Kate Bornstein events open to the public

Kate Bornstein events open to the public

URBANA — Performance artist Kate Bornstein will be the Unit One/Allen Hall guest-in-residence from today through Thursday.

All of the Bornstein events take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, U, and are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the garage across the street.

Bornstein, also a playwright, has authored several award-winning books in the field of women and gender studies. Her book, "Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws," drew praise from civil rights groups globally.

Her books are taught in five languages in more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide.

Her latest book is the memoir "A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves 12 years later to become the lovely lady she is today."

Bornstein's schedule:

— 7 p.m. today, she will read selections from, and invite questions about, her memoir.

— 8 p.m. Monday, "On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us," Borstein's signature performance, built around the notion of a not-man, not-woman identity in a world that demands we be one or the other.

— 7 p.m. Tuesday, "Hello Cruel World: An Outlaw's Mini Guide to Survival," a workshop.

— 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Your Gender: Now You See It, Now You Don't," a workshop.

— 7 p.m. Thursday, "Dangerous Dreams and Damned Desires: The Personal Politics of Sex Positivism and Gender Anarchy," a performance.

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