Oct. 9 Lecture: Sexual Violence and Transmission of Trauma…

October 5, 2012 10:01 am Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies, CUNY Mexican Studies Institute, Sociology Dept

Dr. Mike Anastario

Dr. Mike Anastario, a sociologist who conducts population-based research on sexual risk behavior, sexual violence, and mental health, will visit the Lehman campus on Tuesday, October 9, at 11 a.m. in Room 226A of the Leonard Lief Library. His talk, “Sexual Violence and the Transmission of Trauma in South Sudan, Central America, and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” is free and open to the community.

A visiting scholar at the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Dr. Anastario focuses his research on the role of occupations in the production of sexuality. During his talk, he will explore the function that trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder play in the perpetration of sexual coercion in military populations. He’ll also discuss the implications for change that can occur through mechanisms of data collection, surveillance, and forensic documentation.

Sexual violence is a weapon of war and also a domain of sexual behavior that is poorly understood in the context of uniformed populations. While much attention has been given to the consequences and aftermath of sexual violence, a remains in scholarship that elucidates the systematic production of sexual violence and tangible actions that can be taken to prevent this violence.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies. For more information, call 718-960-8334.