Kate Bornstein: Unit One Guest-in-Residence 9/15-9/19

Unit One’s Guest-in-Residence Program offers great FREE programs that are open to anyone. Interested? Just head over to Allen Hall!

Kate Bornstein will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence 9/15-9/19
All events take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana and are open to the public. Free parking is available in the garage across the street.

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us, and My Gender Workbook. Her book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, garnered praise from civil rights groups globally. Kate’s books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world. Her latest book is a 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.

Sunday, September 15
7pm – A Queer and Pleasant Danger (main lounge)
Kate will read selections from, and invite questions about, her 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.”

Monday, September 16
8pm – On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (main lounge)
Kate’s signature performance, all built around the notion of a not-man, not-woman identity in a world that demands we 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, terrific video, with plenty of time for questions and talkback.

Tuesday, September 17
7pm – Hello Cruel World: An Outlaw’s Mini Guide to Survival (workshop) (main lounge)
Sometimes, whatever it is that gives you the most joy, pleasure or relief also gets you into the deepest trouble—especially when you try to explain it to other people. Like when you love someone you’re not supposed to love. Or when the way you express yourself makes other people queasy. As harmless as you feel you’re being, people may still think you’re bad, wrong or immoral. There are far too many people who are in that position in life, and it goes far beyond simply sex and gender. I want them—you?—to survive a sadly inevitable marginalization.

Wednesday, September 18
7pm – Your Gender: Now You See It, Now You Don’t (workshop) (main lounge)
One of the basic tenets of postmodern gender theory is that gender is mutable. Theoretically, we’re all capable of being/performing any gender we enjoy being, or need to be. The trick to developing this talent is to consciously shift our gender in two steps: first you’ll take your current gender off, then you’ll put another gender on. This is a two-hour workshop, with a short bathroom break. Useful for actors, and people who want to perform their gender(s) more consciously.

Thursday, September 19
7pm – Dangerous Dreams and Damned Desires: The Personal Politics of Sex Positivism and Gender Anarchy (performance) (main lounge)
Desire is the stuff of laughter, tears, and paradox. The outer edges of our desires are some of the most life-affirming dreams in our lives. With this performance, Kate will gently lead each member of the audience as close to the edge as they’re willing to go.

 

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