Pioneering scholar, activist, and historian John D'Emilio has broken ground with books like The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture and his National Book Award-nominated biography Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.
John D'Emilio is professor of history and of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, from 1995 to 1997 he served as the Founding Director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He is the co-author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (1997). He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982.
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In our interview, D'Emilio shared some fun facts and fascinating insights with us:
"I eat cereal every night before bed, and eat it with orange juice rather than milk. Cheerios and Grape Nuts are my current favorites."
"I won the citywide essay contest of the Archdiocese of New York back in 1961 or 1962, and got written up (I think on the front page, but I'm not sure) in the New York Herald Tribune -- a great paper, now defunct."
"Every time I get a new computer, I have to delete all the games on it because if I didn't, I'd never get anything else done!"
"I make a chicken soup and a tomato sauce that is better than any I've ever had."
"I long for a time again in this country when values of generosity, community, justice, and peacefulness reign."