Professor Andrew Lear presents Gay History Sights of Europe
Thursday, July 12
Gay history is all around us, often hiding in plain sight. But some of the world’s great cultural centers have more than their share. New York is among them—but so are several of the major cities of Europe, in particular London, Paris, Berlin, Florence, Rome, Naples, and Athens. Eminent gay historian and Classicist Andrew Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours and has organized gay history and art tours of Europe since 2013. Let him tell you about some of his gay history favorites in Europe’s great cities and museums—from the joint statues of the gay couple that were ancient Athens’ Uncle Sam to gay icon Oscar Wilde’s favorite London café.
Join Professor Andrew Lear, American author, Classicist, historian of gender and sexuality, and public historian, in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Thursday, July 12 for this entertaining and informative discussion on the Gay History Sights of Europe!
About Andrew Lear: Professor Andrew Lear combines a love of travel with a passion for gay history, and he brings both of those attributes to Oscar Wilde Tours.
Professor Lear holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He has published a widely praised book on male-male love in ancient Greek art, as well as a number of important scholarly articles in this area. Indeed he is generally considered one of the foremost experts on same-sex love in the ancient world, but his interest in gay history extends to other key periods, such as fin-de-siècle England, Renaissance Italy, and medieval Japan—places and periods that we will explore at Oscar Wilde Tours.
A beloved teacher at Harvard, Columbia and NYU, Professor Lear won the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching four times. He has taught a wide variety of courses in Classics, history, art history, and gender studies—as well as Italian and French language classes.