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Dickinson October Speakers Examine Masculinity, Race, Sexuality

An image collage of portraits of Carlos Andrés Gómez, Thomas Page McBee, Javier Ávila and Bryant Alexander

From left: Carlos Andrés Gómez, Thomas Page McBee, Javier Ávila and Bryant Alexander.

Voices on Campus in October

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College will welcome four guest speakers in October who will discuss a broad range of issues. All the lectures will take place in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium.

Reimagining Modern Manhood
Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
Carlos Andrés Gómez, Colombian American poet and actor

Gómez engaged the audience with his personal experiences regarding gender and its impact on his views of masculinity as depicted in his memoir, Man Up. His award-winning poetry and acting focuses on transforming societal perception regarding masculinity and the pressure associated with gender norms. As an actor, Gómez has been featured on DEF Poetry JamVerses and Flow and in director Spike Lee’s film, Inside Man.

Am I a Real Man? Questioning Masculinity with a Beginner’s Mind
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Thomas Page McBee, award-winning author and journalist

McBee will examine what it means to be a man through his personal experiences, drawing from conversations with leaders in the fields of neuroscience, developmental psychology, history and sociology, as well as his background as a transgender man and journalist.

Performance: The Trouble with My Name
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Javier Ávila, Northampton Community College

Ávila’s one-man show, The Trouble with My Name, blends comedy and poetry to shed light on the American Latino experience. The show draws on the arts, education and entertainment to deliver a powerful message about who we are as a society. His best-selling novel Different was made into a movie entitled Miente.

Queer Intersectionalities: The Communicative Dimensions of Race, Masculinity and Sexuality
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Bryant Alexander, Loyola Marymount University

Alexander, who serves as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will connect his personal experiences to wider cultural, political and social meanings during this lecture which examines the queer intersectionalities of race, masculinity and sexuality as a positionality of power.

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Published October 2, 2019