As part of the ongoing academic series “Gender in Translation,” the California College of the Arts will be hosting a series of events including a lecture by seminal gender theorist Judith Butler on February 25. The series as a whole is put on by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in San Francisco with the goal of questioning the notion of gender in the fields of social sciences, philosophy, and art. Butler is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley and served as the founding director of the Critical Theory program there. She’s best known for her 1990 book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
, wherein she presented the influential concept of “gender performativity,” which argues that gender is an act that we each perform. Her free lecture will be held in Timken Hall on the CCA campus in San Francisco (1111 8th St.) at 7 p.m.