Monday, March 03, 2014
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Northridge Center Complex, University Student Union
The Department of Anthropology presents:
From Ritual Sex to Individuality
This year, we are delighted to have as our honored guest Dr. Gilbert Herdt. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the start of Dr. Herdt's famous work on the sexual culture of the Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea, which culminated in several foundational books, notably, Guardians of the Flutes (1981), Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia, The Religious Imagination in New Guinea (1989), Intimate Communications (1990), Third Sex, Third Gender (1994), and The Sambia (2006). In the US, he is also known for his path-breaking community based study in Chicago of self-identified gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents and their families, published as The Time of AIDS (1991), Gay Culture in America (1993), Children of Horizons, 1993, Something to Tell You, 2000, and recently, Sex Panic/Moral Panics, (NYU Press, 2009). He is currently working on a book "The Singers Are Gone", which is the story of how Sambia sexual culture has changed over this time.
The title of Dr. Herdt's talk is "From Ritual Sex to Sexual Individuality." The lecture will take place at 4pm on Monday, March 3, 2014 in the Northridge Complex of the USU.