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Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect Lecture, April 28th

Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect Lecture, April 28th

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Tommy Mayberry (he/she/they) is taking the pronoun world by storm. Mayberry’s “Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect” presentation has been heard all across the globe. As a self-described “academic drag queen”, Mayberry’s insights are helping to change pronoun blunders into activating an inclusive ideology for gender and sexed identities in people’s daily interactions. On April 28th, they bring these insights closer to home in an online presentation hosted by St. Jerome’s University’s Registrar’s Office. Registered attendees are invited to discover how to move from a grammatical and linguistic history that ignores the world’s diversity of gender, to improve pronoun awareness and create cultures of respect.


“Joining the SJU Registrar’s Office as the manager of recruitment has been a homecoming for me, but getting to share my work and research in this public lecture at SJU is really and truly full-circle,” noted Mayberry.


Mayberry’s first research on transgender visual culture in 19th century British art and literature evolved from an encounter with poet William Blake. They completed their undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and English (Honours) thesis under the supervision of SJU associate professor Tristanne Connolly. While completing a Master of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Mayberry defended in drag where they proudly declared “this is my work”, and were delighted to add “and they got it.” Now finishing a PhD in English Language and Literature at UWaterloo, Mayberry is also the manager of recruitment at St. Jerome’s University. Their PhD project, which Connolly also supervises, was where Mayberry indicated that the “Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect” presentation “seeded and grew”. This work from their dissertation was turned into a Teaching Tip at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo, where Mayberry worked in educational development before coming to work at SJU.


“Tommy’s research and focus on gender has brought an expanded context to our outreach and recruitment work at SJU,” noted Registrar Sue Brubacher. “We are so proud that Tommy is bringing the passion that we see every day in their role as SJU’s manager of recruitment to a broader audience, and in a way that uses their knowledge as an academic and researcher.”

Mayberry’s work and research has been presented across Canada and internationally in Oxford, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Honolulu. Mayberry has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and grants supporting their research on queer and transgender theory, and has co-edited the forthcoming book, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning (McFarland, 2021). Mayberry’s gender pronoun presentation on April 28th will be the twenty-first time that the lecture has been delivered.

“We’ve all made the mistake of addressing someone with a pronoun that clearly does not resonate with who they identify themself as,” stated Mayberry. “I now understand how important my work is in educating people about the impact those words have.”

The complimentary “Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect” presentation will take place online on Microsoft Teams from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28th. A question/answer session will follow the presentation. Guests are asked to register their participation in advance.


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Academic drag queen Tommy Mayberry’s insights
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“Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect”.


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