PASADENA, Calif.—2013 AVN Male Performer of the Year James Deen will speak at Pasadena City College Wednesday, Feb. 27, as part of Dr. Hugo Schwyzer's course, Navigating Pornography. The event at Deen’s alma mater is open to the public and media.
"I'm always happy to be supportive of the adult industry, and I’m stoked to return to PCC," Deen said. "I attended Pasadena City College, so this is a homecoming. It's going to be fun seeing a class from the other side of the room.”
The class, Navigating Pornography, is part of Dr. Schwyzer's academic interest in history and gender studies. He has taught at Pasadena City College since 1993, in courses dealing with women’s history, men and masculinity, and gay and lesbian history. In the late 1990s, Dr. Schwyzer developed the college’s first interdisciplinary course focusing on Beauty and the Body, which is still offered at the college and focuses on the historical roots of contemporary eating disorders and distorted body image.
"We're thrilled to have James, a Pasadena City College alumnus, returning to campus," Dr. Schwyzer said. "Not only does he have a huge fan base among our students, he's emerged as a uniquely articulate spokesperson on a host of issues surrounding the adult industry.”
“In addition to his obviously formidable erotic appeal, James has a persona and a worldview that really resonates with young people,” Dr. Schwyzer added. “My students are very much looking forward to hearing more about his career, and having a dialogue about the present and the future of the porn business."
Deen has been an active adult performer since 2004 and has appeared in more than 3,000 adult productions. He recently won Male Performer of the Year honors at the 2013 AVN Awards, and is featured in the upcoming mainstream film from Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis, The Canyons, with Lindsay Lohan. He is producing a new mainstream steampunk production, Cowboys and Engines, which is being funded through Kickstarter, and continues to work as an adult performer and director.
The class discussion will take place in Creveling Lounge in the Campus Center building. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to run until 2:45 p.m.
Pasadena City College is located at 1570 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
In more Deen news, adult humor site WoodRocket.com posted a clip this weekend of Deen honoring the Oscars. WoodRocket.com presents "James Deen, The Best Actor, For Real", a short comedy video in which Deen re-enacts scenes from The Master, Flight, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln.
Click here to play the full uncensored version. Click here to play the YouTube version.