The University of Toledo will host gender activist Kate Bornstein as the keynote speaker for LGBTQA History Month Wednesday, Oct. 16.Bornstein will deliver her signature performance, “On Men, Women and the Rest of Us,” at 8 p.m. in the Scott Park Auditorium.
Built around the notion of a not-man, not-woman identity in a world that demands a person be one or the other, it’s an evening of her favorite spoken word pieces, spanning a quarter of a century of writing and performance, and ranging from comedy, dramatic monologues, high theory and video, with time for questions and discussion.
Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist known for her lectures and workshops on sex, gender and alternatives to teen suicide.
Bornstein’s latest novel, A Queer and Pleasant Danger (2012), is her memoir dedicated to her daughter and grandchildren. She tells the story of her journey and gives readers a better look into the roots of her academic and political worlds.
“I had the honor of meeting Kate a few years ago when she visited campus for Women’s History Month,” said Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator for the UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success. “I would encourage all who are interested in anti-oppression work and intersecting identities, particularly related to gender and sexuality, to attend this free event for both education and empowerment.”
The event is sponsored by the UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success, SPECTRUM UT, President’s Lecture Series on Diversity, and Student Activities Committee, and is part of the University’s recognition of LGBTQA History Month.