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Lecture by Laura Wexler
Thursday, March 19, 2015 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Free and open to the public. 
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first-served basis

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Laura Wexler is professor of American Studies, professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and co-chair of the Women’s Faculty Forum at Yale University. Her scholarship primarily centers on the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and class in film and photography from the nineteenth century to the present-day in the United States.  She teaches courses such as “The History of Photography,” “Visuality and Violence,” “Photography, History and Memory,” “Gender & Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture” and “Digital Humanities.” Professor Wexler has authored numerous books on these subjects, including Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) and Pregnant Pictures (Routledge, 2000), co–authored with photographer Sandra Matthews. Most recently, she contributed to A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Professor Wexler completed her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College, having also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied photography. She holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. In addition to Yale University, she has taught at institutions including Columbia University, Amherst College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Peking University.

Wexler is now at work on a monograph about race and American visual culture, The Awakening of Cultural Memory: Heritage Fiction and Photographic Truth, and a collection of essays, The Look, The Gaze and the Relay Race: Photography and Everyday Memory.  Here she explores of the work of Diane Arbus, Roman Vishniac, and Randolf Linsly Simpson, among others.