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Lecture: A Story Told Through Broadway

Thursday, November 1, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Who Am I? I Am What I Am! A Story Told Through Broadway Music" and it will be presented by Christopher Cayari (he/him/his).

Synopsis: Who Am I? I Am What I Am is an hour-long musical theater review that depicts LGBTQIA+ characters in a performance you will not soon forget! Dr. Christopher Cayari tells his story through music theater songs, original prose, and verse. As a K-12 music teacher, Christopher avoided the topic of sexuality in his classroom; he used to think that LGBTQIA+ issues had no place in school. Join him as he shares his journey of acceptance, empowerment, and activism that began when he realized that portraying LGBTQIA+ characters through song and on stage was not only appropriate for young people, but also necessary for the representation of this population. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be entertained! Songs from the musicals Rent, Bare: A Pop Opera, La Cage aux Folles, 13, Altar Boyz, and 35mm.

Biography: Christopher Cayari is an assistant professor of music education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He holds a Ph.D. and M.M.E. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. His research agenda addresses marginalized voices in music education, specifically LGBTQ+ individuals and Asian Americans. Christopher is an activist for marginalized populations. He uses music and education as a platform for social change. His activist work has earned him the 2018 Outstanding Ally Award, given by the Purdue University LGBTQ Center, and the Top 10 Under 40 Award from Tippy Connect Young Professionals.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar

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