The Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program consists of a series of visiting guests who have a diverse range of professions and interests. Guests live in Allen Hall, interacting with residents and the public in a variety of programs, performances, workshops, and informal discussions. Guests typically give introductory presentations on the first evening of their residency and hold nightly events thereafter in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.
September 28, 2015 – October 1, 2015—Kate Bornstein is an author, performance artist, and public speaker who has written 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 New Gender Workbook. Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World, propelled Kate into the position of international advocate for marginalized and at-risk youth. Kate’s books are taught in five languages in over two hundred colleges and universities around the world. Her latest book/memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: 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.
All events take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.
Free parking after 5pm in the garage across the street.
Monday, September 28 @ 8pm – On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us – a performance (in the Main Lounge) Kate’s most personal stories, her favorite comic and dramatic monologues, and an excerpt from her memoir. An entertaining introduction to the notion of sex and gender beyond the binary as well as a deeply moving affirmation of spirit for sex and gender outlaws.
Tuesday, September 29 @ 7pm – Trans, Beyond the Tipping Point (in the Main Lounge) With Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, and Jazz Jennings with her own television show, it’s clear that the world of transgender is itself in transition. Kate Bornstein speaks to the changing language of trans, the clear division that runs through almost every trans community, and a strategy for unifying all our new and disparate trans identities without invisibilizing anyone. “This new world beyond the tipping point,” says Kate, “helped me sort out a brand new gender theory that works, and it’s not at all complicated. I call it Bornstein’s Theory of Relativity.”
9pm – T Time – for trans-identified folk and their loved ones (in the guest apartment)
Wednesday, September 30 @ 4pm – T&A Time – for trans-identified folk and allies (in the guest apartment) and @ 7pm – Your Gender: Now You See It, Now You Don’t – hands-on workshop (in the Main Lounge) 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. That’s easier said than done, but this workshop will give attendees tools to play with their genders, in any way they choose.
Thursday, October 1 @ 7pm – World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity (in the Main Lounge) Power (access to resources), identity, and desire are three of the best ways to make life more worth living for both individuals and civilizations. Sometimes, whatever it is that gives us the most joy, pleasure or relief—like great sex or fun gender—also gets us into the deepest trouble—especially when we try to explain it to other people. Kate Bornstein uses gender and sexuality to examine the mechanics of oppression, and the fifteen cultural structures that hold them in place in the U.S. and around the world. And yes, you’ll learn how sex positivity and gender anarchy are legitimate paths to world peace.