Ferociously witty and outspoken, Lindy West is celebrated for her ability to tackle the knotted issues of pop culture, social justice and body image. West’s work has been featured everywhere from The Guardian to GQ to This American Life. A counterpoint to the power struggles of 18th-century liaisons as related in “Casanova’s Europe,” West catalyzes cultural conversations about whose stories get told, whose do not, and why. Her collection of essays, Shrill, bravely shares West’s transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a culture that is especially hostile towards fat, funny women, and why keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.

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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.