Lawrence Weschler, Adjunct Professor of English in the Nonfiction Writing Program, will speak on the terrible intersection where race, class, sex and violence keep colliding across American History--and who gets to address it. Special reference will be made to the controversial cases of Ed Kienholz's harrowing 1970 lynching tableau, “Five Car Stud,” and the more recent controversy surrounding Dana Schutz’s Whitney Biennial contribution. Lawrence Weschler was for 20 years an award-winning staff writer at “The New Yorker,” where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He has published books of political reportage as well as, more recently, books of cultural analysis of the arts, particularly on painters and painting. Weschler is also an active humanities and arts curator.