The Institute for Public Knowledge will host “Too Hot to Handle? A Global History of Sex Education,” a panel discussion, on Mon., March 30, 6-8 p.m., 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor.

“Too Hot to Handle? A Global History of Sex Education" poster.
“Too Hot to Handle? A Global History of Sex Education" poster.

The discussants include Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development whose forthcoming Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education (Princeton University Press) considers how this controversial subject began in the West and spread steadily around the world over the past century.

In the book, Zimmerman observes that as people crossed borders, they unified to block sex education from most of their classrooms. The work examines the key players who supported and opposed the sex education movement, offering a close look at one of the most debated and divisive hallmarks of modern schooling.

Other panelists include:

• Ritty Lukose, a professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and chair of the South Asia Initiative at NYU whose research deals primarily with the relationship between politics and culture within the context of western, global, and non-Western feminisms.
• Barron Lerner, a professor of medicine and population health at NYU School of Medicine and author of The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America (2003).
• Perry Halkitis, a professor of applied psychology, global public health, and population health/medicine at NYU and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies who specializes in HIV/AIDS bio-behavioral research studies for gay men, with an emphasis on the intersection of HIV with drug use and mental health burden.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, please call 212.998.7852.

Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or Photo ID required for entry.

Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).

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