This is the blog for History 128, Claremont McKenna College, fall 2013. It is open only to students enrolled in the class. Please use this blog to post articles and links related to the themes of the course. You can also post comments or questions on our readings, reflections on outside events that you attend, and notices of upcoming events of interest to the class. To generate discussion, please also read and comment on other postings. Check back regularly for updates!
I'm not sure if anyone still reads this...but as many of you know, college football star Michael Sam recently came out prior to the NFL draft. He is the first openly gay football player, and some NFL sources say that this will hurt his status in the draft. Here's a great clip that a friend posted on Facebook.
Some interesting points are that Hansen acknowledges his own discomfort and inability to relate to gay men, and he also quotes Audre Lorde!
When Professor Bilger came to speak to us, we spoke briefly about how sports can fit into the conversation of LGBT rights. I found this interesting article about a prominent former Olympians view of Russia's anti-gay laws, and what olympians should do about it.
"In a huge blow to gay rights in the world’s largest democracy, India’s
top court on Tuesday reinstated an archaic law that makes gay sex a
criminal offense on grounds that it can only be dismissed by lawmakers