Stuart Hinds is the director of special collections at the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Iowa in 1994 and has been a special collections/local history librarian in the Kansas City region since that time. He is a founding partner of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, a collaborative collecting initiative between the UMKC University Libraries and the Kansas City Museum.
Utilizing research drawn primarily from the collections in the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, Hinds' lecture will focus on how female impersonation has been a consistent thread in the fabric of Kansas City’s rich theatrical tradition. In addition, attention will be given to the reaction of audiences to practitioners of this alternative performing art and how, over time, it ranged from absolute adoration to complete marginalization. The unique qualities of several legendary Kansas City’s female impersonators will be examined, as well as how some of the characteristics of local performers reflected national trends.
The lecture will take place in Epperson Auditorium, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The event is free and open to the public. His appearance at KCAI is sponsored by the art history department.
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