• Michael Sacasas

Christine Emba On Sex and the Virtues


On Thursday, October 13th we welcome Christine Emba for a public lecture at the Christian Study Center.


Ms. Emba is a columnist for The Washington Post writing about ideas and society. Prior, she was the Hilton Kramer Fellow in Criticism at the New Criterion and a deputy editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, focusing on technology and innovation. She is also the author of Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, which will be the focus of her talk.


Reaching back to the wisdom of thinkers like Thomas Aquinas and Andrea Dworkin, and drawing from sociological studies, interviews with college students, and poignant examples from her own life, Emba calls for a more humane philosophy, one that starts with consent but accounts for the very real emotional, mental, social, and political implications of sex—even, she argues, if it means saying no to certain sexual practices or challenging societal expectations altogether.

The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by Ms. Emba's talk at 7:00 p.m. There will be plenty of time for Q & A after the talk.