Founded in 1947 by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022! To honor this legacy and its milestone anniversary, the Kinsey Institute is hosting a year-long celebration that will include campus festivities, a sculpture unveiling, guest speakers, symposiums, art exhibitions, dance performances – and more.
“For 75 years, the Kinsey Institute has been a leader in advancing a greater understanding of human sexuality and relationships. We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with both our IU community and friends from around the globe, including researchers, students, and donors who have helped shape this legacy,” says Dr. Justin Garcia, Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute. “Throughout its history, the Kinsey Institute has produced groundbreaking multi-disciplinary research that has impacted innumerable lives. It is both humbling and energizing to be celebrating the bold and collaborative work of those who are a part of the Kinsey Institute’s ongoing mission.”
In addition to being a leader in scientific research on human sexuality, the Kinsey Institute is home to the world’s largest research collections of art, artifacts, library and archival materials pertaining to sex, gender, and reproduction. Scholars and students from around the world have accessed this archive for their work, along with people of all backgrounds who have visited our collections exhibits. This combination of research modalities has made the Kinsey Institute a unique resource for discovery and education.
The Kinsey Institute’s 75th anniversary celebrations are planned across the year, both online and in-person on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. These events are designed to showcase not only the incredible history of the Institute, but also the ongoing research and collections the Institute has to offer. Recent examples include: the diversity of sexual orientation; how hormones affect sexual experiences; how relationships affect mental health; the cultural and structural factors that affect a woman’s reproductive decisions; how technology is changing how we interact in social and sexual ways; factors associated with both sexual pleasure and sexual pain; how the body reacts to traumatic sexual experiences; how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected courtship and intimate relationships; LGBTQ+ healthcare; and more.
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