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Institute to host Title IX conversation with Northwestern professor

Video artist and feminist cultural critic Laura Kipnis will visit St. Olaf College January 24 for a discussion on her recent work and involvement with Title IX investigations in higher education, the #MeToo movement, and other current events.

The event, hosted by the St. Olaf Institute for Freedom and Community, will begin at 7 p.m. in Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons. Edmund Santurri, the Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom & Community, will interview Kipnis, followed by questions from the audience. The program, titled “Sexual Paranoia, Gender Strife, Cultural Revolution,” is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live and available on demand online.

Kipnis is a professor of radio, television, and film at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on a range of subjects, including sexual politics, gender issues, and popular culture. In recent years, she has worked to highlight how these topics present themselves on college campuses.

Her most recent book, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, draws on investigative reporting, cultural analysis, and her own experiences with Title IX investigations in higher education.

In addition to five other books, her essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, The Nation, Critical Inquiry, Social Text, Wide Angle, the Village Voice, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine. Her video essays have been screened and broadcast in North America (Museum of Modern Art, American Film Institute, Whitney Museum-Equitable Center), Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. Through its range of programming for students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of the liberal arts.

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