Laura Kipnis: Sex on Campus

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Laura Kipnis

Sex is once again a lightning rod on college campuses, from alarming sexual assault statistics to controversies over free speech and “trigger warnings.” Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis addresses this already fraught situation with her new book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. In a scathing exposé of what she calls “the new sexual McCarthyism” on campus, Kipnis relates her experiences as the subject of a Title IX investigation (over a controversial essay), and argues that efforts to over-regulate sex have been disastrous, not just for students, but for democracy itself.

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A book signing will follow this program

This program is presented in partnership with WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago.

At the Fine Arts Building - Studebaker Theater

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Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and a professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking. She is the author of six previous books, including Against Love: A Polemic and Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Yaddo, among others, and has written for Slate, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. Her essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. She lives in New York and Chicago.


Elizabeth Brackett currently serves as correspondent and substitute host for WTTW11’s flagship nightly public affairs program Chicago Tonight. During her tenure, she has covered presidential, mayoral and gubernatorial races, Chicago financial exchanges, the Chicago Bulls, local environmental and genetic research stories, to name only a few. She also co-hosted WTTW11’s science series Chicago Tomorrow.

Event Location: 
Fine Arts Building - Studebaker Theater
410 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605