Anne Balay: “Tradition and the Individual Steelworker: Stories of Technological and Social Change”

Presented by the Department of Humanities in celebration of LGBT History Month, Anne Balay will discuss “Tradition and the Individual Steelworker: Stories of technological and social change.” on Thursday, October 22 at 12:40 p.m. in the Cherry Room of Galvin Library. Lunch will be provided.

In the mills of Northwest Indiana and South Chicago, the more things change, the more they stay the same. This talk draws on the oral histories of the region’s steelworkers that form the backbone of Steel Closets, exploring how change, and the widespread resistance to it, has affected sexuality, risk, health, and everyday life.

Anne Balay is a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College. Her book Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers won the 2014 NWSA book award and the Lambda Literary Emerging writer award. Balay is working on a book about over-the-road truck drivers.

This event reflects the values expressed in IIT’s Diversity Statement and is intended to promote diversity at Illinois Tech.