Boswell Symposium 2014

Arts & Sciences at the College of William and Mary announces the first Boswell Initiative event, a symposium for students and members of the wider community. All events are open to the public.

The symposium will take place Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Andrews Hall 101 and will feature addresses by George Chauncey, Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University, and Mary Bernstein, Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut.

RSVP: If you would like to attend, please email Professor Thomas Linneman at [[tjlinn]], so that we may provide a free box lunch.

George Chauncey

Mary Bernstein

Left Behind: The Consequences of
Virginia’s Continuing Opposition to Same-Sex Unions


Date: April 12, 2014

Location: Andrews 101


  9:00 - Welcome
  9:15 - Address by George Chauncey, Yale University
10:30 - Break
10:45 - Address by Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut
12:00 - Lunch (box lunch provided if you rsvp, see above)
  1:30 - Activist panel discussion
  2:45 - Break
  3:00 - Community panel discussion
  4:15 - Reception

Alongside the April symposium, we are offering five sections of a one-credit undergraduate course, beginning in late March. Students will study Chauncey's book on marriage, Bernstein's edited volume regarding the same-sex marriage debate within the lgbt movement, and other readings and attend the full symposium.

About the Boswell Initiative

From the unique issues faced in retirement to the creation of new family formations, the Boswell Initiative aims to promote innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship on the cultural, economic, political, and policy dimensions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender life in the United States and in other countries. This initiative complements and enlarges the existing John Boswell Memorial Lecture, delivered annually during the College's Homecoming weekend.

In 2013-14, the Boswell Initiative is guided by a faculty advisory committee:

Funding for the 2014 Boswell Initiative is provided by the A&S Dean's Office and members and supporters of W&M GALA.