Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 7, Issue 2
spring 2017
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

A Fond Farewell to George Chauncey and Ron Gregg

by Andrew Dowe

In their courses, Ron Gregg and George Chauncey trace how attitudes towards non-heterosexual acts, identities, communities and representations thereof change over time. In the thirteen years since I first arrived at Yale, I have witnessed profound shifts in Yale’s receptiveness of the presence and the study of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Ron and George have played a central role at every level — administrative, academic and cultural — in the steady progress Yale has made towards being a truly inclusive school.

The incredible popularity of their courses is a testament to the impact of their scholarly contributions in shaping, on our campus and beyond, serious discussion about the history and representation of sexualities. Ron and George’s departure will be felt far beyond Yale’s largest auditoriums, which their classes and events regularly filled. These electrifying lectures, incredible conferences and film series are even more impressive when one considers Ron and George’s incredible generosity with their time and mentorship.

Their outsized impact on campus academics and life belies the small-group and one-on-one lunches, coffee meetings and discussions that Ron and George always managed to schedule between the demands of teaching, event coordination and even testifying before the Supreme Court. I, like so many of their thousands of students and mentees, will sorely miss these occasions to glean from their wisdom and expertise, moments which reflect the depth and breadth of their engagement with campus life.

Join us in celebrating Ron and George at a farewell reception this Friday, May 5 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Rose Alumni House, 232 York St.
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