“Rape: Race, Power & Politics in Early America” — Historical Background to the War on Women — Sharon Block

January 31, 2013
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

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Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.

Sharon Block, a respected historian of gender, sexuality and race in colonial America and associate professor of history at the University of California–Irvine, will deliver a free public lecture on the material from her first book, Rape and Sexual Power in Early America, (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).  Block’s work is particularly relevant to recent political controversies on how we understand rape.

The public lecture is sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, CSWS Law and Society Research Interest Group, and the UO Department of History.

From the publisher:

“In a comprehensive examination of rape and its prosecution in British America between 1700 and 1820, Sharon Block exposes the dynamics of sexual power on which colonial and early republican Anglo-American society was based.”