February 28, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — S. Bear Bergman will present the one-person show, "Monday Night in Westerbork" Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Uptown in Swartz Hall at Bucknell University. The performance is open to the public, but seating is limited.

"Monday Night in Westerbork" is based on the life of Max Erlich, who produced plays in the Westerbork concentration camp. The performance creates connections between Jewish and queer identities and teaches about the Holocaust, according to Bucknell Rabbi Serena Fujita.

Writers at Work

Bergman also will be the guest for a Writers at Work session at the Writing Center (200G Roberts) on Wednesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for the workshop is required by calling 577-3141.

The interactive writers workshop is for anyone who is interested in, as S. Bear Bergman says, "thinking about the language of gender, its vernacular and lexicon and ways of making itself heard in writing, and then figuring out personal, useful ways to turn that to their advantage. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who can form a sentence, regardless of their experience as a writer: from novelists writing transgendered characters to transfolk writing about their experiences to academics tackling queer theory to people still exploring the nature of their gender and sexuality in private writing to absolutely anyone else."

Bergman's visit to Bucknell is sponsored by the offices of LGBT Awareness, Campus Jewish Life, The Writing Center and FLAG&BT.

Award-winning performer
S. Bear Bergman is a writer, theater artist, and author of Butch is a Noun and three award-winning solo performances.

A frequent lecturer and at colleges and universities regarding issues relating to gender and sexuality, Bergman has advised the staff of numerous institutions on their policies regarding transgendered and transsexual students.

An observant Jew, Bergman also speaks extensively about how religious and cultural lives have shaped one another, and the intersection of identities, especially as it relates to being both Jewish and queer.

One of the five original founders of the first Gay/Straight Alliances, Bergman is a frequent lecturer at high schools and colleges on the subject of making schools safe for GLBT students, and a founding commission member of what is now called the Massachusetts Safe Schools Project.

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Note to Media: for more information, call Rabbi Serena Fujita at 577-2273 or email sfujita@bucknell.edu.

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