From the dead of the Vietnam war, televised from a war zone into living rooms, to the beatings and shooting of anti-war protesters, the intersection of the physical body became political is the topic of a lecture Thursday at Oregon State University.

Robert O. Self, a scholar at Brown University, will link examples of how the body became part of politics in issues ranging from racism to war to women’s rights. Self’s lecture, “Bodies Count: Postwar Social Movements and the Body in American Politics,” is scheduled for 4 p.m. in room 109 at the Memorial Union.

Self is a 1991 graduate of OSU with a bachelor’s degree in history and English. An associate professor of history at Brown, Self specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, American political culture, and the history of American cities and suburbs. He is at work on a book that examines the political battles over gender and sexuality in American politics between the 1960s and 2000.

The American Culture & Politics speaker series at OSU is sponsored by the Horning Endowment in the Humanities. For more information, call 541-737-8560 or see

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