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The challenges facing this country and the world in the 21st century are great, from addressing climate change to dealigning with weapons of mass destruction. Yet amidst all of this, almost no issues galvanize the public more than questions associated with sex, gender, and reproductive rights.
We have seen policies ranging from the adoption of nationwide marriage equality in the U.S., the United Nations creating an entire initiative devoted to the needs of women worldwide, and the mainstream emergence of LGBTQ characters and personas in pop culture. Yet, there are places in the world where being gay represents a death sentence, and being a woman means a denial of many basic human rights.
In the U.S., transgender issues from North Carolina’s recent “Bathroom Bill” to the Pentagon’s recent decision to allow transgender troops dominate the news. Many states are attempting to dismantle Roe v. Wade, and the recent tragedy against the LGBTQ community in Orlando demonstrate that emotions still run high and consensus about basic aspects of human biology still remain elusive.
During this Great Debate, we hope to explore and examine these issues in the context of the scientific origins of sex and gender and the social, cultural, and political ways we live and express it.
Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies at Brown University, Anne Fausto-Sterling’s research focuses on applying dynamic systems theory to the study of sex and gender in early childhood development.
Associate Professor of Law at ASU’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Kaiponanea Matsumura’s research focuses on the intersection of private ordering and intimacy. His recent work in the area has studied the limitations that courts have placed on the ability of parties to order their personal affairs and how those limitations should affect contracting practices more broadly.
Co-founder and President of Take the Lead and Former CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Gloria Feldt is a social and political activist for advancing women’s full legal, social, and moral equality.
The “Grandmother of the National Transgender Legal and Political Movement,” and the first openly transgender judge in the U.S., Phyllis Randolph Frye has dedicated her practice to representing and accelerating the freedom of all transgendered individuals.
Professor, author, and LGBT advocate Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote the first bestselling work by a transgender American and has consulted on both the Amazon series Transparent and the docs-series I AM CAIT.
A book signing will follow.
Tickets may be purchased by phone at 877-840-0457 or 602-262-7272, or in-person Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm at the Phoenix Convention Center located at 100 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 between Monroe and 3rd Street, or in person on the day of the show at Orpheum Theatre box office from 5pm to 7:30pm located at 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on the corner of Adams and 3rd Avenue. Tickets are limited and are first come, first serve.
*ASU Student Tickets: Two tickets per student ID may be picked up in person at one of the above noted box office locations.