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Laura Kipnis: Sex on Campus

Wednesday, May 24 @ 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Studebaker Theater 410 S Michigan Ave. 60605 Chicago , IL

Sex is once again a lightning rod on college campuses, from alarming sexual assault statistics to controversies over free speech and "trigger warnings." In partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival, WBEZ hosts Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis.

The discussion, moderated by WTTW's Elizabeth Brackett, will address the fraught situation, which Kipnis introduces 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. 

Preorder your copy of Unwanted Advances through the CHF Box Office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.


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 SlateHarper’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.

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