February 14, 2023
Ramseyer Hall, room 100
Margaret A. Nash (professor emerita, University of California, Riverside) and Karen L. Graves (retired professor at Denison University) will discuss their newly released book, Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights, in which they trace the story of a heretofore little-known legal case involving Marjorie Rowland, an Ohio guidance counselor who was fired in 1974 for being bisexual. After a lengthy process, the Supreme Court declined to hear this case; however, Justice Brennan wrote a dissenting memo in Rowland’s favor that in future decades became, as Nash and Graves explain, “the foundation for LGBTQ civil rights advances since.” Marjorie Rowland, whose experiences are profiled in Mad River, will offer her thoughts. This event is free and open to all.