Each year, the Centre for American Studies Speakers' Series invites diverse and dynamic speakers to Western to engage students and faculty in discussions about American culture, history, politics, and current events. Admission is free for all events, and everyone is welcome to attend. The Speakers' Series is sponsored by the Centre for American Studies and generously supported by the Consulate General of the United States.
Dr. Katie Batza is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Kansas. Her book Before AIDS: Gay Health Politics in the 1970s will be available from the University of Pennsylvania Press in the spring of 2018. Her work explores the intersection of sexuality, health, and politics in Post-WWII United States and has appeared in various publications including the
Journal of Women 's History and has earned her many grants and awards. Last summer she won a stipend from the National Endowment of the Humanities for her second book project on the early AIDS epidemic in the US Heartland. She has also been working in collaboration with the U.S. National Parks Service's LGBTQ Initiative to ensure that historical sites and landmarks become more inclusive and representative of LGBTQ historical events and people.