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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 7:00pm :Moira Weigel, "Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating"

Moira Weigel, “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating”

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 7:00 pm
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Yale Graduate student Moira Weigel will be at R.J. Booksellers signing her newly released book.
Moira Weigel, “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating”

“Does anyone date anymore?”

Today, the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this. Ever since young men and women started to go out together, older generations have scolded them: That’s not the way to find true love. The first women who made dates with strangers were often arrested for prostitution; long before “hookup culture,” there were “petting parties”; before parents worried about cell phone apps, they fretted about joyrides and “parking.” Dating is always dying. But this does not mean that love is dead. It simply changes with the economy. Dating is, and always has been, tied to work.

New York Times

NEW YORK TIMES, J. Hoberman’s column:

“From the perspective of cinema history — and American history, for that matter — there has never been a more significant video release than ‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema.’ Co-curated by Charles Musser”.


Professor Dudley Andrew speaking at the Assemblée Nationale, to mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Popular Front accords. Professor Andrew spoke about Jean Renoir’s La Marseillaise, at this all day colloquium on films of the  Popular Front.