‘The Fight Isn’t Over’: How the History of LGBTQ+ Teachers Informs Current School Battles”

Education historian Karen Graves will highlight elements from the history of LGBTQ+ educators that put current school battles in historical context in two talks. She will discuss how LGBTQ+ educators across the nation turned to the courts to protect their jobs, beginning in the late 1960s. Graves will discuss why schools have been fierce battlegrounds in the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights.

Karen Graves is Professor Emerita at Denison University. Her book, And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers, was awarded a 2010 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Other publications include Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights, co-authored with Margaret A. Nash, Girls’ Schooling during the Progressive Era: From Female Scholar to Domesticated Citizen, and Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship, co-edited with Timothy Glander and Christine Shea.

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