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Oakton Hosts Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

Explore and discuss works by feminist educators, activists, writers and artists during At the Border: Transformation and Transition in Contemporary Feminism, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, April 1, at Oakton's Des Plaines campus.

Writer, biologist and musician Julia Serano serves as the keynote speaker. A male-to-female transsexual, Serano challenges the queer and feminist communities to rethink their celebration of female-to-male transsexuals while dismissing their male-to-female counterparts. A Poetry Slam champion, Serano has performed at the National Queer Arts Festival and the San Francisco Trans March. She is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007).

Sponsored by Oakton Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the conference also features playwright, director and performer Tanya Saracho, named “Best New Playwright of 2010” by Chicago magazine.

Participants may choose from more than a dozen small group sessions throughout the day. Topics include sisterhood, honor killings and sexual identity in the military.

Registration is $35 in advance (deadline, Monday, March 28); $50 at the door; and $20 for students. Registration includes continental breakfast, box lunch and dessert reception.

For more information, visit the WGS Conference site, or contact Kathleen Carot at 847-376-7061, or

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