"The Children of Harvey Milk" is the Topic of the 2019 Hannah Atkins Memorial Lecture

children harvey milk01This year, our Hannah Atkins Lecture Series kicked off on October 10, 2019 with our Fourth Annual Memorial Lecture. We had the great pleasure of hosting Dr. Andrew Reynolds, who spoke on the topic related to his recent book,The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World. His book documents the equal rights struggle of LGBTQ politicians from around the world. By highlighting their successes and failures,  Reynolds demonstrated how individuals can change the views and voting behaviors of those around them.

While this event coincided with OSU Homecoming Week, it was well attended.

Dr. Andrew Reynolds is a Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).  His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics, and he is particularly interested in the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities.  He has also served as a consultant, advising countries - including (but not limited to!) Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Tunisia - on issues of electoral and constitutional design.  He has worked wtih the the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the UK Department for International Development, the US State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Foundation for Election Systems, and has received research awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation.

For those who missed the talk, you can currently watch it on our Facebook page.  We will update with a link to the OState TV version as soon as it becomes available.

For those interested, here is the Amazon summary for The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World:

Part political thriller, part meditation on social change, part love story, The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights.

Featuring LGBTQ icons from America to Ireland, Britain to New Zealand; Reynolds documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviors of those around them. The book also includes rare vignettes of LGBTQ leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean who continue to fight for equality in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia.

A touchstone narrative of the tumultuous journey towards LGBTQ rights, The Children of Harvey Milk is a must-read for anyone with an interest in social change.