Texas Tech University

Literature, Social Justice and Environment Initiative Hosts Roundtable Discussion on 'Sex, Bodies and Representation'

Glenys Young

March 25, 2019

Media are welcome to attend and cover the event.

WHAT: The Literature, Social Justice and Environment initiative, part of the Texas Tech University Department of English, will host its spring roundtable discussion, "I Sing the Body Eclectic: Sex, Bodies and Representation," to focus on the ways we think about and represent bodies, sex and sexualities from art to medicine to pop culture.


WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday (March 27)

WHERE: Human Sciences building, room 169

EVENT: Sponsored by the Department of English, the event will bring together faculty from various disciplines to share different viewpoints of how bodies are represented in popular culture and discuss the effects of those representations.

  • Artist Ghislaine Fremaux, an assistant professor of painting in the School of Art, will display her gorgeously colored, epic-scale nudes that demand viewers examine their assumptions about sexuality, selfhood, intimacy and embodied consciousness.
  • Emily Skidmore, an associate professor of U.S. history, gender and sexuality in the Department of History, most recently published "True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," and her current research looks at American attitudes toward breastfeeding from colonial times to today's public debates and activism.
  • Mike Lemon, an instructor in the Department of English, has studied the representation of non-normative bodies and sexualities in the feminist cult-classic comic "Bitch Planet."

The discussion will include time for questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public, and media are welcome and encouraged to cover it.

CONTACT: Sara Spurgeon, Literature, Social Justice and Environment program director, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8984 or sara.spurgeon@ttu.edu