Author, journalist and zine artist Pagan Kennedy will talk about “Sex and Drugs and Memory,” as the first speaker in the Fisher Center's Spring 2008 series, starting at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the library's Geneva Room.
Kennedy will review how drugs that were developed in the 20th century changed the rules of remembering our lives and living in a human body, including how one pill makes you remember and the other changes your gender.
The talk will spring from her latest books, “Confessions of a Memory Eater,” a 2006 novel revolving around a drug that restores autobiographical memory — the main character becomes “addicted” to his own memory; and a 2007 biography, “The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution,” which recounts the story of the first female-to-male change in 1950s Britain.
A roundtable discussion with students and faculty will begin at 9 a.m. the next day, in Demarest 212.
Kennedy has written nine books and contributed to dozens of publications including The New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, Dwell and Details. She has received an NEA fellowship in fiction, a Smithsonian fellowship, a Barnes and Noble Discover Award, a place on the New York Times Notable Book list and a Massachusetts Book Award Honor in Nonfiction. She is a columnist for The Boston Globe Ideas section.
Details on the Spring 2008 series are available at Fisher Center.