Professor Vincent Hunter Capps from the University of Buffalo gave an inspiring lecture on Thursday, October 26, titled "Raw is Law: Queer Theory and the Dustanien Text." The lecture was addressed to the public, but students currently enrolled in Professor Daniel Maroun's FR 543 graduate seminar on 'Narratives of disease: HIV/AIDS in French literature and cinema' had the opportunity to continue the discussion about the novels of Guillaume Dustan (1965-2005) that they are currently studying in class.

The lecture and the follow-up discussion focused on all of Guillaume Dustan's novels, with particular focus on the first three (In My Room; I'm Going Out Tonight; Stronger Than Me) published in France between 1996 and 1998, that describe the narrator's sexual odyssey through a Paris still haunted by the AIDS epidemic. 

Professor Capps' visit was funded by the Humanities Research Institute, the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, the Department of French and Italian, and OVCR.