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Laura Kipnis | Monday, October 2
Visiting Artists and Scholars
SFAI alumna Laura Kipnis’ latest book, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, about being the subject of a Title IX investigation for writing an essay (and her investigation into the convoluted factors that led to this turn of events), was published in April by HarperCollins. When not battling would-be censors, Kipnis is a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. Her seven books—which include Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation; How to Become A Scandal; and Against Love: A Polemic—have been translated into fifteen languages. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the NEA and Yaddo. The essay that started all the trouble, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe,” was included in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen, who praised its professional risktaking. Kipnis is a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking.
Image credit: Illustration from “My Title IX Inquisition” by Laura Kipnis, 5/29/15. Photograph by Chronicle of Higher Education.