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Spotlight: OUTSpoken Involvement: Filmmaker, Author to Teach Activism

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Civic engagement is a key experience in the Niner Nation. As part of UNC Charlotte's commitment to educating a new generation of community leaders, students this month have the opportunity to learn about activism first-hand from Jennifer Baumgardner, an award-winning filmmaker and writer who will inaugurate the University’s “Activist-in-Residence” Program.

Baumgardner will present a series of free, public OUTSpoken talks on bisexual politics and feminist activism.

The author of “Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics,” “Grassroots,” “Manifesta” and the forthcoming “F’em! Goo goo, Gaga and Some Thoughts on Balls,” Baumgardner also explores rape, single parenthood and women’s power in her work. She is a graduate of Lawrence College; after obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she moved to New York, where she completed a five-year stint as an editor of Ms. Magazine. She now contributes regularly to a number of major women’s magazines, as well as National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

Baumgardner will begin her week with the session “Student Power: Doing Campus Activism” at 5:00 PM, Monday, Oct. 17, in the Student Union, room 340. She also will conduct the workshops “Grassroots: Community Activist” and “On Your Soapbox: Student Writers” from 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 21, respectively. In addition, Baumgardner will lead a discussion session following an advanced screening of her film “It Was Rape” at 7:00 PM, Oct. 19, in the Student Union Movie Theater.

Baumgardner will engage the greater Charlotte community through “Feminism Across the Generations: A Community Conversation” scheduled for 6:30 PM, Thursday, Oct. 20, at UNC Charlotte Center City. A reception precedes the event starting at 5:45 PM.

The signature event for the week will be Baumgardner’s keynote address for the OUTSpoken Lecture Series. She will present “Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics” at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. Baumgardner will discuss her coming out process and the “tricky territory” of bisexual politics. A book signing and dessert reception follows.

All events are free and open to the public. Prospective participants for the workshops should register online.

The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, Alliance for Full Acceptance, Wesley Mancini Foundation and the TownePlace Suites Marriott are providing event support.