Representing Trans*: A Symposium with keynote speaker Kate Bornstein

Gray Center Lab and Logan Center for the Arts, 929 & 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637

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Representing Trans* is a one-day symposium that facilitates dialogue between academics, artists and activists working broadly on the politics and practices of trans* representation.  All panels are free and open to the public.  Keynote by legendary trans* author Kate Bornstein, with a screening of the film Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, by Sam Feder.

For more information, please contact Mike Schuh (

RSVP not required, but seating is limited for all events.  For the Kate Bornstein event (6:30-9:30pm), priority will be given to guests who have attended a panel discussion earlier in the day. All other seating will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive early.  Doors will open at 6:00pm.  To receive updates on seating availability for the evening event, please call 773-702-2787.


1:30-3p / Sociological Approaches to Trans* Representation, moderated by Kristen Schilt

Viviane Namaste (Concordia University)

Tey Meadow (Harvard University)

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (American University)

3-3:30p / BREAK

3:30-5p / Artistic and Activist Approaches to Trans* Representation, moderated by Chase Joynt

Amos Mac (Photographer, Editor-in-Chief Original Plumbing Magazine)

Tiq Milan (Senior Media Strategist of National News at GLAAD)

Jen Richards (Writer and Activist)

Monica Roberts (Author and blogger at

Ariel Schrag (Graphic Novelist and Author of Adam)

5-6:30p / BREAK

All daytime events will be the Gray Center Lab in Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL (enter through red door on east side of courtyard by Logan Center for the Arts)


6:30-9:30p / An Evening with Kate Bornstein, in conversation with Chase Joynt and Kristen Schilt (doors open at 6p)

6:30-8p / Screening of Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger (2014)

8:15-9:30p / Kate Bornstein Keynote + q & a with film director Sam Feder

Evening event will be in the Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL.


Representing Trans* is part of Tell Me The Truth, a Mellon Fellowship for Arts Practice & Scholarship  with collaborators Kristen Schilt and Chase Joynt.