Transgender activist, author and reality television personality Jennifer Finney Boylan to speak at URI Oct. 2.

Talk will be the second of fall colloquium series

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Jennifer Finney Boylan
Jennifer Finney Boylan

KINGSTON, R.I.- September Sept. 24, 2018 – Recognized civil rights activist, transgender advocate, and bestselling author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, Jennifer Finney Boylan will discuss “Transgender Identity and Resistance: The Power of a Story” on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus. Her lecture is part of a series scheduled for each Tuesday evening through Dec. 4, as part of the University’s 2018 Honors Colloquium on Reimagining Gender: Voices, Power, Action. The series is free and open to the public and takes place in Edwards Hall, 64 Upper College Road.

Those who cannot attend can watch the lecture here.

Boylan, who has authored 15 books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column, “Men & Women” appears in the New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. She has been the subject of documentaries airing on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel. Boylan has also appeared on a number of television shows to discuss her life, books, and LGBTQ activism, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live and The Today Show. She appeared on Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show, I am Cait.

A frequent lecturer on college campuses, Boylan serves on the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. In 2013 she was chosen as the first openly transgender co-chair of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation National Board of Directors. Her talk on Oct. 2 serves as the URI Gender and Sexuality Center’s Coming Out Month Lecture.

Reimagining Gender: Voices, Power, Action will explore, at this pivotal time in society, the relevance of gender in shaping human rights and how our rising consciousness about gender issues is leading to vibrant social discussions, rearrangements of power and perceptions, and new possibilities. The series includes lectures, exhibits, a theater production and a film screening, all intended to help demonstrate the significant impact of women in society and to deepen the conversation about gender roles and stereotypes and the impact they have on our actions.

Coordinators of the 2018 colloquium, marking its 55th year, are Rosario Pisa, professor and director of URI’s Gender and Women’s Studies program; Kyle Kusz, associate professor of kinesiology; Helen Mederer, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; and, Smita Ramnarain, assistant professor of economics.

MAJOR Sponsor URI Honors Program

Sponsors URI Office of the President • URI Office of the Provost • The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment • The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment • URI College of Arts and Sciences • URI College of Arts and Sciences Kenneth and Susan Kermes Distinguished Lecture Endowment • URI College of Pharmacy • URI John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service • URI Gender and Women’s Studies Program • URI Office of Community, Equity and Diversity • URI Theatre Department • URI College of Engineering • URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences • URI College of Health Sciences • URI College of Business • URI College of Nursing • URI Division of Student Affairs • URI Department of Communications and Marketing • URI Department of Publications and Creative Services • URI ITS Instructional Technology and Media Services • URI Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies • URI Department of Computer Science and Statistics • URI Department of Economics • URI Department of English • URI Department of Sociology and Anthropology • URI Gender and Sexuality Center • URI Multicultural Student Services Center • URI Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science