Fellowship Presentation

By Marketing and Communications | 07-06-2017

University Libraries and College of Liberal Arts Announce Fellowship Presentation


COLLEGE STATION (June 30, 2017) – The Texas A&M University Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts have collaborated to create the Don Kelly Research Collection Fellowship. The fellowship supports the development of scholarship utilizing resources within the Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture housed in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. The fellowship will look into all aspects of LGBTQ Studies from history to visual arts.

Nikita Shepard, the inaugural Don Kelly Collection Fellow, will present their research on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Cushing Library. Shepard will share a presentation titled We’re Here, We’re Queer, and Our Parents Think We’re Studying. Drawing on the archival materials in the Don Kelly Collection, Shepard will describe how young people have participated in communities and political movements developed by LGBTQ people since World War II.


“Today, LGBTQ youth are at the forefront of media coverage, academic research, and social movement activism about sexual minorities,” noted Shepard. “However, they remain curiously absent from historical narratives about LGBTQ communities.”


Nikita Shepard is a MA candidate in History at Middle Tennessee State University who is studying LGBTQ communities, social movements, and 19th-20th century American history. Shepard is currently in residence at Texas A&M University for a month, starting on June 12th.





­For more information: Rebecca Hankins, Associate Professor and Curator of the Don Kelly Research Collection at rhankins@library.tamu.edu or 979.845.1951