on Google Docs, here.
I’ve also updated my unwieldy list of Digital Archives, Projects & Resources for U.S. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History for research and teaching.
We don’t have nearly enough time to explore 250 years of U.S. history, but I’m excited to get students reading some of my favorite history sites, too, including:
- Carolyn Herbst Lewis, “Adventures in the Archives: Julia Heller’s ‘Boy Friends Book,’” Nursing Clio (February 6, 2014);
- Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins, “‘Well Known as Miss Betty Cooper’: Gender Expression in 18th-Century Boston,” NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality (November 28, 2018);
- Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity online roundtable, with C. Riley Snorton, Julio Capó, Jr., Alejandro Escalante, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, L. H. Stallings, Jennifer C. Nash, and Rachel Zellars, Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS);
- Black Thought and Sexual Politics: An Interview with Guy Emerson Mount, Black Perspectives (January 17, 2019);
- Amy Stanley, “Writing the History of Sexual Assault in the Age of #MeToo,” AHA Perspectives on History (September 24, 2018); and
- “Making Gay History” and “Sexing History” podcasts.
In a few weeks we’ll be dipping into the Colgate archives, and driving out to my favorite local history site, the Oneida Community Mansion House. Later in the semester, HIST 304 students will also be using the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting Program to identify trends and new work in the history of sexuality, as part of a larger reflection on the state of the field (and in celebration of the 25th birthday of George Chauncey’s Gay New York).
I’ll be tweeting some course highlights using the hashtag #HIST304 and I’m always curious how others are teaching similar courses. Got a great primary source or idea to share? Hit me up!