The Kinsey Institute and Changing Cultural Contexts: 60 Years After US v. 31 Photographs
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5-6:30pm
IU Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room, 211 S. Indiana Ave.
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of U.S. v. 31 Photographs, a 1957 federal district court decision in a case in which the Kinsey Institute prevailed against efforts by the U.S. government to prevent the collection of sexually explicit materials alleged to be “obscene.” This important decision introduced the concept of “variable obscenity” and thereby expanded access to sexually explicit materials by academic researchers and others. This panel will examine the decision and its legacy, its place in the development of the constitutional doctrine of obscenity and other unprotected expression, its profound impact on the Kinsey Institute and institutions across the country, and its ramifications for artists and others.
Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law
Barbara Nitke, New York photographer, best known for her compassionate view of alternative sex
Hallimeda Allinson, cultural historian completing a doctoral dissertation in IU's Department of History, entitled “Public Sexuality: Erotic Desire, Identity Categories, and ‘Sexual Revolution,’ 1920-1979”
Moderated by Rebecca Fasman, Manager of Traveling Exhibitions, Kinsey Institute
Please note: There will be sexually explicit images shown at this event. This event is generously sponsored by Michael Rosen and co-sponsored by the Kinsey Institute, Maurer School of Law, and Maurer’s American Constitution Society.