F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality
The F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality was created at Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) through a successful $1.5 million funding campaign by members and supporters of the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus. The resulting endowment will enable Harvard to regularly invite eminent scholars studying issues related to sexual minorities -- that is, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- or to sexuality, to teach in the FAS for one semester every year, or two semesters every other year.
Each year, the Dean of FAS will invite faculty members to nominate eminent scholars or practitioners for the Matthiessen Professorship. Matthiessen Professors may be appointed in any department of FAS, but will generally be associated or directly affiliated with the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality.
The Matthiessen Campaign Committee, co-chaired by Harvard Overseer Mitchell Adams, AB '66, MBA '69, and Harvard Alumni Association Elected Director, Kevin Jennings, AB '85, and comprised of over 20 lead donors and Caucus leaders, announced at Commencement in 2009 that it had reached its goal. Over time, however, the Caucus would like to increase the $1.5 million endowment so that eventually Matthessien scholars will be able to visit every semester as opposed to the current arrangement. Consequently, the Harvard Development Office will continue to offer Harvard & Radcliffe College alumni/ae class and reunion gift credit for current and future donations to the Matthiessen Professorship.
- Matthiessen Campaign Fact Sheet
- HGLC Launches $1.5 Million Endowment Campaign for Visiting Professorship
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Biography of F. O. Matthiessen
- F.O. Matthiessen Professorship Deed of Gift & Memorandum of Understanding
- Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality
- Courses of Study in Women, Gender and Sexuality
- The Advocate
- Agence France-Presse
- Associated Press
- Boston Globe
- The Guardian (UK)
- Harvard Gazette
- Harvard Crimson
- New York Times
Press Coverage of Completion of the Endowment in June 2009
Donate By Check
Donations by check can be made by printing out the form below.
Donate By Credit Card By Phone
Credit card gifts by phone can be made by calling 1-800-VERITAS. Be sure to tell the operator that your gift should be directed to the F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality.
Donate By Credit Card Online
To make a credit card donation online, click on the link below, then enter the following under "Gift Details":
- Select a School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Select a Fund: Harvard College Fund: Unrestricted
- Additional Information: For Matthiessen Visiting Professorship
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For more information on the Matthiessen campaign, contact Tom Parry at .