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to May 26


The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complexity through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.

History of Women and Gender Seminar Male Same-Sex Intimacy and a Clergy Sex Scandal in Early 19th-Century New England Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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18 October 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Location: Schlesinger Library Bruce Dorsey, Swarthmore College Comment: Aaron S. Lecklider, University of Massachusetts—Boston

This essay focuses on a sex scandal surrounding the only known instance in the early U.S. of a clergyman accused of making same-sex sexual advances. The scandal points to the contested meanings of Christian manliness and the gendered construction of male networks of gossip, sex talk, and sex reform, and addresses the crucial historical question of how to distinguish among intimacy, love, spirituality, and sexual desire.