During his early years in academia he married the daughter of a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin. His wife, Henrietta, who he met when she was a student in one of his classes, passed away in 2015.
Following are a couple of excerpts from the post and then my comments.
In 1992 I was chairman of the History Department at New York University—where I was also the only unmarried straight male under sixty.
In 1977 he became famous/infamous for his LA Times article on the anti-homosexual campaign of Anita Bryant.
Later he focused on interracial relationships and on student-professor relationships.
Indeed, it is just such a sense of boundless entitlement—taken to extremes—that helps explain Bill Clinton’s self-destructive transgressions or Tony Blair’s insistence that he was right to lie his way into a war whose necessity he alone could assess.
But note that for all their brazen philandering and posturing, Clinton and Blair—no less than Bush, Gore, Brown, and so many others of my generation—are still married to their first serious date.A former professional ballerina interested in Eastern Europe, she had been encouraged to work with me.I was not teaching that semester, so could have advised her to return another time. After a closed-door discussion of Hungarian economic reforms, I suggested a course of independent study—beginning the following evening at a local restaurant.In addition, the blog at times will go beyond the university and sexual politics to issues that merit our attention.Whatever the issue the dankprofessor blog will not be constrained by any ideological orthodoxy, sexual or political correctness.Yes: and if only for these reasons I see nothing wrong in my behavior.