Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus gift endows F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship
Harvard has received a $1.5 million gift from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus (HGLC) to endow the F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality. Harvard Overseer Mitchell L. Adams ’66, M.B.A. ’69, will inform participants at the annual HGLC Commencement dinner that a campaign spanning several years has reached its goal. Named after the distinguished gay Harvard faculty member F.O. Matthiessen (1902–50), the professorship represents the first endowed named chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies in the country.
“This is an extraordinary moment in Harvard’s history and in the history of this rapidly emerging field,” Adams said. “And because of Harvard’s leadership in academia and the world, this gift will foster continued progress toward a more inclusive society.”
Harvard President and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Faust said, “The Matthiessen Professorship is an important milestone for LGBT studies at Harvard. We are grateful for the work and generosity of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus, whose members have been integral to establishing the professorship and tireless in their support of this burgeoning area of scholarship.”
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