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Harvard and the Gays

News from the ivory tower: Harvard has endowed the nation’s first chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered studies. This will be the first of its kind, and was established by the school’s gay and lesbian caucus.

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This is awesome, and they likely have done the research and found out that they're the only university to have the same sort of endowed chair system in place.

However, they're hardly the first university to have a GLBT studies department or queer studies department or whatever the university chooses to call theirs. A lot of these other schools don't use a tenure/endowed chair sort of model like Harvard, so they might have a very thorough program with excellent instructors, but just not the same lingo as Harvard uses. (It's worth mentioning that most of the programs in this sort of field are geared toward people who wish to apply their knowledge in a public health career, rather than an academic career, so a lot of these programs are going to be at schools where most of the faculty are part-time teachers and full-time clinicians or public health administrators or whatever. I don't know anything about Harvard's program, but the "endowed chair" aspect makes me lean toward thinking it's more of an academic/theoretical program, at least in its overalls structure.)

Majors are offered by Wesleyan, U. Chicago, Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, York University (2009)

Minors are offered by Ohio State, San Francisco State, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA?, UC Riverside, Towson (proposal, Nov. 96, still on-line), Cornell, SUNY, Purchase, Allegheny, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, George Mason?, Concordia University (Canada), Western Washington University, Bowdoin College, Humboldt State University (Aug 2004), University of Minnesota (fall 2004), Kent State University (fall 2001), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2004), University of North Texas (2004), York University (2004), University of Delaware (Fall 2006), Hofstra (2006), Nebraska-Lincoln (2006), Syracuse (2006), McGill (2006), University California at Santa Barbara (2006), Northern Illinois University (both undergraduate and graduate certificates), University of Kansas (2008), University of Houston (2008)

Certificates or Concentrations are offered by Arizona State U., U. Iowa, Yale, Brandeis?, Denison U., Duke, U. Wisconsin-Madison, U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U. of Maryland, U. of Colorado at Boulder

LGBTQ graduate programs?
San Francisco State University now (2005) offers a M.A. in Human Sexuality Studies. Yale offers a graduate qualification in the field of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Pacific Oaks College, Los Angeles, offers a MA degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a full specialization in LGBT Family Studies (program starts in 2010).

Indiana University has offered a PhD in Gender Studies since 2006.

APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs at the California School of Professional Psychology, a division of Alliant International University, has numerous faculty supervising doctoral dissertations in the area of LGBTQ Studies. A "graduate interdisciplinary specialization" is offered by Ohio State.

Stolen from http://people.ku.edu/~jyounger/lgbtqprogs.html:

Majors are offered by Wesleyan, U. Chicago, Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, York University (2009)

Minors are offered by Ohio State, San Francisco State, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA?, UC Riverside, Towson (proposal, Nov. 96, still on-line), Cornell, SUNY, Purchase, Allegheny, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, George Mason?, Concordia University (Canada), Western Washington University, Bowdoin College, Humboldt State University (Aug 2004), University of Minnesota (fall 2004), Kent State University (fall 2001), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2004), University of North Texas (2004), York University (2004), University of Delaware (Fall 2006), Hofstra (2006), Nebraska-Lincoln (2006), Syracuse (2006), McGill (2006), University California at Santa Barbara (2006), Northern Illinois University (both undergraduate and graduate certificates), University of Kansas (2008), University of Houston (2008)

Certificates or Concentrations are offered by Arizona State U., U. Iowa, Yale, Brandeis?, Denison U., Duke, U. Wisconsin-Madison, U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U. of Maryland, U. of Colorado at Boulder

There are coordinated programs: U. Chicago; U. Washington (graduate certificate program in Lesbian Studies). Empire State University (NY) offers various LGBTQ concentrations in their MALS program. Most LGBTQ graduate work is done through allied departments offering courses and the opportunities to produce theses and dissertations in the LGBTQ-aspect of the primary discipline (e.g., "Lesbian Novels of the Early 20th Century" in an English department); see, for instance, the description for Tufts & Brown.

There are at least two MA programs in the United Kingdom: "Gender, Sexuality, and Culture" (first offered Sept 2003) through Women's Studies at the University of Manchester (http://orgs.man.ac.uk/ws). This program will consist of two courses over a year, plus a thesis. And the University of Leeds offers a MA in Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Theory

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> by Alex Parker
> A first-of-its-kind study looking at HIV infection rates found that half of gay men in Chicago who have HIV did not know they were infected, and two-thirds of infected black men were unaware.
http://www.chitowndailynews.org/Chicago_news/Half_...
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What happens when POTENTIAL sex partners get tested TOGETHER BEFORE having sex, for A VARIETY of STDs?... One asks "Let's get tested 2GETHER B4 we have sex, for A VARIETY of STDs?" They agree and the next day meet at a medical center or doctor's office and get tested togeth\
er for a variety of STDs and ....? then what happens?...

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What happened to the rate of puerperal fever deaths of birth mothers when surgeons washed their hands before operating?... as recommended by Joseph Lister, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Ignaz Semmelweis

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lister,_1st_Ba...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Wendell_Holmes....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis

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after all these years

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but for whatever reason we humans have not evolved to be able to approach difficult subjects rationally like that

the very fact that our brains have a concept of "difficult subjects" that often overrides coldly rational decision-making is pretty interesting all by itself. must be an evolutionary advantage in there, at least an advantage for a while, that gave the edge to risk-taking and emotional decisions over rational decisions... or maybe it's just the raw sexy needs of the lizard brain... definitely a strong force there for sex and good eatin'

oh, brains. they get us into so much trouble.

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