A Discussion with Esther Newton- Professor Emerita
Esther Newton, pioneering Lesbian anthropologist, will talk about her new memoir, My Butch Career.
She is a cultural anthropologist best known for her pioneering work on the ethnography of lesbian and gay communities in the United States. Newton studied history at the University of Michigan and received her BA with distinction in 1962 before starting her graduate work in anthropology at the University of Chicago.
Newton is the author of numerous articles and three groundbreaking books: Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (1972); Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town (1993); and Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas (2000). The latter two won the Ruth Benedict Award of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. Her most recent publication is her memoir, My Butch Career: A Queer Life in Anthropology,from St. Martin‘s Press.