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April 18, 2007

French Sociologist To Speak April 30 About Gay Marriage

Eric Fassin, a sociology professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, will speak at the University of Iowa at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30 in Room 704 of the Jefferson Building. His lecture, "Love of the Same, Love of the Other," will address race and the politics of gay marriage in France and the United States.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Women's Studies Department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fassin began teaching in the Department of Social Sciences at Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1994. He runs the university's Department of Social Sciences doctoral program and is a scholar at IRIS, an interdisciplinary research institute on contemporary issues. Fassin served as assistant director of the Institute of French Studies at New York University from 1989 to 1994.

In addition to studying sexual politics in France and in the United States, Fassin does research on racial politics and the sociology and ethnography of intellectuals, politics and the public sphere.

Fassin is the author of "The Inversion of the Homosexual Question" (Amsterdam, 2005), and, with Clarisse Fabre, "Liberty, Equality, Sexualities" (Belfond, 2003). He recently co-edited a book to be adapted in English as "The Rising Significance of Race in France." He also just launched a series of volumes on gender and sexuality, and is working on a book entitled "Same Sex, Different Politics: Comparative Politics of 'Gay Marriage'" (Duke University Press).

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