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June 27, 2024
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

James T. Sears: QUEERING REHOBOTH BEACH (With Morna McDermott McNulty)

Have you spent a summer day at Rehoboth Beach, or heard of this famed beach town in southern Delaware? Were you ever… thinking about history when spending a summer day at Rehoboth Beach?

In Queering Rehoboth Beach, historian and educator James Sears charts the evolution of the beach town from 19th century Methodist Church meeting camp to thriving mecca for the LGBTQ+ community. Join The Ivy Bookshop to hear from James Sears in conversation with Towson University professor Morna McDermott McNulty – we’re looking forward to learning about this ultimate beach read together!

James T. Sears is an independent scholar focusing on Queer History. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Growing up Gay in the South; Lonely Hunters: An Oral History of Lesbian and Gay Southern Life, 1948–1968; Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation; and Rebels, Rubyfruit, and Rhinestones: Queering Space in the Stonewall South. A former Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at Trinity University, Indiana University, Harvard University, Penn State University, the University of South Carolina, and was a research fellow at the University of Queensland and the University of Southern California. He continues to lecture throughout the world.

Morna McDermott McNulty is the author of numerous works of published fiction including her novel Blood’s Will (2018, Peter Lang Press), the short piece of speculative fiction Oleanna in the Anthropocene (2022, Springer) and works of poetry (2023, Northwest Journal of Teacher Education). She has also authored (and co-authored) over 30 works of creative nonfiction books or peer reviewed articles in the areas of arts-based research, education, and fiction-as-inquiry. Her website Posthuman Museum of Haunting ( was an award recipient for the Lakehead Arts Integration Research Award/Juried Show (2020). Morna has also published numerous works of art or photography and is the co-director/co-producer of the documentary film Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation (2017). She is a professor in the College of Education at Towson University in Maryland where she teaches freshman writing classes, and arts-integration methodologies for graduate and undergraduate students and k12 educators.

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