Interdisciplinary researcher Treichler to speak April 5

Renowned cultural, gender and medical theorist Paula Treichler will speak on “Paradoxes of Visibility: Women’s Health in a ‘Post-Reproductive Era'” at 7 p.m. April 5 for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

The talk is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Inside Out Loud: Women’s Health in Contemporary Art, on display through April 24.

Widely considered one of the nation’s leading practitioners of interdisciplinary research, Treichler is a professor of social medicine, of cultural studies and of feminist theory at the University of Illinois.

She is the author of How to Have Theory in an Epidemic: Cultural Chronicles of AIDS (1999) as well as the forthcoming How To Use a Condom: The Trojan Story, a cultural analysis of condoms in the United States since 1880, and Medicine’s Moving Pictures: Health and Disease in Film and Television.

Treichler co-authored A Feminist Dictionary (1985) with Cheris Kramarae and Language, Gender, and Professional Writing: Theoretical Approaches and Guidelines for Nonsexist Language (1989) with Francine Wattman Frank.

She co-editor of For Alma Mater: Theory and Practice in Feminist Scholarship (1985) with Cheris Kramarae and Beth Stafford; Cultural Studies (1992) with Lawrence Grossberg and Cary Nelson; and The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Gender, and Science (1998) with Lisa Cartwright and Constance Penley.

Treichler earned an undergraduate degree from Antioch College — which included a year in India studying philosophy at Madras Christian College — and a doctorate in linguistics and psycholinguistics from the University of Rochester.

Inside Out Loud is the first major survey of contemporary American art to explore critical issues relating to women’s health. More than 30 campus and community partners have joined with the Kemper Art Museum to present close to 70 events relating to women’s health throughout the spring.

For a complete schedule, contact Stephanie Parrish at 935-7918 or For more information, call 935-4523.