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Ruth Abram

Former President and Founder, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY

Since its inception, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum has gained recognition as an authoritative voice on immigrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Ruth Abram is currently organizing the Coalition of International Site Museums of Conscience, which presently includes as its members The Gulag Museum in Russia, The Famine Museum in Ireland, The Goree Slave House in Senegal, The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and Terezin Camp in the Czech Republic.

George Chauncey, Ph.D.

Professor of History, University of Chicago

Dr. Chauncey’s research and lectures focus on urbanism, gender, sexuality, subjectivity and social movements in twentieth-century United States. He is the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and Merle Curti Social History Award from the Organization of American Historians, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. He is currently working on The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Stonewall Era. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1989.

Patricia Cline Cohen, Ph.D.

Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara

Dr. Cohen specializes in 19th century American social and women’s history. Her publications include The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York and A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America. She has recently received fellowships from the University of California and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She received her B.A. from the University of Bristol (UK) in 1968 and her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1977.

Betty Dodson, Ph.D.

Artist, Author and Sex Educator

Betty Dodson achieved international recognition with several ground-breaking erotic art exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s before leaving the art world to become a feminist sex teacher. She designed and facilitated workshops that taught masturbation skills so women could explore their own sexual pleasure. In 1974 she self-published her first book, Liberating Masturbation. Her book Sex for One was published in 1986, and became a Paperback Classic when it was revised in 1996. She received a Ph.D. in sexology in 1992 and has produced three videotapes that document her pioneering teaching methods. Dr. Dodson has a private practice in New York City and maintains an active website,

Timothy J. Gilfoyle, Ph.D.

Professor and Former Chair of History, Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Gilfoyle teaches American urban and social history. He is the author of City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 which was awarded the Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution and a N.E.H./Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Gilfoyle received both his B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1979 and 1987, respectively.

Joan Nestle

Co-founder, Lesbian Herstory Archives (1973)

Ms. Nestle housed the Lesbian Herstory Archives in her Upper West Side apartment for the first twenty years of its existence. She is the author of A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union, editor of the anthology Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, and co-editor of five other books. She taught writing in the SEEK program of Queens College for twenty-nine years, until cancer forced her to retire in 1995.

June M. Reinisch, Ph.D.

Director Emeritus, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction

Dr. Reinisch served as director of The Kinsey Institute and professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Indiana University from 1982-1993. Upon retirement, she was named Director Emeritus and a member of The Kinsey Institute Board of Trustees. She is now President of R2 Science Communications, Inc., consulting to business, media, academia and the legal profession. Her public education publications include the thrice-weekly newspaper column The Kinsey Report, syndicated internationally for nine years by United Feature/United Media; and The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex.

Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Performance Artist, Activist

Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. is the prostitute/porn star turned performance artist/sexologist. She has passionately explored sexuality for thirty years, all the while sharing her experiences through mutli-media; making her own unique brand of feminist sex films, writing books and articles, theater performances and teaching. Annie has consistently championed sex worker rights and health care. She is the first porn star to earn her Ph.D., which is in Human Sexuality. Annie is presently a popular college lecturer. Her first book, Post Porn Modernist is a sex book classic, and her book, Hardcore from the Heart won the Firecracker Award for best sex book of the year. She was the subject of four segments on HBO’s Real Sex.

Michael Sappol, Ph.D.

Curator-Historian, The National Library of Medicine

Dr. Sappol’s specialty is the history of the body, medicine, science and sexuality. He is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in 19th-Century America. His dissertation, which was an earlier version of the book, made him a finalist for the Bancroft Dissertation Award and a winner of the Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University.

Luc Sante

Visiting Professor of Writing and Photography, Bard College

Mr. Sante is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and Bookforum. He is the author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, Evidence, The Factory of Facts and Walker Evans. He has received a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Grammy, for album notes. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he attended, but did not graduate from, Columbia College.

Andrea Tone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Georgia Institute of Technology

Andrea Tone is a specialist in U.S. social, industrial and gender history. Her publications include Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America, The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive America and Controlling Reproduction: An American History, which she edited. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 1992.