Marilyn Young Memorial Lecture

Global Gay Rights: An Introduction to the International LGBT Rights Movement
Professor Laura Belmonte
Date & Time
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 16:30 to 18:00
Auditorium, 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
This year's Marilyn Young Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Laura Belmonte. The lecture commemorates Professor Young, who taught U.S. foreign policy at NYU for three decades before her death earlier this year.  As a scholar who focused primarily on the United States' relationship with Asian governments and countries, she was a mentor, guide and friend to budding and senior historians around the world.

During the past three decades, the international lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movement has made significant advances in securing legal protections and rights. But millions of LGBT people continue to live in fear in nations where homosexuality remains illegal. In her lecture, "Global Gay Rights," Professor Laura Belmonte traces the origins and impact of LGBT rights movement from its beginnings in the mid-1800s to its essential place in world affairs today.

Laura A. Belmonte is Department Head and Professor of History at Oklahoma State University. She is co-author of Global Americans: A Transnational U.S. History, author of Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War, and editor of Speaking of America: Readings in U.S. History. She is currently working on two major projects. The first examines U.S. global policy on HIV/AIDS. The second synthesizes the history of the international LGBT rights movement (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).  She is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation.

Opening remarks by Joanna Waley-Cohen, Provost for NYU Shanghai and Julius Silver Professor of History at New York University, and introduction and Q&A moderation by Maria Montoya, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Global Network Associate Professor of History, NYU Shanghai.

Location & Details

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  • Visitors will need to present a photo ID at the entrance
  • There is no public parking on campus
  • Entrance only through the South Lobby (1555 Century Avenue) 
  • Taxi card


Metro: Century Avenue Station, Metro Lines 2/4/6/9 Exit 6 in location B

Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987