CANCELLED – Jennifer Finney Boylan to Speak March 25


Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of creative writing and American literature at Colby College in Maine, will be the speaker at the Diversity Colloquium, sponsored by the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD), 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday, March 25, in the Community Room of Antioch University New England (AUNE). Boylan will also teach a class, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in Room 275.

Both the colloquium and the class are free and open to the public.

Boylan is a widely praised public speaker and author of thirteen books. She serves as the director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and is an activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, particularly transgender men and women.

Boylan’s new book about parenting her boys “between the genders,” called Stuck in the Middle with You, will be released shortly. Her memoir, She’s Not There:  A Life in Two Genders, published by Doubleday in 2003, was one of the first best-selling works by a transgendered American; until 2001 she published under the name James Boylan. She’s Not There will be released in a new expanded edition in April.

Boylan is a member of the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She has received awards for her literary writing, including awards from the Lambda Literacy Foundation and the Stonewall Legacy Award.  She has appeared on television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Show, Today, and the Barbara Walters Special. She has been the subject of a documentary on CBS News’ 48 Hours, and has been interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace. She has spoken on gender and imagination at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

In 2007, Boylan played herself on two episodes of ABC’s All My Children. Her nonfiction has appeared on the op/ed pages of the New York Times, in GQ magazine, Allure, and Glamour. Boylan speaks at colleges and universities around the country. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins University.

The colloquium is funded by AUNE’s Student Alliance.