The University of New Mexico hosts a talk by Alice Dreger titled, “Galileo’s Middle Finger: Why Social Progress Depends on the Protection of Academic Freedom,” Thursday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in Anthropology rm. 163.

Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer and an (im)patient advocate, now at Northwestern University. She has published two books with Harvard University Press, Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sexand One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal.

Her most recent book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science (Penguin Press, 2015), based on her observations and experiences with controversies in academic medicine, especially those surrounding human sexuality, is supported by the Guggenheim Foundation. It has received widespread critical praise.

The event is sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Biology and Psychology.

Paid parking is available on Las Lomas north of the Anthropology Building and its permit parking lot.

For more information, contact Steve Gangestad at or Randy Thornhill,, Distinguished Professors of Psychology and Biology, respectively.