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Panelists to discuss Middle East history, homosexuality

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Jan 29, 2014 11:37 AM

The University of Louisville will offer a free, public panel discussion Feb. 27 about the history of same-sex relationships in the Middle East and the significance for modern politics and social attitudes in the region.

“History and Homosexuality in the Middle East: A Panel Discussion” will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Part of the Louis Gottschalk lecture series in history, the event and reception afterward are free and public but reservations are requested by Feb. 21 at

Panelists will discuss their differing viewpoints about the past as well as how they view the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and visibility in the Middle East today. The speakers are expected to debate the question of when homosexuality appeared in the Middle East.

Panelists will be Samar Habib, University of London; Joseph Massad, Columbia University; and Everett Rowson, New York University.

The history department hosts the Gottschalk lectures to promote the study of history and to honor Gottschalk, a former UofL professor and American Historical Association president. This year’s main sponsors include UofL’s Middle East and Islamic studies program and the Liberal Studies Project, as well as several other departments and programs of the College of Arts and Sciences, the McConnell Center and the LGBT Center.

For more information, including details about live streaming. blogging and Twitter questions during the event, check or contact Daniel Krebs at or 502-852-4368.

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