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Mad River: A History of LGBTQ Teachers' Rights

GSOE's "Equity & Justice Series" welcomes Professor Margaret Nash on March 3rd.

On March 3, GSOE welcomes Professor Margaret Nash as part of the school’s "Equity & Justice Series." Nash is a professor in the Graduate School of Education whose research focuses on the history of education. She is interested in the relationships between education and citizenship and between education and policy. Her first book, Women’s Education in the United States, 1780-1840 (Palgrave, 2005) won a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Her new book is Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives (2018). She has spoken on the history of women’s education on CNN Headline News for Women’s History Month, and lectured on 19th century women’s educational history at The Huntington Library. She serves on the editorial board for the History of Education Quarterly. Her academic career followed a decade of advocacy and policy work on issues of educational access and equity. 

Professor Margaret Nash
"Mad River: A History of LGBTQ Teachers' Rights"
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Sproul Hall 1215, 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.

This work centers on an important legal case that set the stage for today’s LGBTQ civil rights – yet it is a case that almost no one has heard of. Marjorie Rowland v. Mad River School District involves a guidance counselor in Dayton, Ohio who was fired by her school district in 1974 for being bisexual. Her case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court but the Supreme Court justices declined to consider it. In a spectacular published dissent, Justice Brennan laid out the arguments for why the First and Fourteenth Amendments applied to gays and lesbians. That dissent has been the foundation for virtually every LGBTQ civil rights case since then. This presentation tells the story not only of that case but of Marjorie Rowland, the pioneer who fought for employment rights for LGBTQ educators and who paid a heavy price for that fight, and then brings the story of LGBTQ educators’ rights to the present, examining the status of LGBTQ teachers and counselors since Rowland’s case.

No RSVP required. Attendees may bring their lunch to this brown bag style event. Light refreshments will also be served.

About the Equity & Justice Speaker Series
GSOE's new speaker series aims to engage the education research of GSOE students and faculty focused on equity and justice, and to also explore what equity and justice work looks like in practice. The series will be held throughout the academic year, and will invite researchers to present to students and faculty in an informal setting to encourage dialogue and discussion. GSOE is currently taking submissions for presenters. Presenters do not need to present advanced papers but may instead use the interaction with event participants to help refine their ideas and ongoing work. Students and faculty alike are encouraged to apply. If you’d like to be considered, send your name, presentation title, and abstract to Dr. Eddie Comeaux