Professor Lauren Berlant
Professor Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago.
Sex in the Event of Happiness
Our theories of the historical event tend to take the shape of trauma and catastrophe. What if we saw in sex the kind of event that structures our relation to history, intimacy, and sociality? Reading with Last Tango in Paris (Bertolucci, 1972), thinking about sexual revolution, and contesting the desexualization of so much queer theory, this lecture poses questions about where the sexual revolution went awry and what's left for sexual optimism.
Reception to follow
The LeBoff seminar and lecture are part of the LeBoff Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and sponsored through the generous support of Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff. The LeBoff Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program brings to the Department the world’s most prominent creative thinkers in communication studies. The program engages and honors extraordinary visiting scholars who offer special courses and lectures, exposing students to the world’s best minds in media studies and enabling faculty to pursue collaborative projects that advance knowledge in the field.