Halberstam Joins Fisher Center Speakers Series – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Halberstam Joins Fisher Center Speakers Series

Author of Female Masculinity to speak at HWS

February 15, 2000 Geneva, NY – Judith Halberstam, author of Female Masculinities, will round out the Winter Term of speakers for the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She will present “Millennial Masculinities” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on campus. The public is invited to attend.

Halberstam is an associate professor of literature at the University of California at San Diego who specializes in a wide range of topics, including Victorian culture, queer theory, postmodern culture, Gothic literature and the horror film, and gender studies. Her most recent book, Female Masculinity (1998), is an imaginative account of alternative models of masculinity, drawing on the study of the masculine lesbian woman. The book received two Lambda Book Awards as well as the Publisher's Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction. She is the author of several books and numerous other publications, and is currently at work on a new book titled Millennial Masculinities.

The Fisher Center Lecture Series includes four speakers each term who deliver an evening lecture and, the following morning, lead a discussion group within their area of expertise. The morning-after seminar is an integral part of the programming. “Having the speakers engage with students both broadly and more individually offers students with special interests the opportunity to make contact with an expert in that area,” said Dunbar Moodie, director of the Fisher Center. “It's a value-added situation.”

Upcoming speakers for Spring Term include: Argentina Terán de Erdman, Michael Messner, Valerie Walkerdine, and Barrie Thorne.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was inaugurated in October, 1998, and was established by a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men is the perfect intersection of the Colleges' coordinate history and trends in the study of gender issues throughout academe.

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