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Public Lectures presents Maggie Nelson – On Freedom: A Conversation with Gayle Salamon

Maggie Nelson, University of Southern California; Gayle Salamon, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies

April 7, 2022 · 5:00 pm6:15 pm · 50 McCosh Hall

Department of English

Maggie Nelson currently works in the department of English at the University of Southern California. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA grant, an Innovative Literature Fellowship from Creative Capital, an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.

Maggie is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry and prose. Her nonfiction titles include the national bestseller On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint (2021; named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as well as a Best Book of 2021 by the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and NPR); the New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts (2015); The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (2009; named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years); The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (2007); and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007) and Jane: A Murder (2005). She writes frequently about art, including essays on Carolee Schneemann, Matthew Barney, Sarah Lucas, Nayland Blake, Tala Madani, Kara Walker, and Rachel Harrison.

Gayle Salamon is Professor of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her research interests include phenomenology, feminist philosophy, queer and transgender theory, contemporary Continental philosophy, and disability studies.  She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (Columbia University Press, 2010) winner of the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Her most recent book The Life and Death of Latisha King:  A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia (NYU Press, 2018) uses phenomenology to explore the case of Latisha King, a trans girl who was shot and killed in her Oxnard, California junior high school by a classmate in 2008.

Free tickets are required for in-person participation. Attendees must attest to being fully vaccinated and boosted, and wear masks at all times inside Princeton University facilities. Please note that social distancing may not be possible.

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