Allen Tyrone Porterie hopes to cast more light on the theater stage. The issue in question is homophobia as it pertains to gay black men in the theater. “This research relates closely to me, and it is also a very important issue,” says Porterie in this Cornell Research story.
Porterie is pursuing a major in English and a minor in theater. “I really came to Cornell because I was interested in the English program,” he says. As his interest developed in the topic of homophobia, he found that professors and opportunities at Cornell channeled that intellectual curiosity further. “My English professor, Dagmawi Woubshet, was very instrumental in guiding me in the field,” says Porterie, citing reading lists, documentaries, and connections Woubshet provided. Porterie’s adviser from the Office of Academic Diversity Initiative (OADI), Tremayne Waller, also connected Porterie to other professors relevant to his field of interest.
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