You’ve all had that experience: standing at the omelet line at Frary brunch, and there they are. You spend the rest of brunch avoiding eye contact. You’re 80% sure it’s the right person. After all, they stumbled out of your room at 4am.
No, that’s not you. You’ve been roommates with your significant other since OA. Maybe it started as a drunken hookup, but now you’re never seen apart. You go to meals together. You walk to class together, holding hands. You have pets as surrogate children.
One-night-stand or soul mate, college relationships often fall into these two categories. Are these our only options? What ever happened to courtship? Dinner and a movie? Are committed relationships what we’re truly after, or is exploration the essence of college? Join us for a titillating discussion on hook-up culture and modern relationships on college campuses. Speaking on a panel will be conservative historian Professor Wilfred McClay (Pepperdine); cultural sociologist Professor Roger Friedland (UCSB), focusing on love, sex, and religion; and the amazing Pomona politics Professor Susan McWilliams, coming back from a year of sabbatical.
Tuesday, April 27th, 4:15pm, Rose Hills Theater.
More about our speakers:
Roger Friedland, studying the intersections between culture, religion, and eroticism, is a cultural sociologist and professor in the Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author and co-author of many works in religion and sociology, including most recently “Matters of Culture: Cultural Sociology in Practice” and “To Rule Jerusalem.” He is currently teaching a class titled “Sex, Love and God” where he explores the new and problematic nature of love.
Wilfred M. McClay has been SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is also Professor of History, since 1999. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Dallas, and is currently a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program of Princeton University. He was appointed in 2002 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book “The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America” won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history published in the years 1993 and 1994. Among his other books are “The Student’s Guide to U.S. History”, and “Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America.”
Susan McWilliams teaches in the Pomona politics department, where her courses include “American Democracy in Theory and Practice,” “Dangerous Books,” and “Politics and Literature.” Her areas of expertise include History of Political Thought; American Political Thought; African-American Political Thought; Politics and Literature; Politics and the Family and Politics of Travel.
Read a recent article by Professor McWilliams on the Front Porch Republic about college hookup culture!