“A Queer Response to Climate Change—What Would Walt Whitman Do?” NYU Sustainability’s Fall Lecture, October 11th


The semi-annual speaker series features comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano as he takes on the biggest issue of them all–global warming–and does so with humor, heart, and hope.

Peterson Toscano
Comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano

The New York University Office of Sustainability’s semi-annual speaker series event Fall 2017 will feature comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:30pm, at New York University Barasch Theater Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center, at 50 West 4th Street, 1st Floor, Shimkin Hall, NYC.   Traveling to the past and the future, Toscano talks about global warming in a fresh new way, revealing both the seriousness of climate change with positive and possible visions of the future. Audience members will find themselves thinking in fresh new ways and considering their roles on this new planet.

Free and open to the public; first come. first served seating. Additional information can be found at NYU’s Office of Sustainability webpage.  Refreshments will be served.

WHO:   Toscano's unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy.  Toscano is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. He has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine and has appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and NPR’s Morning Edition. Toscano is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and The Porch magazine. His essay, Transgender Gender During Passover, appears in the Lambda Award-winning anthology, Gender Outlaws—The Next Generation.  Toscano is the host of Citizens Climate Radio and the curator of ClimateStew.com. His film, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, is currently moving through film festival process in North America, Europe, and Africa. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Glen Retief.  www.petersontoscano.com

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:30pm, at New York University Barasch Theater Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center, at 50 West 4th Street, 1st Floor, Shimkin Hall, NYC.   [Subways A/C/E/B/D/F/M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]

About the NYU Office of Sustainability--NYU launched its sustainability efforts in 2006 with the creation of Sustainability Task Force formed by faculty, students, staff and administration to galvanize NYU community to plan and take action towards sustainability in the way we live, operate, educate and innovate. The Office of Sustainability implements infrastructure projects, communication and engagement campaigns, and innovative programs to empower, inspire and guide the NYU community to achieve our goals for sustainable practices and culture.

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