Submitted By Todd on June 4th at 3:40am
Harvard University will announce tomorrow that it will establish an endowed chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies, in what is believed to be the first professorship of its kind in the country.Oh, and how well endowed that chair will be!
Harvard President Drew G. Faust described the academic post as “an important milestone” in an ongoing effort by faculty, students, and alumni to raise the profile of LGBT studies at the university.Oh, and what a milestone it will be!
The university has received a $1.5 million gift from the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus, a 4,900 member group, to endow the F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality.Are you a transgender professor? Nope, just visiting!
A growing number of colleges have begun offering academic programs related to sex, sexuality, and sexual orientation, though LGBT studies is a relatively young discipline.Of course they have. Students have to do something meaningful with their Pell Grants.
“This is an extraordinary moment in Harvard’s history and in the history of this rapidly emerging field,” Mitchell L. Adams, a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, said in a written statement. “And because of Harvard’s leadership in academia and the world, this gift will foster continued progress toward a more inclusive society.”Of course it's an emerging field - the genital guillotine was only recently developed - a marvel of modern medicine!
The visiting professorship will advance LGBT studies at Harvard by exposing students and faculty to cutting-edge ideas as leading thinkers rotate through the position, Harvard officials said, as well as help expand the field. It will also funnel new scholars to Harvard’s women, gender, and sexuality department.Cutting-edge, indeed! What an exciting rotation Harvard is offering! It just goes to show the benefits the nation will reap from the invasion of the White House recently achieved by the folks in Cambridge.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.An important milestone.