Exhibitions and Events
April 4 - October 21, 2016
Exhibition Hours: M-F, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Major support for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
The T in LGBT
Monday,Octoboer 17, 2016
Reception: 5:30pm -6:15pm
Library Company of Philadelphia,
1314 Locust Street
Lecture: 6:30pm -7:30pm
William Way Center,
1315 Spruce Street
Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History at Amherst College, is researching transgender and gender-nonconforming people in early America for a new book tentatively titled, “Born in the Wrong Time: Transgender Archives & The History of Possibility, 1770-1870.” People designated female at birth challenged the boundaries of gender in every sphere of life: at home and at work, at war and at play, at sea and on the road. Only on the eve of Civil War did such actions become increasingly criminalized, laying the legal foundation for the devastating psychological stigma that sexologists and criminologists would impose on transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the 20th century.
Jen believes that knowledge of the past is an important tool for social justice movements in the present. Their first book, Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism (Routledge, 2004) looks at colleges and universities as sites of social justice work, both inside and outside the classroom. Their second book, Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (UPenn, 2015) examines the way racialized and gendered ideologies of freedom, resistance, and dependency shaped the nation’s first penitentiary. Manion has published essays in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Radical History Review.
Join us on Monday, October 17th for a reception at the Library Company followed by Prof. Manion’s talk at the William Way Center. Don James McLaughlin, who collaborated with Connie King on the Library Company’s 2014 exhibition “That’s So Gay,” will be the commentator in the Q & A session after the talk.
This program is part of #PastPresentPride, a free two-part lecture series exploring sexual identity in literature and media, and the history of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s lecture at hsp.org/calendar.
The Library Company will observe the following holidays in 2016/2017:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 18
George Washington's Birthday - Monday, February 15
Good Friday: March 25
Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 5
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25
Holiday Closure: Monday, December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 (normal hours resume Monday, January 2, 2017)
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