An expert on gay and lesbian studies will give a lecture at noon Friday, Sept. 30, in the Rhododendron Room of the West Virginia University Mountainlair.

Judith Halberstam, an English professor at the University of Southern California, will speak onNotes on Failureas part of the WVU English Departments Jackson Distinguished Lecture Series.

The lecture will explore the implications of the current political climate in America, focusing on the 2005 elections results and models used to determine social progress. The talk is free and open to the public.

Halberstam is a specialist in media studies, film, queer theory, feminist and gender studies, postmodernism, and 19 th century British literature. She is the author or co-author of several works in the areas of critical theory and gender studies, includingIn a Queer Time and Place,The Drag King Book,Female Masculinity,Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of MonstersandPosthuman Bodies.

She has received numerous awards for her work in the field of gay and lesbian studies, such as Publisher’s Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction and two Lambda Book Award nominations forFemale Masculinity.

She obtained her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

The Jackson Distinguished Lecture Series was made possible by a gift from the late George Jackson, a Clarksburg oil and gas developer.