MCLA to Present Performance Artist, Playwright, Kate Bornstein

Writer and performance artist, Kate Bornstein

Writer and performance artist, Kate Bornstein; photo by Virginia Hamrick

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In conjunction with its “Creating Equality” series, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present “On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us” with performance artist and playwright Kate Bornstein at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the MCLA Church Street Center Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

Bornstein’s performance piece, which is free and open to the public, aims to create an emotional affirmation for everyone living outside of the societal norms, particularly in the lens of sexuality and gender.

Bornstein is the author of several books, including “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us,” “My Gender Workbook,” and a memoir, “A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a nice Jewish Boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today.”

MCLA faculty, staff and students consider the accomplishments and challenges associated with all dimensions of human rights, including racial equality, women’s rights, gay rights, immigrants’ rights and economic equity through courses, conversations, cultural programs and leadership opportunities.

Through its “Creating Equality” series, MCLA is proud to honor these movements and the individuals who have led and supported them, and to provide a platform for discussion of these important issues. “Creating Equality” celebrates the progress that has been made, and challenges the community to understand and become involved with the ongoing national debate about civil rights.

MCLA Presents! is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a collaborative project with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the City of North Adams. The BCRC provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.

Big Samir and Aja Black of the reMINDers

Big Samir and Aja Black of the reMINDers at the 10TH Annual Blues & Funk Festival, August 21, 2014; photo by Jarred Clapp

For more information and a complete listing of “Creating Equality” events, go to www.mcla.edu/creatingequality, www.mcla.edu/gallery51, www.mcla.edu/presents and www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/publicpolicylecture.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens. ​

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