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Gaga Feminism: An Evening with Jack Halberstam The Provost’s Writers Series

Visions and Voices

USC professor Jack Halberstam is the author of five books, including Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal. With a knack for finding queer meaning in unlikely pop-culture spaces, Halberstam will explore what SpongeBob SquarePants, pregnant men and Lady Gaga tell us about sex and gender in the 21st century.
The Provost’s Writers Series highlights the extraordinary talents of USC authors. Throughout the year, Provost Elizabeth Garrett will host four evenings featuring USC faculty, who will read from and discuss their recent publications. The series will provide opportunities for students and the community to engage with USC authors, learn about the incredible diversity of their work and celebrate the written word. 

We will kick off the 2013–14 Provost’s Writers Series with Jack Halberstam, a professor of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies and comparative literature at USC and the author of five books, including Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters, Female Masculinity, In a Queer Time and Place and The Queer Art of Failure. Halberstam’s most recent book, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal, attempts to make sense of the tectonic shifts that have transformed gender and sexual politics in the last few decades. Halberstam is currently working on several projects, including a book called The Wild on queer anarchy. (WebsiteTwitterAmazon

With a compelling knack for finding queer meaning in unlikely pop-culture spaces, Halberstam will explore what SpongeBob SquarePants, pregnant men and Lady Gaga tell us about sex and gender in the 21st century. The evening will include a conversation moderated by Josh Kun, associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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