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Sex, History, and the Cities Study Abroad Program

This six week, six credit hour experience is a collaboration between Dr. Yvonne Pitts (Associate Professor, Department of History), and Mr. Lowell Kane (Director, LGBTQ Center – Diversity and Inclusion) at Purdue University.

This course explores LGBTQ history and culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries in three cities: New York City, Paris, France, and Berlin.  Taking a comparative approach, we examine the changing meanings of same-sex sexual desire, acts, and identities.  We will uncover and recover  how people formed communities around shared sexual and gender identities and how those communities developed and survived, often in the face of devastating, often violent, social, legal, and economic oppressions.

We will focus on three major themes:

  • Historical Identity
  • Liberation & Regulation
  • Community & Cultural Expression

Summer 2018 Information

  • Course Dates: June 11th - July 6th, 2018
  • Traveling to: New York City, Berlin, and Paris
  • Six weeks - 6 credits

* $2,900 after Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship of $1000*

                                             (airfare included - price does not include cost of food)

Apply Now for Summer 2018

Study Abroad in the News!

Congratulations to Lowell Kane and Dr. Yvonne Pitts!
From the Purdue News Service: 
Yvonne Pitts, associate professor of history and American studies, and Lowell Kane, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center, were recognized for their Sex, History, and the Cities study abroad program, which received the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community’s Exemplary Program Award for 2018 by National Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). NASPA is the leading international association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

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Read about Kelsey Johnson's experience on the Sex, History, and the Cities Study Abroad

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For more information contact:

Lowell Kane
Director, LGBTQ Center
Email: Lowell@purdue.edu

Dr. Yvonne Pitts
Professor, History
Email: Ypitts@purdue.edu

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