We welcome Professor Lorraine Bayard de Volo and CU student Lynn Hall as our speakers. Please see details below. Refreshments will be served, and a reception will follow. We hope you can join us!
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 4 pm
“An Ethnography of Rape Culture at the U.S. Air Force Academy,” a talk by Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, CU-Boulder, and Lynn Hall, current CU student and Women and Gender Studies Minor and former cadet, USAF Academy
In this analysis of the 2003 sexual violence scandal at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in which women cadets reported that they had been raped, Prof. Bayard de Volo and Lynn Hall employ participant observation and archival analysis to document and chart the rape culture at the academy. Building upon previous research on sexual violence in the military and fraternities, they propose that the USAFA is a hypersexual masculine environment that promotes aggression as well as social cohesion among its troops, thus creating a rape culture in which victims are particularly unlikely to report the crime.
Location: Gates Woodruff Cottage, Helen Carpenter Reading Room
Additional Information: 303-492-8923