Blurb: Proposing writing as praxis in this lecture Dr. Gallo explores the genealogy of the canonical Black Feminist Statement. This genealogy, she argues, begins with the work of the writers of the Ladder, the official newsletter of the Daughters of Bilitis, lesbians who organized politically at a time when lesbianism in the U.S. was a crime.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Gallo’s first book Different Daughters: The Daughters of Bilitis and the Roots of Lesbian and Women’s Liberation, 1955-1970 was published in 2006 (Carroll & Graf; Seal Press, 2007). It won the Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction and was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. She also has contributed essays and book chapters exploring post-World War II feminism, progressive queer politics, and oral history methodology to journals as well as edited collections. Her second book, “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press, 2015) examined the social and cultural impact of the story of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, whose rape and murder in Queens, New York in 1964 became an international symbol of urban apathy amid the upheavals of the civil rights era.