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lgbt history month

Prof. Charles Upchurch has been invited to deliver the inaugural Allan Horsfall Lecture at the British National Conference of LGBT History, which will be held in Manchester on February 14, 2015. He will lecture on his recent research on "Human Rights in the 1820s," arguing that that attempts to decriminalise inter-male sex in Britain began more than 100 years before current estimates.

Frederick Davis' new book Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology has been published by Yale. From the publisher: "Rachel Carson’s eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy. Frederick Rowe Davis thoughtfully sets Carson’s study in the context of the twentieth century, reconsiders her achievement, and analyzes its legacy in light of toxic chemical use and regulation today. Davis examines the history of pesticide development alongside the evolution of the science of toxicology and tracks legislation governing exposure to chemicals across the twentieth century. He affirms the brilliance of Carson’s careful scientific interpretations drawing on data from university and government toxicologists. Although Silent Spring instigated legislation that successfully terminated DDT use, other warnings were ignored. Ironically, we replaced one poison with even more toxic ones. Davis concludes that we urgently need new thinking about how we evaluate and regulate pesticides in accounting for their ecological and human toll." Congratulations Fritz!

Michael Bryant will deliver the World War Two Institute's Third Annual Fall Lecture, "Speaking the Name of the Unspeakable: the West German Treblinka Trial, 1964-65.” Dr. Bryant, legal scholar and German historian, will speak about his recent book, Eyewitness to Genocide: The Operation Reinhard Death Camp Trials, 1955-1966, in which he evaluates the West German courts’ sentencing of defendants who had been officers and guards at three major death camps, during the Nazis’ deadly “Operation Reinhard”. Bryant gives a detailed history of the trials, and successfully evaluates the cause of the trials' unusual results. The lecture will take place October 21st at Miller’s Hall, University Center C, Room 3300, 296 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL at 5:30 with a reception to follow.