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Author, Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan to Visit Ursinus

“Gender and Resistance: An Evening with Jennifer Finney Boylan” is Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Bomberger Auditorium.

Boylan, who served as the Updike-Hoyer Writer in Residence at Ursinus in 2010, is the author of 15 books. Her autobiography, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (Broadway, 2003), was the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller.

Now writer in residence and a professor of English at Barnard College of Columbia University, Boylan will discuss issues of gender and the imagination in the current national climate. She’ll also speak about the moral imagination — the ability to imagine with compassion and grace the lives of others.

“Jenny is a dynamic presence with a timely and important message of inclusion,” says Jon Volkmer, a professor of English at Ursinus College. “We are thrilled to have her back at Ursinus, if only for one day.”

A contributing opinion writer for the op-ed page of the New York Times and the co-chair of GLAAD, Boylan is the author of the forthcoming literary suspense novel, Long Black Veil (Random House, 2017). The novelist, memoirist, and short story writer is a nationally known advocate for civil rights, and she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

She is a consultant and cast member for the television docuseries I Am Cait, and has also served as a consultant to the award-winning Amazon series Transparent.

Boylan, who resides in New York City and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, graduated from the Haverford School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. –by Ed Moorhouse