Donna Minkowitz, Author
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
In Donna Minkowitz's new memoir, Growing Up Golem, a girl isn't sure if she's a person or a thing created to serve her mother. (In Jewish legend, golems are magical servants made of clay.) Are stories about golems and androids, and tales like Pinocchio and The Gingerbread Man, about our fears of not being recognized as fully human ourselves? Are they, in part, also fantasies about having the perfect worker - someone who has no human needs, feelings, or rights because they are "not human"? In this talk, author Minkowitz explores the humanist implications of these pervasive cultural stories of creating a sentient being intended to obey.
Donna Minkowitz is the author of the memoir Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn, and Some Really Bad Dates, which was recently named a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. Earlier, she won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance, about what she had in common with the Christian right despite fiercely opposing them politically. A columnist on LGBT politics and culture for the Village Voice for eight years, Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Nation, Ms. and New York Magazine. She is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award, and a member of the Brooklyn Society.
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