Libby Nutt Williams
Annual Colloquium - 2008
Gender B(l)ending: Beyond the Binary
Performance Artist & Author
Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, performance artist and queer youth advocate. Her latest book is Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws. Kate's published works include the books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us and My Gender Workbook. Kate's plays and performance pieces include "Strangers in Paradox," "Hidden: A Gender," "The Opposite Sex is Neither," and "y2kate: gender virus." Kate's books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world, and she has performed her work live on campuses, in theaters, and in performance spaces across the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Sexual preference, gender identity, and self-identification have increasingly grown apart from the cultural norms that have in the past bound them all so closely together. Bornstein explores these shifting conceptualizations of sexuality and gender in this autobiographical, interactive performance piece billed as "Postmodern Gender 101 with a comic twist."