Brooklyn Voices Presents Ken Corbett

February 10, 2016


BROOKLYN, N.Y. – FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC), in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore, is pleased to announce that it will welcome psychotherapist and author Ken Corbett to discuss his latest work, A Murder Over A Girl, in conversation with playwright and activist Tony Kushner. This talk, the third of the spring Brooklyn Voices lecture series, will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in SJC Brooklyn’s Tuohy Hall Auditorium.

"With his latest work, Corbett examines the murder of a sexually ambiguous child and how the atmosphere surrounding the subsequent murder trial was shaped by the media," said Jill Rehmann, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at SJC Brooklyn. "By explaining how gender identity, race and the community all contributed to this death, Corbett compassionately illustrates the true nature of the tragedy." 

On February 12, 2008 at E. O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, California, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot and killed his classmate, Larry King, who had recently began calling himself Leticia and wearing makeup and jewelry to school. Profoundly shaken by the news, and unsettled by media coverage that sidestepped the issues of gender identity and of race integral to the case, psychologist Ken Corbett traveled to Los Angeles to attend the trial. As visions of victim and perpetrator were woven and unwoven in the theater of the courtroom, a haunting picture emerged, not only of the two young teenagers, but also of spectators altered by an atrocity and of a community that had unwittingly gestated a murder. 

Ken Corbett is a clinical assistant professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City and consults internationally. His writings and interviews about gender, sexuality, art and psychotherapy appear in academic journals, as well as in magazines, newspapers, websites and on television. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities.

Tickets for this event are $10 and can be applied to the purchase of A Murder Over A Girl. There will be an opportunity to have to the book signed by Corbett following the discussion. For more information, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or [email protected]

About Brooklyn Voices
Created in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore, the aim of the Brooklyn Voices series is to promote and enhance the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing local writers, artists, and intellectuals with a forum in which to discuss and present their works to our neighbors, patrons, and students. Through lectures, forums, performances, and public discussion, Brooklyn Voices seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the thriving intellectual culture of the neighborhood and ensure that our community remains a stimulating place in which to live, learn, and do business.

About St. Joseph’s College
St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 45 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.