Gender, Politics, and Imagination: An Afternoon with Jennifer Finney Boylan

A Schlesinger Library Event

Jennifer Finney Boylan, the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University, speaks about privilege, politics, and poetics. The author of 15 books, including She's Not There, the first bestselling work by a transgender American, Boylan is also the chair of the board of GLAAD and a New York Times op-ed page contributing writer.

After Boylan’s remarks, the Harvard College students Schuyler Bailar ’19 and Jessica Fournier ’17 will engage Boylan in a wide-ranging conversation about gender and sexuality issues on and beyond college campuses.

Schuyler Bailar ’19, a College sophomore concentrating in psychology, is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. After a decorated high school swimming career, which included a national age-group record and designation as an all-American, Bailar made the historic choice to transition, potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA champion. He now swims for Harvard University.

Jessica Fournier ’17 is a senior at the College concentrating in the studies of women, gender, and sexuality. She has served as an intern at the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, and a representative for Harvard Girl*spot, an LGBTQ women’s group. Fournier also participates in campus anti–sexual violence activism as part of Our Harvard Can Do Better. She is originally from Rhode Island and lives in Winthrop House. 

(C) 2007 Photo by James Bowdoin(C) 2007 Photo by James Bowdoin