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Gender Colloquium Series to Present Award-winning Filmmaker Debra Chasnoff
08.12.14 |
The Lebanon Valley College 2014-15 Colloquium Series on Gender will present Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and Woodrow Wilson Fellow Debra Chasnoff in a campus residency from November 3 to 7. In addition to classroom students and meetings with various student organizations, Chasnoff will present a public lecture Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery.

Chasnoff’s highly acclaimed documentaries address youth and bias issues. Her most recent film, “Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up,” explores the gender and sexuality pressures teens and young adults face. Other award-winning films include “It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School, Let’s Get Real (about bias and bullying), That’s a Family!” (supporting youth growing up in diverse family structures), and the Academy Award-winning “Deadly Deception—General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment.” Chasnoff’s first film, “Choosing Children,” explored the once unheard of idea that lesbians and gay men could become parents.

She is the recipient of the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation Fellowship for outstanding nonprofit leadership, the Pathfinder Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and the first-ever alumna achievement award in documentary filmmaking from Wellesley College.

In addition to these accomplishments Chasnoff is also an expert in social justice activism, creating media as tools for change, the pressures on youth to conform to gender norms, the importance of adopting LGBT-inclusive curricula and how to do that, and culture change strategies for addressing name-calling and bullying.

Gender actively and passively shapes our shared destinies. More than an idea, its practice and performance unfold within the constellations of biology and culture, bodies and institutions. In the face of powerful social conventions and the culturally constructed binaries of "male" and "female", "masculine" and "feminine," the complexities of gender challenge us to think beyond the genus, to reach beyond the type and category, and to step into the spectrum of being and becoming. View more information about this year's Colloquium at

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