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2019 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture: Greta LaFleur
October 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The natural history of sexuality in North America will be the focus of the 2019 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture by Greta LaFleur, associate professor of American studies at Yale University. This event is free and open to the public.
LaFleur’s research and teaching focus on early North American literacy and cultural studies, and the histories of science, race and sexuality. She is the author of “The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America” and co-editor of a special issue of “American Quarterly,” focused on the origins of biopolitics in the Americas.
In the Simpson Lecture, LaFleur will explore how 18th-century natural history — the study of organic life in its environment — actually provided the intellectual foundations for the later development of the scientific study of sex, or sexology.
The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series features speakers of prominence who provide significant insight on the intersection of science and history.
In 2001, Simpson’s family established the Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Fund at the University of Maine Foundation. Simpson was a well-respected faculty member whose 55-year career in the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station began in 1931. He chaired the Entomology Department from 1954 until his retirement in 1974.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 581.2774.