Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes: An Evening with Karleen Pendleton-Jiménez

As part of Diversity Week, Laurier Brantford is hosting an evening with internationally acclaimed writer, scholar and educator, Karleen Pendleton-Jiménez. Dr. Pendleton-Jiménez is the author of the children’s picture book, Are you a Boy or a Girl? (Green Dragon Press, 2000), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 2000. She has also written a screenplay adaptation of this book for an animated short, Tomboy (Coyle Productions, 2008), which has won awards at several international film festivals.

Are You a Boy or a Girl? and Tomboy capture a day in the life of a Canadian-Hispanic girl who is teased for her tomboyish ways. Serious in subject matter, but light-hearted in tone, Tomboy provides an opening for important conversations about gender diversity.

As an educator, Dr. Pendleton-Jiménez focuses on the ways that children, youth and teachers understand and engage with gender diversity. With Isabel Killoran, she has edited an important teacher resource, Unleashing the Unpopular: Talking About Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Education (Association for Childhood Education International, 2007). Unleashing the Unpopular “is a unique teacher education resource that strives to improve understanding of issues related to sexual orientation, gender diversity, and education, and how they affect students, teachers, schools, and the community.”

After a reading of Are You a Boy or a Girl? and a discussion of her film, Dr. Pendleton-Jiménez will lead a workshop (limited space) that will engage participants in the issues addressed by the book, and encourage reflection on how children and youth conduct themselves in relation to gender. This event has been co-organized by the Laurier Brantford Child and Youth Studies Program and the F Word Committee and has been generously supported by the Student Life Office PRISM Fund. The PRISM Fund (Promoting Respect in Society’s Mosaic) is supported by the Student Life Levy, a fund created by students to provide for the enhancement of student life.

This event is open to the public.

Public Talk:

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 5:30-6:30 followed by a reception
Place: 203 Research Centre West

Workshop (space is limited; registration required):

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 7:30-8:30
Place: 217 Research Centre East

NOTE: Attendance at the public talk is required if you plan to attend the workshop.

To register: http://www.lbstudentaffairs.ca/areyouaboyoragirl

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