5:30 PM - Doors open
6:00 PM - Keynote begins in the Cook Memorial Theater
7:00 PM - Reception and book signing in Jacobs Family Gallery
Lyceum Series | George M. Johnson
Friday, June 9th, 2023 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | $12.50 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Join us our next New Bedford Lyceum program, featuring keynote speaker GEORGE M. JOHNSON, an Award-Winning Black Non-Binary writer, author, and activist.
Storytelling isn’t just a form of entertainment for GEORGE M. JOHNSON, whose body of work on diversity and queer identity inspires millions of readers across the world to “be themselves unapologetically,” writing has the power to change lives. The Award-Winning Black Non-Binary author and activist is one of Out’s 100 Most Influential LGBTQ People, and they use their inspiring life story to teach individuals, corporations, and policymakers about LGBTQIA+ activism and social justice in healthcare. Their New York Times Bestselling memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, a powerful recounting of George’s adolescence growing up as a young Black Queer boy in New Jersey, was optioned for television by Gabrielle Union and Sony TV, and called “an exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but clear-eyed love for its subjects” by the New York Times.
Andrew Pollock, President of the Board of the South Coast LGBTQ Network, and Cynthia Cummings, Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will co-moderate the post-lecture discussion. Reception and book-signing to follow.
New Bedford Lyceum
Founded in 1828, the New Bedford Lyceum brought a community together for discourse, disagreement, and discussion with the pursuit of “useful knowledge and the advancement of popular education.” When the original Lyceum disbanded in 1905, its members transferred its funds to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society (now the New Bedford Whaling Museum). Today, the Museum and a community-wide advisory committee, are pleased to host the return of this centuries-old New England tradition of learning through active civic conversation.