Michael A. Bronski

‘You Can Tell Just By Looking’ Authors to Discuss LGBT Myths

The first collaboration between Michael Bronski and Michael Amico ’07 occurred during Amico’s senior year, when they rewrote the lyrics of Iolanthe for a Dartmouth Glee Club production “to update them to reflect contemporary Dartmouth issues,” says Amico.

Now Bronski, a senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies, and Amico have collaborated on a much larger project, ‘You Can Tell Just By Looking’: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People. The professor and his former student teamed up with New York University Professor Ann Pellegrini to write the book, which was published last month by Beacon Press. It has earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, which wrote, “This powerful book demands that we look more closely at the ways we move in and structure our society, and asks vital questions that will steer the culture toward justice and equality.”

Bronski and Amico are moderating a discussion of LGBT myths on Wednesday, November 6, at 4:15 p.m. in the Hopkins Center for the Art’s Top of the Hop. The event is open to the public.

Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling Called Important Step

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional is truly a landmark decision symbolically on a par with “the fall of the Berlin Wall,” but the ruling granting all federal spousal benefits to married same-sex couples is only a step on the road to equality, says Michael Bronski, a senior lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, June 26, the justices ruled that Congress cannot deny all the privileges of marriage granted by states where same-sex marriage is legal. In a related decision, the High Court also effectively allowed same-sex marriages in California by refusing to rule on a lower court finding against Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

“This is a huge, big deal,” says Bronski, “but it is not the whole enchilada, as they say.”

Writer and Activist Larry Kramer Visits Dartmouth as Montgomery Fellow

Larry Kramer, author of the play The Normal Heart and the screenplay Women in Love, the co-founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GHMC), and the founder of ACT UP, is in residence at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow this month.

He will be on campus from Monday, January 23, to Friday, January 27. During the week, Kramer will meet with students in classes and at meals; talk to groups of faculty; and participate in a public dialogue, a conversation with Michael Bronski, senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies.

This conversation, which is open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, January 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, located in Moore Hall.

The classes Kramer is scheduled to join include the Department of Theater’s senior seminar and its “Directing I” course, as well as classes that focus on global health, social justice, rhetoric, and politics.