Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Camille Paglia

Tyler Cowen explores the world of ideas in one-on-one dialogues with today’s top thinkers.

Apr 12, 2016Apr 13, 2016
Founders Hall Auditorium, George Mason University, Arlington Campus 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Event Speakers

Tyler Cowen

Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University

Camille Paglia

University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, University of the Arts

Event Video

Camille Paglia—cultural critic, intellectual provocateur, and feminist icon—will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging dialogue as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler event series. Paglia, one of the world’s great polymaths, will engage Cowen on a number of topics from Edmund Spenser to the Rolling Stones to Carly Fiorina.

Author of the controversial tour-de-force Sexual Personae, Paglia is a self-described dissident and free-speech libertarian who is renowned for her brilliant and scathing critiques of modern culture, covering everything from the arts to philosophy to politics. She is well-known as an academic who loves to challenge cultural stigmas and public reactions to controversial subjects.

She is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts, where she has taught since she was hired by the Humanities department of the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts in 1984.

Her six books are Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990); Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays (1992); Vamps & Tramps: New Essays (1994); The Birds (1998), a study of Alfred Hitchcock published by the British Film Institute in its Film Classics Series; Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World’s Best Poems (2005); and Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars (2012). Her third essay collection is forthcoming from Pantheon Books.