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Esther Newton to Discuss Gay and Lesbian Politics In a Lecture at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Esther Newton, a professor of social science at SUNY Purchase, will discuss gay and lesbian politics as a part of Hudson Valley Community College's Voices: A Library Lectures Series.

Newton's presentation, titled "From Homophilia to Gay Marriage: A Short History of Gay and Lesbian Politics," will be in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 20.

Newton will outline major trends in the history of gay and lesbian movements for social change. She will begin with the founding of the Mattachine Society, touch on the Stonewall Riots, the Gay Liberation Movement, the fundamentalist backlash, AIDS activism, and conclude with the rights-oriented movement.

Newton has been a leading scholar and spokesperson of the gay and lesbian experience in America for several decades. She is the author of dozens of articles and several books on the subject, including "Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town," which received a Ruth Benedict Award for outstanding book on a lesbian or gay topic.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.