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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Belkin Talk "Is Military Masculinity Masculine?" October 12th at 3:30pm

AARON BELKIN, San Francisco State University, will be presenting his talk "Is Military Masculinity Masculine?" on Friday, October 12th from 3:30 - 5:30pm in room 105 Scott Hall. Drawing from his new book, Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Fa√├čade of American Empire, 1898-2001 (Columbia, 2012), Professor Belkin will discuss how the campaign to repeal "don't ask don't tell" succeeded in expanding the rights of gay lesbian troops at the same time that it smoothed over filth-related contradictions that structure both warrior masculinity and empire thus rendering militarism more difficult to disable.

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"Is Military Masculinity Masculine?"
Aaron Belkin, San Francisco State University
Friday, October 12, 2012
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
105 Scott Hall
Drawing from his new book, Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Fa√├čade of American Empire, 1898-2001 (Columbia, 2012), Professor Belkin will discuss how the campaign to repeal "don't ask don't tell" succeeded in expanding the rights of gay and lesbian troops at the same time that it smoothed over filth-related contradictions that structure both warrior masculinity and empire, thus rendering militarism more difficult to disable.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies, the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and the Workshop on the Comparative History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Aaron Belkin is a scholar, author, and activist. He has written and edited more than twenty five scholarly publications. Since 1999, Belkin has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective gay rights organizations in the nation. He designed and implemented much of the public education campaign that eroded popular support for military anti-gay discrimination. Harvard Law Professor Janet Halley said of Belkin that, "Probably no single person deserves more credit for the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.'" Belkin earned his B.A. in international relations at Brown University in 1988 and his Ph.D in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998, and is currently a professor at San Francisco State University