Event: Fellowship Lecture Series: John Carranza

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Monday, Jun. 24, 2019. 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Special Collections

About this Event

Please join us when John Carranza, a UNT Special Collections 2019 Research Fellowship Awardee, will give his lecture, “Explaining Sex: Sex Education and Disability in the U.S. from the 1960s to the 1990s.”

John A. Carranza is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he specializes in the history of medicine and disability. A San Antonio native, he received his BA from University of the Incarnate Word and his MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. For over a decade, he worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities before leaving to pursue his PhD in Austin. During the 2019-2020 academic year, he will carry out dissertation research and continue as regular contributor to Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal.

Project Title: Explaining Sex: Sex Education and Disability in the U.S. from the 1960s to the 1990s

Project Description: This project centers on how intimate relationships and human reproduction were formulated and challenged by social movements from the 1960s to the 1990s in the United States. The disability rights movement, women’s liberation, and gay liberation questioned popular conceptions of “normality” and sexuality, which informed how healthcare professionals responded to sex education for people with disabilities. The implication of such instruction simultaneously reinforced and complicated heterosexual marriage and the family as a social construct.