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The Origins of Orientation: Sexuality in 2011

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Saturday, June 4, 2011
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Tishman Auditorium at The New School

Sexuality and gender play a profound role in shaping identity, but for much of human history how they are determined has remained obscure. How does sexual orientation develop? What is it? Can it be changed? What is the relationship between sexuality and gender? How do biology and culture interact to produce it? Why does homosexuality defy evolution’s dictate for reproduction? The long list of questions that has spanned centuries may finally be getting answers.
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  • Andrew Solomon

    Andrew Solomon’s most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; it has received 14 additional national awards and is published in 24 languages. Solomon is a lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, and has lectured on depression around the world. More »


  • Meredith Chivers

    Psychologist Meredith Chivers is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Sexuality & Gender Laboratory in the Psychology Department at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in 2003 and, from 2004 to 2009, completed post-doctoral research training at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. More »
  • Jim Pfaus

    Psychologist, Neuroscientist Jim Pfaus has sex on the brain. An internationally known expert in the neurobiology of sexual behavior, Pfaus has authored over 150 publications and chapters that examine how the brain’s neurochemical and neuroanatomical systems are organized for sexual arousal, desire, pleasure, and inhibition. More »
  • Paul Vasey

    Behavioral Neuroscientist If reproduction is the engine that drives evolution, why engage in non-conceptive sex? In his attempt to tackle this question, Paul Vasey employs concurrent cross-species and cross-cultural perspectives. More »
  • Marc Breedlove

    Neuroscientist Marc Breedlove, the Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, has written over 100 scientific articles investigating the role of hormones in shaping the developing and adult nervous system, and has been widely interviewed about his research. More »