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Symposium on the Biological Basis of Sexual Orientation

When Dec 02, 2011
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Heritage Hall, HUB
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-865-6409

Brief General Description:

 What exactly is sexual orientation?  Why do people have different sexual orientations?  Does prenatal development play a role?  In this symposium, some of the world's leading experts help answer these questions and others, and discuss what is known about the biological basis of sexual orientation.

Speakers, Talk Titles, and Session Times:

10:00am – 10:50am    Professor J. Michael Bailey, Northwestern University

                                  “What is Sexual Orientation and Do Women Have One?”

 11:00am – 11:10am   Respondent:  Professor Patricia Koch, Department of Biobehavioral Health

 11:15am – 11:30am   Coffee Break

 11:30am – 12:20pm   Professor Ray Blanchard, University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

                                  “The Effect of Older Brothers on Male Homosexuality and the Maternal Immunization Hypothesis”

 12:30pm – 12:40pm   Respondent:  Professor Mark Shriver, Department of Anthropology

 12:45pm – 1:45pm     Lunch Break 

 2:00pm – 2:50pm       Dr. Gerulf Rieger, Cornell University

                                  “Pupil Dilation Patterns are Indicators of Sexual Orientation and Gender Nonconformity”

 3:00pm – 3:10pm       Respondent:  Professor Anthony D’Augelli, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

 3:15pm – 4:00pm       Speakers Round-Table Discussion and Q & A with the Audience


Sponsors for the event:

Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies, the LGBTQA Student Support Center, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the English Department