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Arts Collaborative - Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales

9/30/13 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Arts Across The Curriculum
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Arts Collaborative

*This event is funded by the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund*

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson
Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies
Northwestern University

“Pouring Tea:  Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales”
Performance   -   Q & A   -   Book Signing

Monday, September 30th at 7:00pm
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

****THIS EVENT IS FIRST YEAR CUP ELIGIBLE***

“Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” is a dramatic, Reader’s Theatre rendering of the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show. 

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, is also an Artistic Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago. A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of ethnography, race, gender, sexuality and performance. His research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, performance studies, and sexuality studies.  He has written two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness:  Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003), which won the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (University of North Carolina UP, 2008), which was recognized as a Stonewall Book Award Honor Book by the LGBT Round Table of the American Library Association. He co-edited Black Queer Studies—A Critical Anthology (Duke UP, 2005). He is currently co-editing two anthologies with Ramon Rivera-Servera—one on black and Latina/o queer performance work, Blaktino Queer Performance, and the other on black solo women performers, solo/black/woman. His essays have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Callaloo, Theater Journal, and the Journal of Homosexuality, among others.