"Sexual Citizens" Discussion with Authors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan

Thursday, April 28 at 2:00pm to 3:15pm

This is a past event.

Doheny Memorial Library Room 240, DML 240

An in-person discussion on understanding the contributing factors to sexual assault in undergraduate college environments, and what we can do to change current campus patterns.

Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life, and what can be done to prevent it? Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study to date of sexual assault on a campus, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots, based on the powerful concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies.” Empathic, insightful, and far-ranging, Sexual Citizens transforms our understanding of sexual assault and offers a roadmap for how to address it.

USC undergraduate students, faculty, undergraduate advisors and student service professionals, clinicians and graduate students developing work with young adult populations, administrative planners and policymakers who shape the undergraduate experience, and all members of the university community are invited to this important conversation. Note: this presentation will contain descriptions of sexual assault; attendees are welcome to take breaks as needed, and confidential advocates and therapists from Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services will be on site for assistance.

The Planning Committee and Invitation Committee for this event encourage attendance and engagement in this activity. For guests who are unable to attend in person, a zoomcast will be provided: https://usc.zoom.us/j/6599233057.

Register to reserve your seat.

We invite our community to become familiar with the concepts and are pleased to let the community know that the book is available through the USC Bookstores (the first 50 registered attendees will receive a complimentary copy, while supplies last).

A book-signing event and reception will be held at McKay's Restaurant in the USC Hotel from 4 PM - 5:15 PM for attendees interested in meeting the authors at this informal reception.

Event Type

Health and Community Well-Being


Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus



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