Donald E. Hall, "Queer Studies and Interdisciplinary Education"

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:00pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 102
Donald Hall, speaker
Queer Studies and Interdisciplinary Education Poster


Link to Video "On Queer Studies and Interdisciplinary Education"   (

Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British studies, gender theory, cultural studies, and professional studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for thirteen years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has taught also in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China.  He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English.  In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year.  He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

In this video interview, Dr. Donald E. Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University discusses queer studies, what it is, and how it grew out of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and the interest to challenge oppression and what is considered normal. He speaks on his experiences growing up in the deep south of the USA and how his academic career formed. He and IAFOR Executive Director, Dr. Joseph Haldane, also discuss The Routledge Queer Studies Reader and an interdisciplinary “call to arms”. Dr. Hall was a Featured Speaker at the IAFOR Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) 2014 held from May 29 to June 1, 2014, in Osaka, Japan. Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences recently became an affiliate of IAFOR, joining our global partnership alliance.

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