July – August 2014
In There Goes the Gayborhood?, sociologist Amin Ghaziani shows why the rumors of the demise of gay neighborhoods like Boystown, Chelsea, the Castro District, and Dupont Circle are premature. Join him on Sunday, August 17th at 6:00 pm for a discussion of the book, which has recently been picked up by news outlets like Yahoo! News, Queerty, and Huffington Post: Gay Voices. If you want a sneak preview of the book, read the introduction here.
Amin Ghaziani is an associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. His areas of study include sexualities, culture, urban life, and social movements.
Join University of British Columbia professor of Sociology Amin Ghaziani at Unabridged Bookstore on Friday, August 29th at 7:00 pm, where he’ll be discussing his new book, There Goes the Gayborhood? A survey of the past, present and future of gay neighborhoods across the country, the book examines historically gay neighborhoods like Boystown, Andersonville. Chelsea, the Castro District, and Dupont Circle, and why rumors of their demise are premature.
The book has recently gained traction in news outlets like Yahoo! News, Queerty, and Huffington Post: Gay Voices, so meet him before he goes global! If you want a sneak preview of the book, read the introduction here. Light refreshments will be served.
“In an attempt to understand a contemporary, hot-button issue facing iconic gay neighborhoods in flux, Ghaziani mines the roots of ‘gayborhoods’ to understand where and why they began and the challenges they face. As homosexuality gains wider societal acceptance, are the ‘gay ghettos, ‘ once considered bastions of organized solidarity, sexual freedom, and safety from anti-gay bigotry and violence, feeling the pinch? In a book rich with demographical statistics of same-sex-couple households, useful charts and personal interviews, Ghaziani delivers an unbiased perspective carefully weighing the consequences and the benefits of conformity for formerly homogenous gayborhoods countrywide. . . . Encompassing more than just the diminishing homogeneity of gay ghettos, Ghaziani’s important work also demonstrates an appreciation for how the provocative past, present and future of gay culture continues to evoke impassioned rhetoric and opinion.” –Kirkus Reviews
Can’t get enough of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed? Author Eric H. Cline will be among those reading from and signing copies of his book at this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cline will be presenting his book on the Science stage of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 1:40 pm-2:25 pm and signing copies of the text from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. There will be discussion aplenty, so come join us!
Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction. His latest book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, examines the causes of the end of the Late Bronze Age.
Cline’s book tells the tale of how this end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.
Interested in learning a little more about the book? You can check out 1177 B.C.‘s prologue here.