Time & Date
Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:30 pm
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps
Dr. Jen Ashton, chief medical correspondent for ABC News, interviews Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan about their groundbreaking book, "Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus," which looks at sexual assault as a public health problem. Their study was profiled in the New Yorker last year.
About "Sexual Citizens"
A groundbreaking study that transforms how we see and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault.
The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it? "Sexual Citizens" provides answers. Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study of sexual assault on a campus to date, Hirsch and Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots, transcending current debates about consent, predators in a “hunting ground,” and the dangers of hooking up.
"Sexual Citizens" is based on years of research interviewing and observing college life―with students of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Hirsch and Khan’s landmark study reveals the social ecosystem that makes sexual assault so predictable, explaining how physical spaces, alcohol, peer groups, and cultural norms influence young people’s experiences and interpretations of both sex and sexual assault. Through the powerful concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies,” the authors offer a new and widely-accessible language for understanding the forces that shape young people’s sexual relationships. Empathetic, insightful, and far-ranging, "Sexual Citizens" transforms our understanding of sexual assault and offers a roadmap for how to address it.