August 16, 2002 Author Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz to Discuss "Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in 19th-Century America" at the Library of Congress

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Historian and author Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz will discuss her latest book, “Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America,” at the Library of Congress on Monday, Sept. 23. The presentation is sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and the Center for the Book as part of its “Books and Beyond” series. The program will take place at noon in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public.

“Rereading Sex” is a lively and wide-ranging exploration of the many conflicting ideologies about sexual expression arising in America during the 19th century and continuing vociferously to the present. The public voicing of opinions on all aspects of sexuality–sets the stage for collisions between new groups committed to free speech and those battling to suppress representation of sexual matters.

Horowitz, the Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, writes extensively on American cultural history. “Campus Life,” “Alma Mater,” and the “Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas” have examined higher education from the 18th century to the present, while “Culture & the City” explored popular culture and philanthropy in Chicago from the 1880s to 1917. Horowitz has received grants and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Spencer Foundation, among others. She holds a doctorate in American civilization from Harvard University.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and collection development in the Main, Local History and Genealogy and Microform Reading Rooms at the Library of Congress. It regularly sponsors programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. It provides a broad range of programs through its “Books and Beyond” series in Washington, D.C., and through its affiliate centers in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Visit its Web site at


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