Conferences & Symposia, Performances

Communication Can Be a . . . Drag

Image credit: Kings, Queens, & In-BetweensImage credit: Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens

Experience the performance of gender through a spectrum of drag culture.

This opening session of the Radcliffe Institute conference “Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication” will include live drag acts, clips from the award-winning documentary Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, and a discussion with the makers of the film.

Together, artists and audience will explore questions of gender performance, identity, and expression; examine cultural assumptions; and witness real-time drag transformations.

We regret that interest in our program has exceeded our current capacity. We’re happy to add you to our wait list and will inform you as soon as possible if space becomes available. Please e-mail events@radcliffe.harvard.edu to be added to the wait list.

Free and open to the public.

ASL interpretation will be available for those in attendance.


The Knafel Center is fully accessible. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our programs. If you have questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, please contact the events department at 617-496-1084 or events@radcliffe.harvard.edu at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Schedule

7 PM

Welcome and Framing Remarks

Shigehisa Kuriyama, Faculty Director of the Humanities Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

7:15–9 PM

"Communication Can Be a . . . Drag"


with

Gabrielle Burton, Partner, Five Sisters Productions; Writer and Director, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens

Jennifer Burton, Partner, Five Sisters Productions; Producer, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens; Professor of the Practice, Tufts University

and

Robin Bernstein, 2018–2019 Joy Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Dillon Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Shigehisa Kuriyama, Faculty Director of the Humanities Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Special performances by:

Ethan K. Balk / Dr. Cool Ethan
Mara Gross Balk / Twinkerbell
Becky Harrison / The Reverend Roy Rogers
Kristyn Kuennen / Topher Wright
Quyen Tran / Jayden Jameson KA St. James
Corey Williams / Anisa Love