Friday, September 21, 2012

Kate Bornstein to discuss award-winning book Gender Outlaw at UIS

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series will host a discussion on the book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us. Award-winning author Kate Bornstein will lead the presentation and discussion.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several books in the field of Women and Gender Studies. Her book, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, is described as being part coming-of-age story and part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman. In this talk, Bornstein will discuss Gender Outlaw and the gender continuum. A reception and book signing will follow the event. This event serves as the kickoff event for the October awareness month “Queertober”.

Bornstein’s books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world. She lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and one turtle, in whose company she wrote her new memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today."

This event is co-sponsored by the UIS College of Education and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Diversity Center, Human Development Counseling Department, LGBTQA Resource Office, Psychology Department, Student Government Association, and Women & Gender Studies Department.

For a list of other ECCE Speakers Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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