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Widely Recognized Author to Speak on LGBT Issues

Article about Jonathan Silin, gay writer and activist

by Joe Savrock (January 2009)

Two events featuring Jonathan Silin, widely recognized gay writer/activist and educator at Bank Street College of Education, will be held on Penn State's University Park campus in February. The events are being planned by the College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) in connection with its yearlong focus on LGBT issues in education.

Silin is a skilled facilitator of discussions about LGBT issues for diverse audiences.  He is the author of My Father's Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents; Putting the Children First: The Changing Face of Newark's Public Schools; and Sex, Death and the Education of Children: Our Passion for Ignorance in the Age of AIDS.

Panel Discussion: "Out in the Classroom"

Silin will facilitate a panel and audience discussion titled "Out in the Classroom" on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library. This discussion is open to the public. It is being promoted for College of Education undergraduate and graduate students as well as area school personnel and parents and across the university.

This event is intended to allow participants an open and respectful venue to consider and discuss the ethics, responsibilities, politics, hopes, possibilities, concerns, and resistances for LGBT faculty, staff, students, and parents in the schools and for the creation by all involved in education of an inclusive and welcoming school environment.

Lunch and Shared Discussion

A lunch with Silin is being planned for Friday, Feb. 27, from noon until 2:00 at a location to be determined. The lunch is intended to allow College of Education LGBT students, faculty, staff, and their allies an opportunity to come together in a more intimate and social atmosphere for discussion of shared educational issues, strategies, and concerns. A meal will be provided.

Those wishing to attend the lunch should contact DCEC committee member Gail Boldt.