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Convocation speaker will challenge gender development assumptions

December  22, 2011

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

On Thursday, Jan. 12, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling will speak on gender identity and her research on the emergence of behavioral differences between the sexes in early childhood. This free, public lecture – titled “How Do Naked Newborns Become Boys or Girls?” – will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave).

According to Dr. Fausto-Sterling, “Gender identity cannot be separate from society.” A member of the Brown University faculty for more than 40 years, Dr. Fausto-Sterling has studied human development and the emergence of sexual differences in behavior in infants. Her approach helps explain how cultural experience turns into bodily difference.

Dr. Jane Simonsen, professor of history and women’s and gender studies, said, “When you attend this lecture, be ready to have your views challenged – in a good way … and in a way that helps you better understand your relationships with yourself and with the people around you.”

Earning her undergraduate credentials from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Fausto-Sterling went on to earn a Ph.D. from Brown University. She is the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown, and also Chair of the Faculty Committee on Science and Technology Studies. Her books include Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men and Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
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