Canceled: College of Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series with Cynthia Burack
- Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 4:00pm
- Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater - view map
This event has been canceled.
Cynthia Burack, professor in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, will present "We All Know That Human Rights are Universal: U.S. Support for LGBTI Human Rights, Then and Now" as part of the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series.
During President Obama’s second term in office, the U.S. became the source of the majority of human rights assistance for LGBTI movements throughout the world. Today, the US government remains the “biggest player” in international sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) human rights. How did the U.S. become a late adopter of SOGI human rights assistance? What is the state of the supply of U.S. government advocacy for SOGI human rights in the Trump administration? And what can we know about demand for U.S. SOGI advocacy by international and grassroots LGBTI human rights activists? Meetings organized by grassroots activists and attended by U.S. officials provide information for the analysis of the supply of and demand for U.S. SOGI human rights assistance. Among other indicators for SOGI human rights in the Trump administration, Burack will discuss a 2019 pan-African meeting that can inform SOGI proponents about prospects for the future.
About the speaker
Cynthia Burack is the author or editor of seven books, including "Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right" (2008), "Tough Love: Sexuality, Compassion, and the Christian Right" (2014) and, most recently, "Because We Are Human: Contesting U.S. Support for Gender and Sexuality Human Rights Abroad" (2018), all published in the Queer Politics and Cultures book series she co-edits for SUNY Press. Burack is currently at work on a second study of U.S. government advocacy for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) human rights that focuses on U.S. policies and practices in the Trump administration and their reception by LGBTI activists abroad.
This talk is sponsored by the Department of Political Science with support from the College of Letters and Science.