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April 2, 2009

Éric Fassin, Acclaimed Scholar of Gender and Sexuality, to Lecture at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Éric Fassin, a professor in social sciences in Paris, will present “The Sexual Boundaries of Europe: Sexual Democracy, Immigration and National Identities” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Carroll Room, Campus Center, Smith College. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Smith’s Department of French Studies, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, the Lecture Committee and Five Colleges, Inc.

Fassin works on the politics of gender, sexuality and race and their intersections, both in France and in the United States. His publications include “Droit conjugal et unions de même sexe: Mariage, partenariat et concubinage dans neuf pays européens” (Conjugal Law and Same-Sex Unions: Marriage, Partnership and Concubinage in Nine European Countries) and “L’inversion de la question homosexuelle.” (The Inversion of the Homosexual Question).

For disability access information or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

For further information, call Michaela Cahillane at the Smith College Department of French Studies at (413) 585-3360.

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