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'Lousy Sex: Creating Self in an Infectious World'

September 27, 2013

Gerald Callahan, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Affiliate Faculty in the Graduate Program for creative nonfiction, will read and sign his new book on Oct. 3.

We invite you to a reading and a book signing of Lousy Sex: Creating Self in an Infectious World by author Gerald Callahan, who is a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at CSU and  Affiliate Faculty in the Graduate Program for creative nonfiction.

The reading and signing will take place from noon-1:30 pm in Room 220-222 of the Lory Student Center.

In Lousy Sex Callahan explores the science of self, illustrating the immune system's role in forming individual identity. Blending the scientific essay with deeply personal narratives, these poignant and enlightening stories use microbiology and immunology to explore a new way to answer the question, "Who am I?"

Definition of self

"Self" has many definitions. Science has demonstrated that 90 percent of the cells in our bodies are bacteria -- we are in many respects more non-self than self. Callahan considers this microbio-neuro perspective on human identity together with the soulful, social perception of self, drawing on both art and science to fully illuminate this relationship.

In his stories about where we came from and who we are, Callahan uses autobiographical episodes to illustrate his scientific points. Through stories about the sex lives of wood lice, the biological advantages of eating dirt, the question of immortality, the relationship between syphilis and the musical genius of Beethoven, and more, this book creates another way of seeing ourselves. 

Click to listen to Gerald Callahan interviewed about Lousy Sex on Colorado Matters


Contact: Shana Gillette
E-mail: shana.gillette@colostate.edu
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