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'Humor as self-care'

September 11, 2013

Award winning comic Kelli Dunham will appear at Colorado State on Wednesday, Sept. 11 to discuss how we can use humor as a way to relieve stress and communicate better. On Thursday, Sept. 12, she'll facilitate the workshop, 'When the Rainbow Meets the White Coat': Hard conversations between healthcare provides and LGBT patients.'

Wednesday, Sept. 11
6-8 p.m.
Lory Student Center
North Ballroom

Humor for self-healing

Kelli Dunham, a former Catholic nun and a registered nurse, identifies herself as a "genderqueer nerd." Dunham will appear at Colorado State University to talk about how we can reclaim humor and use it to:

  • relieve stress,
  • communicate better,
  • subvert rigid gender binaries, and
  • and build resilience.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Q & A and booking signing follow

Dunham's lecture will be followed by a Q & A session and a book signing. Copies of Dunham's book, Freak of Nurture, will be available for sale.

In Freak of Nurture, Dunham writes about a range of experiences, from hitch-hiking across Haiti to help out with disaster relief, to living on a houseboat in Philadelphia in the winter. Her humorous interpretation of difficult situations is both inspiring and entertaining.The book is a long-awaited collection of essays, stories and performance pieces.

Dunham to host workshop on Sept. 12

Don't miss Dunham's next-day workshop titled, "When the Rainbow Meets the White Coat: Hard conversations between healthcare providers and LGBT patients," on Thursday, Sept. 12, noon-1 p.m., in the Lory Student Center, Room 224.   

LGBT healthcare consumers have been misunderstood (or worse) within the healthcare system. In this workshop, Dunham will facilitate a problem-solving discussion between providers and patients. This talk is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer Questioning and Ally Resource Center (better known as glbtq2a), ASAP, the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, and the CSU Health Network.