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LGBT Conference Focuses on Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault
Michel Foucault

Hofstra University’s Sixth Annual LGBT Conference, Michel Foucault: Beyond Sexuality 2014, will explore how Foucault’s legacy continues to inform important new work in ethics, feminism, queer studies, Greek and Roman antiquity, medicine, psychoanalysis, art, and literature – all in hope of using Foucault’s thought to shape our future. The conference, presented by Hofstra University’s LGBT Studies Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center, will be held March 27 and 28.

Admission is free and open to the public.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the final volumes of History of Sexuality, by Michel Foucault, one of the foremost and most widely read French philosophers of the 20th century. Both of these events can be viewed live, via webcast.

Two keynote addresses scheduled for Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Guthart Theater, 1st Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus, are among the highlights:

  • “What a Life Requires: Aesthetics of Existence and Black Queer Diasporic Formations”, presented by Dr. Roderick A. Ferguson, Professor of American Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; and African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota; author, Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique and The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference
  •  “Sexuality and Moral Personhood After Foucault”,presented by Dr. Ladelle McWhorter, James Thomas Professor in Philosophy, University of Richmond; author, Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization and Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy.

All conference events, with the exception of meals, are free to members of the Hofstra community upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For more information, a full schedule of panels or to register call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

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