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Suffolk Learns: LGBTQIA+ History in Hampton Roads [IN-PERSON + LIVE]

June 30, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Suffolk Learns is a series that brings in experts from around Hampton Roads to talk about local history. Join Cathleen Rhodes to learn about the LGBTQIA+ history in Hampton Roads. For adults.

No registration required to attend in-person. Registration required to attend virtually. Registered participants will provide their email address to receive a link to the Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the program begins.

About this Session:
Cathleen Rhodes, Senior Lecturer of Women’s Studies and Old Dominion University and facilitator of the Tidewater Queer History project. As an activist scholar, Professor Rhodes offers courses which examine the many ways technology has shaped women’s lives and how women have shaped technology; short stories, novels, poetry, graphic novels, comics, and creative nonfiction by and about LGBTQ people; and the evolution of LGBTQ identities and examine how LGBTQ or same sex desiring people were participants in and affected by such events as the Holocaust, the Stonewall Riots, gay liberation, and the AIDS crisis.

About the Speaker
Cathleen Rhodes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University where she has trained ODU students in queer oral history collection and created the region’s first student-led queer walking tour series. In 2015, Rhodes founded the Tidewater Queer History Project and has since built Tidewater’s largest digital repository of local LGBTQ history and physical archive of historical objects. She also serves as director of Gay Cultural Studies at ODU, an initiative that supports LGBTQ scholarship among students and faculty. In addition to her academic work and community activism, Rhodes provides LGBTQ consulting services and training sessions to Hampton Roads businesses and organizations to create more inclusive and welcoming environments for LGBTQ citizens.