Book Launch: Samantha Rosenthal "Living Queer History"
Roanoke College history professor Samantha Rosenthal will launch her new book Living Queer History, Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 pm at the main branch of the Roanoke City Library. Based on more than 40 interviews with LGBTQ elders, Living Queer History tells the story of an LGBTQ community in Roanoke and explores how queer people today think about the past and how history lives on in the present.
Using historical analysis, theory, and memoir, the book also tells Rosenthal's story of coming out and transitioning as a transgender woman in the midst of working on a community-based history project documenting Roanoke's multigenerational LGBTQ community. Their first book Beyond Hawaiʻi: Native Labor in the Pacific World tells the stories of forgotten indigenous workers and how their labor shaped the Pacific World, the global economy, and the environment.
Rosenthal (she/her or they/them) is coordinator of the Public History Concentration at Roanoke College. They are co-founder of the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, a nationally recognized queer public history initiative. Her work has received recognition from the National Council on Public History, the Oral History Association, the Committee on LGBT History, the American Society for Environmental History, and the Working Class Studies Association.
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