April 28, 2014

AULA’s LGBT Specialization Hosts Prominent Lesbian New York Author Donna Minkowitz

Minkowitz To Discuss Lesbian Psychology, the False Self, and Its Alchemical Transformation

Culver City, CA – April 28, 2014 - Prominent New York City lesbian author and journalist Donna Minkowitz will speak at Antioch University Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Minkowitz, author of Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn, and Some Really Bad Dates, will discuss lesbian psychology, the false self, and its alchemical transformation. The evening consists of a presentation by Minkowitz and a question and answer period led by LGBT Specialization Director, Dr. Douglas Sadownick. The evening coincides with the LGBT Specialization’s LGBT Multicultural Class and will explore issues related to Jewish ethnicity as seen through a lesbian/bisexual-centered lens.

“We chose to bring Donna out because she is one of the only authors I am aware of that addresses the injuries caused by the unaware hetero-normative onto all children, LGBTQ children in particular, by not honoring their personal integrity and sense of self as an autonomous being,” says Sadownick. “Donna’s work is humorous, magical and pithy. Like good literature it exposes an indictment of a major problem society is currently facing, one that we address and attempt to transform through LGBT Affirmative therapy, yet still holds the reader in a magical and literary transformative container.”

A prominent LGBTQ author, journalist, and activist, Minkowitz has written a memoir which Kirkus Reviews celebrated for its “defiant, playful energy.” It addresses the problem of what happens to a queer child when she has a narcissistic mother who can only see that child through the mother’s own psychology. “My Mother,” writes Minkowitz, “instead of giving birth to me CREATED me as her own personal golem, a magical servant-creature made of clay from Jewish legend.”

Much of Minkowitz’s work is alignment with the LGBT Specialization’s sensibility that all LGBTQ people experience explicit and implicit daily assaults to the self from their parents and society from which it is important to recover in order for LGBT people to become their most whole and contributive self.

Minkowitz is best known in her years as journalist for the Village Voice, where she emerged as an important voice for LGBTQ people and a beat reporter on politics, feminism, culture and other subjects.

A light dinner will be offered from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The presentation will go from 7:00-8:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer period from 8:00-8:30. The event takes place in the AULA Library, 4th Floor, Room A4060, Antioch University Los Angeles Campus, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90231. RSVP to LGBTSpecialization@antioch.edu.

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for more than 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community, and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and graduate programs in Nonprofit Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability.

Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and online at AU Connected, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.