Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Bob Darcy


Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Bob Darcy


Sexual Minorities -- Nebraska -- Omaha
Queer Omaha Archives
Oral Histories (document genre)


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An oral history interview with Bob (Robert) Darcy concerning his childhood in Marinette, Wisconsin, his time at Yale University, his coming out story, and his experiences of acceptance in different places, was conducted by Laura Katz on October 25, 2016. Bob Darcy, Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Darcy earned a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the time of the interview, Darcy was the Department Chair of the English Department at UNO. Darcy has received numerous awards for his achievements, including the Faculty Development Fellowship at UNO (2013), the Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship (2006-2007), and the University Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999). The interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Jay Irwin's Fall 2016 Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course.

Darcy began the interview by describing his early life and high school experiences. He described realizing he was gay and shared his coming out story. He also detailed times that his sexuality may have affected his career and his mostly positive experiences with colleagues and students. Darcy also described the way cultural acceptance of the LGBTQ community varies in different places, specifically his experience of acceptance in Spain, Berlin, and various places in the United States. He concluded the interview by reflecting on significant LGBTQ topics throughout his life.


2016 October 25


University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries


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Laura Katz


Bob Darcy


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“Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Bob Darcy,” Queer Omaha Archives | UNO Libraries, accessed February 27, 2024,

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