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Lecture / Discussion  |  Charles Rand Penney Speaker Series: “Rust and Stone: Stonewall 50 and the Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York”

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

The third biennial E. H. Butler Library Archives and Special Collections Charles Rand Penney Speaker Series, in association with the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Buffalo State’s Bengal Allies, presents Dr. Jeffry Iovannone on Saturday, November 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center's Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

In this lecture, based on his book project about gay liberation in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Jeffry Iovannone uses the Madeline Davis LGBTQ+ Archive of Western New York to complicate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots. Through an analysis of the founding of the Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier, Buffalo's first gay and lesbian civil rights organization, he challenges the significance of Stonewall within the history of the American LGBTQ rights movement, arguing for a holistic narrative of LGBTQ+ history that takes into account the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in Rust Belt cities such as Buffalo. Finally, he discusses how Buffalo State’s Madeline Davis Archive provides a blueprint for LGBTQ+ social change outside of coastal American cities today.

Dr. Iovannone completed his Ph.D. work in American Studies at SUNY at Buffalo and is currently a full-time lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as the Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program at SUNY Fredonia. He has extensively mined Buffalo State’s Madeline Davis and associated LGBTQ+ collections for his previous, current, and upcoming research and publications.

There will be a reception following the talk and Q&A.

Free parking will be available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center lot.

For additional information, please contact Dan DiLandro, head of archives and special collections in Butler Library, 878-6308.