Library will host two lectures

This week, the library will be hosting two lecture events:

The End of Straight Supremacy
(Tuesday, Jan. 24, ZSR Library Auditorium 404, noon – 1:30 p.m.)

WFU School of Law Professor Shannon Gilreath will read from his most recent book, The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation (Cambridge University Press, Nov. 2011). The release of The End of Straight Supremacy coincides with New York State’s legalization of gay marriage and the federal government’s repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Today, as never before, gay identity seems well on its way to becoming mainstream. But in this controversial book, Gilreath questions whether gay assimilation is really a good thing, challenging both conservative and liberal politics in the process. One reviewer touts The End of Straight Supremacy as “one of the most important texts in gay and lesbian studies in recent memory.” A question and answer session will follow the reading.

Copies of Professor Gilreath’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is co-sponsored by WFU School of Law, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Communities of Faith: Wake Forest’s Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
(Thursday, Jan. 26, ZSR Library Auditorium 404, 4-5 p.m.)

Associate professor in the School of Divinity Dr. Neal Walls, along with a number of students, visited the Holy Land during Winter Break.  Several members from that group will reflect on their experiences and time spent there.

This lecture is also a Secrest Accent, an event in conjunction with the Secrest performance by The Rose Ensemble on January 26 (7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel).