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Kinsey Biographer to Deliver Santagata Lecture

Story posted March 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Author James Jones will deliver the Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture in the Social Sciences on Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. The lecture, "Science in the Boudoir: Alfred C. Kinsey and the Rise of Scientific Research on Human Sexual Behavior," is open to the public free of charge.

Jones is the author of "Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life" (W.W. Norton & Co., 1997), a biography of Kinsey, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1916. Kinsey gained fame after conducting extensive research into human sexuality through mass polling and interviews. The so-called "Kinsey Reports" -- "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" and "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female" -- caused tremendous uproar and debate in America when released in 1948 and 1953, respectively.

Jones is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston. He is the author of "America And Its People" (Harper/Collins, 1996) and "Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment" (The Free Press, 1981). His Kinsey biography was named "A Notable Book of 1997" by The New York Times Book Review and Best Biography of 1997 by The London Financial Times.

The Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1982 by family and friends of Kenneth V. Santagata, a member of the Class of 1973. The fund is used to provide at least one lecture each term, rotating in the arts, humanities and social sciences, with lecturers to be recognized authorities in their respective fields who present new, novel or nonconventional approaches to the designated topic in the specified category.

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