The Science of Sexual Orientation

Simon LeVay, author of "Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why," and the college textbook, "Human Sexuality"; professor emeritus, Harvard University and the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Common Hour event series
Sponsored by Center for Liberal Arts & Society, Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean of the College, Brooks College House, Women & Gender Studies Program, LGBTA

Thursday, April 12, 2012
11:30 a.m.
Common Hour website

What causes a person to become gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight?

Neuroscientist Simon LeVay has been at the center of this controversy since 1991, when he reported on a difference in brain structure between gay and straight men. In this lecture he provides an update on the science, and he asks whether scientific knowledge about sexuality is relevant to how sexual minorities are treated by society.

The lecture complements this semester's team-taught course in LGBTIQ studies, WGS 275, "Constructing Sexualities" and will facilitate dialogue on the broader legal and social issues involving sexual orientation.

This event is open to the public.

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