Cornell University

The Body as an Artifact of Culture: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Cornell Library's Human Sexuality Collection

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Everyone knows that bodies are shaped by calories, hormones, genetics, and age. But we don’t always consider how our bodies are also defined by culture. Join historian and award-winning professor Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa and The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls, for an illuminating discussion about the ways in which the adolescent female body has been shaped by American culture.

Cornell University Library’s exhibition Speaking of Sex celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Human Sexuality Collection. By focusing on marginalized and contested areas of sexuality, the collection encourages us to think about sex from many angles and is a vital resource to the field of sexuality studies. The exhibition includes items from the original 1988 Mariposa archives gift through very recent acquisitions, and runs from Valentine’s Day to National Coming Out Day.

A reception and viewing of the exhibition will follow the lecture, in the Carl A. Kroch Library, level 2B, at 5:30 p.m. This event is hosted by Cornell Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

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Cornell University Library


exhibition, history, American studies, Cornell University Library, CUL, sex, sexuality studies, rare and manuscript collections, American culture, artifacts, rare books, Brumberg



Free and open to all

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Joan Jacobs Brumberg

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Cornell University, American Studies

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