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TED Talk Screening & Discussion – Wednesday May 17, 12:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 28th, 2017

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Everyone is Trans by Ian Harvie

In this talk, Ian leads us through a provocative exercise, exposing deeply interconnected vulnerabilities around our self-conceptions of gender as they relate to our sexuality.

We all have things we would change about ourselves if we could, don’t we? And many of those things correspond to desires to feel more feminine or masculine, don’t they?

What happens when we allow ourselves to really see the motivations behind such desires? Ian invites us into a mental/emotional space that has the capacity to reveal, surprise, comfort, and unite.

A native Mainer now living in Los Angeles, Ian was the first transgender (female-to-male) standup comic in the country.

He began his career in the Portland, Maine, comedy scene more than 13 years ago and has been breaking new ground ever since. You may have seen him co-starring as “Dale” on the Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award-winning TV series TRANSPARENT; on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore; or on CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.

In 2014, with friend and executive producer Margaret Cho, Ian unveiled his first standup comedy special, IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO, which was filmed live at Portland State Company.

The film screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide and won several awards. Ian’s unique approach queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of standup in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all.

Day & Time: Wednesday May 17, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown@curtislibrary.com

Poem in Your Pocket and Open Mic Night – Thursday, April 27

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 26th, 2017

poem in pocketToday is Poem in your Pocket Day!

Step 1:

Carry a poem in your pocket

Step 2:

Proudly wear your poem in your pocket sticker
(available at Curtis and downtown businesses)

Step 3:

Read / recite your poem if someone asks to hear it! Ask others to share!

Then join us tonight for Open Mic Night + Reading
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

featuring local poets

Day & Time for Open Mic: Thursday, April 27, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown @ curtislibrary.com

Decision Making In Times Of Injustice – Tuesday April 25, 6:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 21st, 2017

KidsLookingatPhotosThis program gives participants an awareness of the enormity of the crimes committed during the Nazi Holocaust and helps them grasp the fact that thousands of ordinary people participated in perpetrating these crimes, while thousands more stood by as quiet witnesses.

The material in this program reminds us of the importance of living in a democracy whose citizens are capable of making informed judgments, not only on behalf of themselves, but on behalf of a larger community.

This program is part of the One Community, One Book initiative.

Sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.

Presented by HHRC Executive Director Liz Helitzer, and Program Director David Greenham.

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Day & Time: Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown@curtislibrary.com