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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
6:00 PM


57th Street Books




Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


“A clear, intersectional picture of the forces breeding a campus culture that bulldozes consent, as well as a path forward that emphasizes empathy, mutual respect, and bodily autonomy.”—Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire

Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan will be discussing "Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus." A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Committee on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

At 57th Street Books

About the book: In recent years, college campuses have come to the forefront of national conversations about sexual assault: its causes, the stigma survivors endure when they report, the consequences (or lack thereof) perpetrators face if exposed. How can we make college campuses safer so that sexual assault isn’t such a prevalent danger? How can external social pressures even before college predispose kids to commit assault? How can parents start dialogues with their children to teach them what constitutes healthy sexual behavior? And how can we change high school sex education in ways that make assaults less likely, and people’s sexual lives more fulfilling?

In "Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus," Columbia professors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan answer these questions. The book is rich with the testimonies of over 150 Columbia students who participated in the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT). Hirsch and Khan’s goal, in sharing these stories, is not to make moral judgments or decide what the ideal legal ramifications of assault should be. Their approach is steeped in empathy, seeking to elucidate the social roots of sexual assault, approaching it as a public health problem, and to explain it by setting out a broader understanding of how sex is organized and what it means to young people in college.

About the authors: Jennifer S. Hirsch is a professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and codirects SHIFT.

Shamus Khan is a professor and chair of sociology at Columbia University, and coheads the ethnographic team of SHIFT.