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Laura A. Belmonte presenting guest lecture, “The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History,” on Feb. 17

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Her work has taken her around the globe, including Asia, Europe and North America. On Feb. 17, Laura A. Belmonte, PhD., will speak at Del Mar College (DMC). The guest lecturer will trace the history of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement, covering how selected individuals, organizations and events have illuminated critical junctures in global LGBT advocacy and evaluating the movement’s legacies and contemporary challenges.

The free lecture, “The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History,” begins at 6 p.m. in Room 514 in White Library on the East Campus (Naples off Kosar at Staples) and is open to the public. This event is sponsored by the DMC Cultural Program Committee and the Social Sciences Department.

For more information, contact DMC associate professor of psychology Teresa Klein, PhD., at 698-1629 or tklein@delmar.edu.

Currently, Belmonte is dean of the Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a professor of history. She specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations and is the author of Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). She also has written numerous articles on cultural diplomacy. Belmonte is co-author of Global Americans: A Transnational U.S. History, the Cold War and editor of Speaking of America: Readings in U.S. History (Cengage, 2nd edition, 2006). Her most recent book, A History of the International LGBT Movement, will be published by Bloomsbury as part of the series “New Approaches to International History.”

Belmonte is now working on two major projects—the first examines U.S. global policy on HIV/AIDS while the second synthesizes the history of the international LGBT rights movement. She serves on the nominating committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and has served on the society’s national council and the editorial board of its official journal, Diplomatic History.

Until recently, Belmonte was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Historical Advisory Committee on Diplomatic Documentation, a group that participates in ongoing debates over transparency and declassification and the intersections between historical events and contemporary diplomacy.

Belmonte most recently served as associate dean for Instruction and Personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University; director of the American Studies Program, which she co-founded; head and professor of the History Department; and co-founder of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.


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