Kinsey Institute Discussion Series

The Kinsey Institute Discussion Series highlights current sex and sexuality research from a wide array of disciplines. Speakers include Kinsey Institute faculty, visiting scholars, Kinsey Institute affiliates, and invited researchers. Lectures are offered throughout the academic year and are free and open to the public. 

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Spring 2021

Higher Education & LGBTQ+ Students: Cindy Ann Kilgo, Ph.D.

Cindy Ann Kilgo is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University.

Their research focuses on the impact of college on students. Specifically, they focus on the influence of “high-impact” educational practices on students’ learning and development, minoritized students’ collegiate experiences (focus on LGBTQ+ students), and institutional change processes toward more inclusive and just campus environments.  Their recent work has focused on the experiences of queer and trans collegians, including their book, Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students: Tools for Inclusive Campus Practice.

Beginning in April 2021, they will serve as Chair-Elect for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Queer Studies Special Interest Group.

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Transgender and Minority Health: Laura Knudson, M.D.

Laura Knudson is a Family Medicine physician at the Student Health Center for Indiana University-Bloomington. She is also a founding member and current chair of the Gender Affirming Care Team, a multidisciplinary group at the Student Health Center formed to provide excellent trans-competent healthcare for gender diverse students.

Laura studied medicine at the University of Minnesota, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT in 2010. She has focused on gynecologic care, eating disorders, and LGBTQ+ care in the communities of Ogden, UT and Bloomington, IN, prior to joining the Student Health Center faculty in 2018. She joined with mental health therapists and health education and behavior experts at the Student Health Center to form the Gender Affirming Care Team, and enjoys providing trans-competent care including gender-affirming hormone therapy, gender-affirming gynecologic care, and primary care. She also enjoys speaking to other future healthcare providers about gender diversity and providing a welcoming and affirming environment for people of all genders.

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Female Husbands and Queer Wives: Jen Manion, PhD

Jen Manion is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College. She is a social and cultural historian whose work examines the role of gender and sexuality in American life. Manion is author of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (Penn, 2015) which received the inaugural Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Their most recent book, Female Husbands: A Trans History (Cambridge, 2020) was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Manion has published dozens of essays for popular and scholarly audiences and serves on the editorial boards of Amherst College Press, Early American Studies, and The William and Mary Quarterly. She is currently chair of the OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians & Histories. Manion is working on a two-volume series, The Cambridge History of Sexuality in the United States with co-editor Nicholas Syrett. Previously, Jen worked for ten years at Connecticut College as a faculty member in the history department and founding director of the LGBTQ Resource Center. Jen received a PhD in history from Rutgers University and a BA in history with an English minor from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude.

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Love and COVID: An Interview with Dr. Justin Garcia

Dr. Jessica Hille speaks with Dr. Justin Garcia about findings  from recent Kinsey Institute research about COVID-19 and relationships.

Dr. Justin Garcia is the Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Garcia’s research into the evolutionary and biocultural foundations of intimate relationships across the life course has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time, and he has appeared to give expert commentary on numerous media outlets. He is a key member of the Kinsey Institute’s COVID-19 research team into the pandemic’s effects on sexuality and intimate relationships, and in 2018, he was appointed a Bicentennial Professor at Indiana University.

Dr. Jessica Hille is the Assistant Director for Education at the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Hille received her Ph.D. from the Department of Gender Studies at IU and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on sexuality, diversity, and relationships. 

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Fall 2020

SYMPOSIUM: "31 Photographs: ‘Obscenity,’ Censorship, and Academic Freedom"

A 4-week symposium hosted by the Kinsey Institute exploring government surveillance and censorship, and the importance of free expression in a democratic society. 

These talks are inspired by the history and ongoing impact of a 1956 U.S. customs case in which 31 photographs and other materials being shipped to the Kinsey Institute (then the Institute for Sex Research) were seized for being “obscene” under the laws of the day. IU president Herman B Wells sided with the Institute and the principles of academic freedom, and a federal court ultimately ruled in Kinsey and IU’s favor.

More than six decades later, Indiana University carries on Herman B Wells’ legacy as a champion of free academic inquiry. The symposium will feature talks related to censorship and academic freedom, art and obscenity, and the relationship between democracy and how free people are to express themselves. Speakers will explore the role of government in shaping what is deemed ‘acceptable,’ particularly as it relates to sexuality and sexual expression, and how individuals and institutions can challenge censorship to promote free expression and democratic values.

This event is sponsored by Themester 2020, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

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