April 06, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Anne Fausto-Sterling will give the talk, "Gender, Sexuality and Problem of Memory," Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

A professor of biology and gender studies at Brown University, Fausto-Sterling is the author of Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men and Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the Women's and Gender Studies Distinguished Lecture and the third lecture in the Social Science Colloquium Series, "Anatomy of Gender: Science, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century." It is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the University Lectureship Committee, and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.

"Professor Fausto-Sterling's talk will explore recent attempts to explain variations in human gender expression and sexual desire," said Susan Reed, director of the Bucknell Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender and an assistant professor of women's and gender studies and anthropology at Bucknell.

"She will look at social scientific approaches that regard memory as a form of statistically analyzable data, contrasting such approaches with contemporary neurobiological understandings of how memory works.

"Fausto-Sterling will demonstrate that neurobiology may have more in common with psychoanalysis in its approach to memory, gender and sexuality than it does with sociology and other social sciences," said Reed.

A member of the Brown University faculty for more than 35 years, Fausto-Sterling serves as chair of the Faculty Committee on Science and Technology. She has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions in the United States and abroad in the departments of biology, medical science, gender studies and science studies.

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fausto-Sterling has received grants and fellowships in both the sciences and the humanities. Author of scientific publications in developmental genetics and developmental ecology, she has achieved recognition for works that challenge entrenched scientific beliefs while engaging with the general public.

Chosen as one of the Outstanding Academic Books of 2000 by Choice Magazine, Sexing the Body was the co-winner of the Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology. The following year, it received the Distinguished Publication Award by the Association for Women in Psychology.

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