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Leading expert in biology and gender development, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling presents Women's History Month keynote on March 26

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Acclaimed biologist and gender studies scholar Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling (Professor Emerita, Brown University) will deliver USM’s Women and Gender Studies inaugural Diana E. Long Women and Science lecture, "Gender/Sex, Sexual Orientation and Identity are in the Body: How Did They Get There?" The topic examines how cultural difference becomes bodily difference and exposes the flawed premise of the nature versus nurture debate.

The March lecture at USM also serves as the Women’s History Month keynote and is free and open to the public. Due to anticipated high interest in this event, we encourage registration to reserve a seat.

In addition, USM Women and Gender Studies will host their annual Awards Ceremony, presenting four major awards -- to outstanding alumni, faculty or staff, and community members, who have significantly advanced the work of gender equality over the previous year.

This event is co-sponsored by USM's Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council.


Tuesday, March 26

Reception and Awards: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker Dr. Fausto-Sterling: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus


Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling is a Brown University Professor Emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a leading expert in biology and gender development. Using a groundbreaking new approach to understanding gender differences, Dr. Fausto-Sterling is shifting old assumptions about how humans develop particular traits. Dynamic systems theory permits one to understand how cultural difference becomes bodily difference. By applying a dynamic systems approach to the study of human development, her work exposes the flawed premise of the nature versus nurture debate.

Diana E. Long (1938-2017), Professor Emerita of History at the University of Southern Maine, served as Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program from 1989 to 1995. She taught history and gender studies at USM until her retirement in 2008. Diana Long’s path-breaking research in gender and science helped pioneer the application of feminist analysis to the history of medicine. In 2018, in an effort to honor and remember her, her colleagues in Women and Gender Studies at USM created an award in her name, along with hosting an annual lecture on women and science.