Temple professor and American historian Dr. Beth Bailey will speak in Musser Auditorium, Pfahler Hall, at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Bailey received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and previously taught at the University of New Mexico and Columbia University.
Bailey will speak on “Love, Sex and Revolution” – the sexual revolution and its aftermath, as a historian of relationships in America. In her book, From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in 20th Century America, Bailey traces the evolution of romantic rituals from parlor calling to dating to the dissolution of the dating system altogether. The author also reflects on how changing cultural values manifested themselves in shifts in courting practices. Bailey takes an in-depth look at one of the most dramatic of these cultural shifts in her later book, Sex in the Heartland, which examines the forces that produced the sexual revolution in the 60’s and 70’s.
Her talk coincides with a new Ursinus’ philosophy course, “What is love?” The course, taught by Professor Jonathan Marks, is being funded by the National Endowment for Humanities Enduring Questions Grant. The Enduring Questions program supports the development of a course that will encourage undergraduate students to “grapple with a fundamental question addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.” – By David Hysek 2011