About the event

Join us for a lecture by Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor of English at The University of Chicago and an alumna of the Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America and a founding member of the Post45 Collective. Nelson's new book, Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, traces the careers of these six brilliant women and their challenge to the preeminence of empathy as the ethical stance from which to view suffering.

Her talk will explore what this school of the unsentimental proposes as an alternative to the aesthetics and ethics of empathy.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women and Society