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Saturday, July 26 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ho'onani: A Place in the Middle

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This workshop will feature a new film and discussion with award winning directors Dean Hamer. Ho'onani: A Place in the Middle is the story of a ten-year old girl who becomes the leader of a group of older boys in a Hawaiian dance traditionally led and done by men. While born female, Ho'onani has long known that she is “in the middle” between male and female. She is fortunate to have the support of a teacher who herself is māhū (an individual in Hawaiian culture who represents a “third gender” identity). As with many cultures, in Hawaii gender is seen as a more nuanced aspect of a person’s identity, rather than simply a binary notion grounded in biology. This wonderful film is yet another example of both how binary understandings about gender are far from fixed or universal, as well as how easily a young person’s peers can recognize and appreciate someone living authentically.

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Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... Read More →

Dean Hamer

Director, Qwaves
Dean Hamer, PhD is an educator, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and New York Times Book of the Year author with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. He formed Qwaves with partner Joe... Read More →

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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