2010-11 Cape Breton University Visiting Speaker Series – Let’s Talk About Sex

Cape Breton University is launching Let’s Talk About Sex, a visiting lecture series, on Friday, November 26 at 3 p.m. This series, which will include five lectures and run until April, is a multidisciplinary discussion on topics ranging from How and Why Should Relationship Researchers Study Sex to Selling Sex. The lecture series is free and open to the public; all discussions take place in CE 265 and begin at 1:30 p.m.

This annual lecture series has been well received in the past, and gives attendees the opportunity to interpret and discuss the research findings of leading academics. “The lecture series is aimed at students, faculty, staff and the general public, and we encourage all to attend,” says Dr. Scott Stewart, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, CBU. “All will benefit from the series by being exposed to current research by professors from a wide variety of universities and bringing with them a variety of perspectives.”

Dr. Laurie Shrage, of Florida International University (FIU) is the first lecturer. Her discussion, titled, Anatomy is Not Destiny: Sexual Orientation and Gender Variance, will consider whether the idea of a ‘sexual orientation’, as currently conceived by professionals and laypersons, can encompass the full range of sex identities and sexualities.

Dr. Shrage is director of Women’s Studies and a professor of Philosophy at FIU. She is the author of Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate (Oxford 2003), and Moral Dilemmas of Feminism: Prostitution, Adultery, and Abortion (Routledge 1994). Much of her work investigates how social resistance to sexual norms relates to feminist political practice.

For more information on the lecture series contact Dr. Scott Stewart at scott_stewart@cbu.ca.