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Friday, October 11 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Society, Secrets, and Sexual Misconduct

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Aaron Hamburger’s and Patricia Smith’s novels deal with terrible secrets—the kind you hope no one will ever find out. Both Hamburger’s Nirvana Is Here and Smith’s The Year of the Needy Girls explore themes of LGBTQ characters navigating sexual misconduct cases with students—one directly accused and one dealing with a significant other being accused. The authors ask questions of how we, as a society, should face secrets and sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era.

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Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the story collection The View from Stalin’s Head (Rome Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters), the novel Faith for Beginners (a Lambda Literary Award nominee), and Nirvana is Here. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington... Read More →
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Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the author of the novel The Year of Needy Girls (Kaylie Jones Books, 2017), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her nonfiction has appeared most recently in the anthologies Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival and Nine Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology... Read More →