When: Mon., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. 2012
If you're put off by the media's obsession with celebrity gossip, during the embarrassing "Tigergate" spectacle two years ago you might have seen Tiger Woods' sex life as nobody's business but Tiger's and Elin Nordegren's. Once the scandal industry revved into gear and the hoopla surrounding Tiger's philandering became an inescapable cultural signifier, however, it became the business of Orin Starn, professor of cultural anthropology at Duke.
Starn's new book, The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal, dissects the matter from an anthropologist's perspective with prose that's fortunately free of academic jargon. Though the subject isn't exactly fresh, Starn is uniquely qualified to comment, as he's not just an anthropologist but a serious golfer, creator of the blog "Golf Politics" (which dates to a year before the scandal broke) and organizer of a 2007 academic conference devoted to Woods at Duke's John Hope Franklin Center. The free discussion and book signing starts at 7 p.m. —Marc Maximov