The second presentation in a five-part Lawrence University series examining issues related to cultural competency looks at gender Friday, Feb. 24. The one-hour program “Gender in the 21st Century” begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Warch Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.
Helen Boyd Kramer, lecturer in gender studies and Freshman Studies at Lawrence, discusses the variety of gender identities and expressions, including trans, queer and gender non-conforming (GNC) as well as the basics of gender neutral pronouns, etiquette around transition and non-binary identities. She also will explain ways to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all genders and how sexual orientation does and doesn’t intersect with gender identity and expression.
A specialist in transgender issues, Kramer joined the Lawrence faculty in 2008. She is the author of the books “My Husband Betty” and “She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband.”
Other presentations in the series include:
• March 3 — “Intercultural Skills for Successful Global Citizenship,” Cecile Despres-Berry, lecturer in English as a second language and director of the Waseda Program; Leah McSorley, director of international student services; Laura Zuege, director of off-campus programs
• April 28 — “Imagine More,” Rev. Linda Morgan Clement, Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
• May 26 — “Lesson’s from the Trenches: Activism for Social Change in the New Millennium,” seniors Max Loebl and Guilberly Louissaint
About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.