Researcher to present lecture about college “hookup culture”
Where else but in college can young adults learn so much, meet so many people and have so much fun? “Hookup sex” is a big part of this culture, but while it’s supposed to come with no strings attached, this form of frequent, casual sex can create an enormous amount of stress and drama among participants, says author and lecturer Donna Freitas.
Freitas will bring her message to Salve Regina when she presents “The Truth About Hookup Culture (and Figuring Out the Meaning of Sex Within It)” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall.
Freitas, who taught religion at Boston University and Hofstra University, has written many books, both nonfiction and fiction, including “Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses.” She is currently a non-resident research associate at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society.
Additionally, she has written for several national newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Newsweek. She has also been invited to discuss her work on NPR, The Today Show and other media outlets.
Her talk is sponsored by Athletics, the Department of Religious and Theological Studies, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the First Year Experience program and the Office of Student Affairs.