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Politics Book Discussion Event: Courtney Jung

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Courtney Jung will give an overview of her new book Lactivism with commentary by Mala Htun.

Courtney Jung digs deep into what’s going on with breastfeeding policies and politics in her new book, LACTIVISM: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy (Basic Books; November 24, 2015). Exploring the racism, classism, and sexism that informs much of breastfeeding advocacy, Jung turns a critical eye on this ever-expanding world, the communities who compose it, and the dubious science behind it. Commentary provided by Mala Htun.

Courtney Jung is a professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Toronto. She holds a PhD from Yale University. She has published two previous books, Then I Was Black and The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics, as well as a number of academic journal articles. She has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Mala Htun is Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of two books: Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies and Inclusion Without Representation: Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations in Latin America. In 2015, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and a A.B. in international relations from Stanford, and was Assistant and then Associate Professor at the New School for Social Research from 2000-2011.


Sponsored by The New School for Social Research.


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Lectures and Panel Discussions


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Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Politics, Policy and Government


The New School for Social Research


Health, Wellness and Therapy, Politics, Gender and Sexuality


Free; No tickets or reservations required.

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