Fausto-Sterling to Speak at Moe Lecture

Posted on April 13th, 2008 by

Anne Fausto-Sterling will speak at Gustavus on Tuesday, April 22

Anne Fausto-Sterling will speak at Gustavus on Tuesday, April 22

Anne Fausto-Sterling, a biology and gender studies professor at Brown University, will speak at this year’s Moe Lecture in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. This free public lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in Alumni Hall, located in the O.J. Johnson Student Union.

Fausto-Sterling, who teaches in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown, will present a speech titled “Emergent Difference: How to Avoid the Nature/Nuture Trap while Maintaining Respect for Biology, Psychology, Sociology, History and Anthropology.” In addition to the 7 p.m. lecture, Fausto-Sterling will take part in an open session at 2:30 p.m. April 22 in Linner Lounge, also located in the O.J. Johnson Student Union.

Author of scientific publications in developmental genetics and ecology, Fausto-Sterling has achieved recognition for works that challenge entrenched scientific beliefs while engaging with the general public. Her most recent work, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, was published in 2000 and examines the social nature of biological knowledge about animal and human sexuality.

The Moe Visiting Lectureship is endowed by Robert and Karin Moe in honor of their daughter, Kris Burke Moe, class of 1984. Since its inaugural year in 1997, the Moe Lectureship has afforded Gustavus the opportunity to bring top feminist scholars to campus from the fields of biology, English, nursing, philosophy, history, and theatre.

In addition to their generous support of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies lecture, the Moe Family made a $1 million commitment in the fall of 2007 to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus.


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