Professor Heather White
Wednesday, 6 pm - 7:59 pm
The physical facilities of religious institutions, and especially that of mainline Protestant churches, have served as a unique staging ground for radical movements of the U.S. political left. Queer activist and community organizations, in particular, frequently met in religious spaces even as those institutions debated their theological inclusion. Using methodologies from the interdisciplinary field of critical human geography, this class will consider how queer movements occupied, created, liberated, and contested sacred space with attention to related dynamics in other contemporaneous activist movements, including Black Power, The Young Lords, Women’s Liberation, the American Indian Movement, and more.