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For Love Or Money - September 11, 2015 - February 12, 2016

In Fall 2015, the Kinsey Institute Gallery will feature the art exhibition For Love or Money as its contribution to the IU Themester. This year the theme is @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet. Our exhibition will include at least sixty artworks, artifacts, and print items from the Institute’s research collections that depict individuals involved in sex-related professions, such as prostitution, burlesque performance, exotic dancing, adult film production, nude and erotic modeling, peep shows, female impersonation, and drag performance.

The show will feature work by contemporary artists Herbert Ascherman, Dennis Chamberlin, Michael Grecco, Dirk Hooper, Dave Levingston, M.C. Madrigal, Barbara Nitke, Len Prince, Michael Rosen, Dona Schwartz, Pam Spaulding, Annie Sprinkle, Daniel D. Teoli Jr., Martin Weinberg, and Hope Wurmfeld, as well as vintage artworks, photographs, books and magazines. These varied items will offer a broad view of these professions, beyond the stereotype of sex-related work as purely victimization. These professions may be out of the mainstream, but they are a significant part of the American economy and culture.

Related events include a public lecture on September 11th by sex educator Annie Sprinkle, and lectures by IU Professor Martin Weinberg and IU Adjunct Professor Dr. Stepanka Korytova (dates TBA).

Oxytocin and Human Evolution: What's love got to do with it? - September 21, 4pm, Psychology Bldg 101

Oxytocin is a mammalian neuropeptide, until recently described as a “female” hormone with functions limited to reproduction. It is now clear that oxytocin has a broad range of consequences that are critical in both sexes to mammalian development and sociality. Studies in socially monogamous prairie voles have revealed a role for oxytocin - and the related hormone, vasopressin - in several behaviors associated with what humans call “love.” For example, social bonds, biparental behavior and alloparenting are all regulated in part by oxytocin.

Oxytocin played a critical role in the evolution of the human nervous system, allowing birth of an infant with a large cranium through a pelvis adapted for walking upright. Oxytocin is essential for lactation and thus the nurture of offspring, and through effects on the autonomic nervous system, oxytocin supports the oxygen-hungry human cortex. Oxytocin in humans and other mammals regulates physiological and emotional reactivity to stressors, can reduce fear and may increase trust. Oxytocin can facilitate various aspects of health and restoration, perhaps accounting for some of the “healing power of love.” More recently we have discovered a variety of functions for oxytocin in mammalian development. For example, exposure to oxytocin in early life can epigenetically program subsequent social behaviors and its own receptors. In addition, exposure to exogenous oxytocin (Pitocin) can have dose-dependent effects on the development of sociality and peptide receptors with potential lasting consequences, which are only now being recognized. Oxytocin is indeed a hormone of “love,” with functions across the life-span that deserve respect and further study.

Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences as part of the Fall 2015 Colloquium Series.

Sex Work on the Streets of San Francisco: The Gendered Structure and Experience of the Work - October 14, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Morrison Hall 007

IU Professor of Sociology Dr. Martin Weinberg will give a public lecture in which he will discuss his experiences as a sex researcher and his extensive research on various forms of sex work.

Dr. Weinberg joined the department in 1968 and for 13 years had a joint appointment as Senior Research Sociologist at the Kinsey Institute. During that time he conducted research on homosexuality and coauthored two books on the subject.

The Kinsey Institute Gallery will be open following the talk to allow visitors to see the “For Love or Money” exhibition.  This show features three photographs by Dr. Weinberg.

Taken and the Misrepresentation of Sex Trafficking - November Date TBA, 12-1, Kinsey Institute conference room, Morrison Hall

IU Adjunct Professor Dr. Stepanka Korytova has published Global Human Trafficking Bibliography 2000-2010, available on the Global Center website and in the library of The Kinsey Institute. Her current research focuses on the intersection of sex trafficking and domestic violence. Following the presentation, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the “For Love or Money” exhibition. All talks will be open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.


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