LGBT-RAN's 8th Anniversary Dinner and Program
May 8, 2010 in Berkeley, CA

Gordon Melton To Speak at May 8th Dinner

(photo)Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California, will be the featured speaker at the LGBT Religious Archives Network's 8th anniversary dinner on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Dr. Melton will speak on "GLBT Religious Leadership Before Stonewall." Melton is one of the preeminent researchers on religious movements in the U.S. and is author of more than 40 scholarly and reference books, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, now in its 8th edition.

Also this evening Shaun Jacob Halper will receive the 2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award for his paper, "Fashioning Gay Jewish Identity in Interwar Prague: The Case of Jirí Langer (1894-1944)." Halper is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of California Berkeley doing pioneering work in Jewish lesbian and gay history. Halper’s paper was selected by a scholarly jury from among eight papers submitted in the fifth year of this award.

LGBT-RAN’s 8th anniversary dinner will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of its Advisory Committee, comprised of renowned LGBT religious scholars, activists and archivists. The program will also include an update on developments in preservation of LGBT religious history from LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman as well as news from the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, which sponsors LGBT-RAN.

The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 in the Bade Museum on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley. Directions to the campus as well as a campus map can be found at: www.psr.edu/visiting-campus.

RSVP requested by Monday, May 3, 2010, to mbowman@lgbtran.org or 510-849-8206. A $20 donation to cover the cost of the dinner is requested.