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Holly Hughes Lectures at Italian Universities

Holly Hughes, wearing a red shift and shoes, stands in a dark landscape

In September 2022, Stamps Professor Holly Hughes discussed her work and the recent history of LGBTQ art in America at two Italian venues. Hughes was a guest of the SOME PREFER CAKE International Film Festival in Bologna, and spoke on censorship of queer art at the University of Verona.

Esther Newton, Holly Hughes and Jean Carlomusto are influential scholars and LGBTQ activists from the US. On the occasion of their presence in Italy for the première screening of the movie Esther Newton Made Me Gay at the lesbian film festival Some Prefer Cake’, we invited them to PoliTeSse to discuss their work in anthropology and arts as related to the history of feminist and LGBTQ activism in the United States: we will explore the history of lesbian feminism”, cultural wars” and lesbian sex wars” and address issues such as freedom of speech for sexual minorities and the relationship between feminism and gender identity issues through the lens of butch identity.