Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant News

2004 Zwickler Memorial Research Grants

In 2004, the Zwickler Grant Committee made awards to four individuals:

  • Heather Murray, graduate student University of Massachusetts-Amherst, "Family Life in the Suburbs of Human Contempt: Gay Lives Within and Beyond the Family, 1950s-90s." This project makes use of the records of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), various personal papers in Cornell's collection, and rare print items. The relationship between gay people and their families has not been adequately explored and deserves the complex and thoughtful analysis Ms. Murray brings to the subject.
  • Richard M. Juang, Asst. Prof. Department of English, Susquehanna University, "Transgender Recognition." Prof. Juang spent a month in Ithaca in the summer of 2004 doing research for a book that will trace the struggle of transgender persons to achieve political and cultural equality in the United States.
  • Scott Morgensen, Asst. Prof. in LGBT Studies, Women's and Gender Studies Dept. Macalester College, "Imagining the Indigenous in Queer Politics." Prof. Morgensen is making use of the records of a variety of significant lesbian and gay organizations to research the extent that historically white LGBT organizations have incorporated anti-racist or anti-colonial agendas. His research on the connections between political movements should be valuable. His work will be available in his forthcoming book Metropolitan Desires: Imagining the Indigenous in Queer Politics.
  • Danielle M. DeMuth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Hamilton College, will use sources in the Human Sexuality Collection for her research project, "Lesbian Literary History and the Limits of Reading Literature as History, We Don't Read the Literature Anymore."

The ultimate purpose of the Human Sexuality Collection is to have some impact on what people are able to know and think about human sexuality by encouraging research use of the materials we acquire and preserve.