Authors of new book about campus sexual assault bring book tour to UNC-CH

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carolina Union Auditorium. RSVP for this event today!

The Division of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance in partnership with the following list of cosponsors are bringing Dr. Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan to campus to discuss their new book, “Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus.” 

Through the lens of looking at sexual assault as a public health problem, Sexual Citizens draws from Columbia University’s Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT), arguably the most comprehensive study of sexual assault on a campus to date and was profiled in the New Yorker last year. The authors, drawing on testimonies of over 150 Columbia students who participated in the study, present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots—transcending current debates about consent, predators in a “hunting ground,” and the dangers of hooking up. Through the powerful concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies,” the authors offer a new and widely-accessible language for understanding the forces that shape young people’s sexual relationships and offers a roadmap for how to address sexual assault on campuses.

Book sales and signing will follow the discussion.

Co-Sponsors for this event include: Division of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Division of Student Affairs, The Carolina Women’s Center, The Injury Prevention Research Center, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC School of Social Work, The Graduate and Professional School Federation, The Coalition Against Violence, The Graduate School, Student Government Association, The College of Arts and Sciences, UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group

About the Authors

Jennifer S. Hirsch is a professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and codirects SHIFT. Shamus Khan is a professor and chair of sociology at Columbia University, and coheads the ethnographic team of SHIFT.

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch
Dr. Jennifer S. Hirsch
Shamus Khan
Dr. Shamus Khan