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In Defense of Rampant, Unfettered Narcissism

Author, artist and cultural critic Laura Kipnis gives the women’s history lecture March 5.

Laura Kipnis is an author, teacher, cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, emotion, acting out and generally bad behavior.

Kipnis will present Narcissism: A Defense, the annual Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture, on Tuesday, March 5, at Elmhurst College.

Kipnis’ wide-ranging, provocative books have been translated into 15 languages. The New York Times writes that in Against Love: A Polemic and How to Become a Scandal, Kipnis “has combined sharp analysis with blistering wit to challenge prevailing notions about love and sex, power and desire, hubris and retribution in American life.”

A radio/TV/film professor at Northwestern University, Kipnis also is a contributor to Slate, Harper's, The Nation, Playboy and The New York Times Magazine.

Narcissism: A Defense will begin at 4 p.m. on March 5 in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting www.elmhurst.edu/tix. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

The Genevieve Staudt Guestship Lecture is delivered annually during Women’s History Month at Elmhurst College. It is named for the College’s former dean of students, who served the College for 30 years and left an indelible stamp of leadership.

Source: Elmhurst College

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