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Post-Election America: Gender Politics

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

In this Post-Election America lecture, Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela (Assistant Professor of History) will focus on the role of gender and sexuality, especially as pertains to the feminist movement, in explaining Trump’s rise to power, and more importantly in contemplating the future. There’s little question that these issues were paramount in the Democratic primaries and the general election that and that they played out in ways that challenged our assumptions about equality and progress. Looking ahead, claims that “the future is female” are bolstered by the experience of the largest march in U.S. history, but also seriously qualified by the intensified precariousness of rights of women and LGBT people domestically and worldwide. This class will touch on the realms of rhetoric, policy, and lived experience in attempting to explain and to engage in our unprecedented political moment.

Individuals not registered for this ULEC course must sign in at the event as guests. Please arrive early.

For more information about the Post-Election America course please read the course description on the University course catalog.


Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela is an Assistant Professor of History at The New School. Mehlman-Petrzela's first book, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford, 2015), explores the roots of the culture wars in American public schools, specifically amid heated battles over sexuality and bilingual education. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Slate, Well+Good, and The Huffington Post and she has been featured as an expert historian in diverse media venues such as Brian Lehrer TV, The History Channel, and The Atlantic

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Politics, Policy and Government


The New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design, Schools of Public Engagement, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


International Affairs and Development , Politics, Gender and Sexuality


Free; Individuals not registered for this ULEC course must sign in at the event.

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