Libraries archivist presents 'Queering Penn State History'

Talk highlights the history of Penn State’s first gay student organization, circa 1968–1974
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Credit: LGBTQA Student Resource Center

Penn State Archivist Doris Malkmus will be traveling to Penn State campuses this fall to present “Queering Penn State History.” Using a game setting and primary sources from The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, she will help attendees discover the history of Penn State’s first gay student organization, circa 1968–1974. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Recently Penn State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center was featured on the Campus Pride 2014 “Top 50 LGBT-friendly Universities and Colleges” list, according to LGBTA Student Resource Center Director Allison Subasic. Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.

Upcoming schedule:

Penn State York: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 106 Romano Building. Contact: Dan Puccio, associate director, Student Affairs, [email protected] or 717-771-4045.

Penn State Schuylkill: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, Morgan Auditorium. Contact: Valerie Clay, assistant director, Student Affairs, [email protected] or 570-385-6246.

Penn State Hazleton: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 12 (lower level) Hazleton Library. Contact: Jerry B. Pierce, assistant professor of history, [email protected] or 570-450-3157.

Penn State Abington: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Lares Banquet Room. Contact: John Nguyen, intercultural counselor, [email protected] or 215-881-7353.

Penn State University Park: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, LGBTA Student Resource Center, 101 Boucke Building. Contact: Allison Subasic, director LGBTA Student Resource Center, [email protected] or 814-863-1248

For more information or questions about the physical access provided, see contact name listed for each location. For general information about the collection, contact Doris Malkmus at [email protected] or 814-863-4338.