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Dirty Works: Book Launch & Discussion

October 20 | 6:00 pm7:30 pm EDT

Join Brett Gary and Jon Zimmerman as they discuss the legal fight for sexual expression and inquiry in post-modern America.

Brett Gary’s Dirty Works: Obscenity on Trial in America’s First Sexual Revolution is a rich account of 1920s to 1950s New York City, starring an eclectic mix of icons like James Joyce, Margaret Sanger, and Alfred Kinsey―all led by an unsung hero of free expression and reproductive rights: Morris L. Ernst. Join Brett Gary (NYU) and Jon Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania) as they discuss the legal and cultural legacy set forth by Ernst in his steadfast battle against the censorship of sexual knowledge.

“This impressive book sheds light on the entangled, age-old relationship of laws, progress, and morality. Gary has written a compelling tour de force.” — Nadine Strossen, Former President of The American Civil Liberties Union on Brett Gary’s Dirty Works: Obscenity on Trial in America’s First Sexual Revolution

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This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. For more information on the book visit the Dirty Works Website