Annual Domna Stanton Lecture
October 8, 2014
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College

Lecture by Carole Vance, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
Consent in the Dark, "Good Sex", Universities, and the State"

Carole S. Vance, Ph.D., M.P.H., teaches and writes about sexuality and anthropology at Columbia University, New York City, where she is a Professor of Anthropology. She has written widely about sexual theory; sexuality and human rights; science, sexuality, gender, and health.

Vance is internationally recognized for her pioneering work as a theorist and critic of traditional social scientific approaches to sexuality and for her research on public policy debates related to sexuality.  Vance’s landmark book, Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, is a key text in the social science and feminist literature on women’s sexuality.  Vance founded, and for ten years directed, Columbia’s innovative Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which aimed to advance policy-relevant scholarship, as well as facilitate exchange between researchers and advocates on sexual health and rights issues. 

Dr. Vance has been an active participant in innovative training programs designed to increase capacity for sexuality research and advocacy.    She has been Co-Director of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society, University of Amsterdam (2000-2008), a Core Faculty Member at the Sexuality and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice in India (2000-present) and in Istanbul (2010-present), and  a faculty member in the STAR Partnership (Hanoi Medical University and Columbia University), Hanoi (2008-2009).

Dr. Vance’s most recent writing has focused on trafficking into forced prostitution.  She has received the David R. Kessler Award for lifetime contributions to the study of sexuality, and the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to sexuality studies. She has been a member of many activist groups including No More Nice Girls and the Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force.

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