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Downtown Lecture Series: “Sex, Scandal, and Reputation in Early California”


In this talk, Erika Pérez, associate professor in the Department of History, will discuss her ongoing research on sex scandals and sex crimes in 19th-century California, focusing on a few specific legal cases and newspaper accounts to illustrate popular debates and societal anxiety about female sexuality, courtship, and the absence of patriarchal protection. Pérez will also examine what lessons we might draw by studying historical, as well as more recent, cases of sex crimes, sex scandals, and abuse.
This free, in-person lecture is part of the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Downtown Lecture Series on “Sexualities,” held at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Oct. 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Free admission with registration.

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