Greetings from the Library of Congress,

The John W. Kluge Center wishes to invite you to a special lecture by Historian Todd Shepard. Dr. Shepard will speak on “Decolonization and the Sexual Revolution” on Wednesday, July 15th at 4:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress. The event is free and open to the public.

Shepard will examine the fight for “sexual liberation” in the 1960s and ‘70s, usually explained as a US and European invention. Shepard argues the movement was also developed out of the worldwide anti-colonial movement of the mid-twentieth century. This talk focuses on public debates about sex in France and explores how what made this so-called revolution “French”—rather than “Western” or “late modern”— were the central roles that invocations of “Arab men” and Algeria played.

Todd Shepard is associate professor of history and co-director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (2006) and Voices of Decolonization: A Short History with Documents (2014), as well as numerous articles. His France, Sex, and “Arab Men,” 1962-1979 is forthcoming and he is completing a manuscript entitled “Affirmative Action and the End of Empires: ‘Integration’ in France (1956-1962) and the Race Question in the Cold War World. 

Event Details:

What: “Decolonization and the Sexual Revolution,” a lecture by historian Todd Shepard hosted by The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Part of the Tenth International Seminar on Decolonization  sponsored by the National History Center

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

When: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP or tickets are needed

For more information, please visit our website,

We are grateful if you may share this information with your colleagues or other interested scholars.



Lauren Sinclair

Scholarly Programs and Communications Assistant

Kluge Center, Office of Scholarly Programs

Library of Congress



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