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Lecture: Discussing Acceptance through Gender Issues

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Rainbow Center's Out to Lunch Lecture Series ends the semester with a presentation by Joe Wneke, entitled, "Discussing Acceptance through Gender Issues."

Wenke will discuss his latest book, The Talk Show, steeped in the seamy underbelly of New York City, it is a fast-paced and mordantly funny thriller that examines how the forces of nihilism threaten our yearning for love, family and acceptance. The plan is to bring Jones’ passion for radical change to the people and transcend television by meeting America face to face. As the reach of his stalker spreads, so does the fear that Winthrop’s unconventional family is also in danger—Rita Harvey, the gentle transgender ex-priest and LGBT activist; Slow Mo, the massive vegetarian bouncer; and Donna, stripper and entrepreneurial prodigy—as well as the woman who is claiming his heart, media expert Danielle Jackson. Now Winthrop has to survive long enough to make the tour a reality in this intellectual thriller, THE TALK SHOW (TransÜber, October 15, 2014, $9.99).

Joe Wenke, who is known for his seminal work on Norman Mailer, is an outspoken and articulate LGBTQ rights activist, social critic and observational satirist. He is the founder and publisher of Trans Über, a publishing company with a focus on promoting LGBTQ rights, free thought and equality for all people. Wenke is the author of MAILER’S AMERICA, FREE AIR: Poems, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING! A Radical Satire of the Bible, PAPAL BULL: An Ex-Catholic Calls Out the Catholic Church, and THE HUMAN AGENDA: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (January 2015). Wenke received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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