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Performing artist to appear at UNI as part of Hearst Lecture Series

January 18, 2011

Christopher Martin, professor, communication studies, 319-273-6118,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- E. Patrick Johnson will be at the University of Northern Iowa as part of the Hearst Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 3, in the Interpreters Theatre in Lang Hall, Room 040. He will perform "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," a solo performance based on the narratives in his book "Sweet Tea" (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

Johnson has published widely in the areas of race, class and gender, and performance. His first book, "Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity," published in 2003, dealt with cultural, social and political battles over origin, ownership, circulation and performance. The book won several awards. In addition to his published work, Johnson is also a performing artist. He toured his one-man show, "Strange Fruit," around the country between 1999 and 2004.

Johnson is a professor and chair of the Department of Performance Studies and a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Along with touring "Pouring Tea," he is working on an anthology of black queer performance texts and researching queer sexuality and performance in the black church.

Admission to the performance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advanced reservations are suggested. For more information on Johnson, visit, or contact Christopher Martin, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6118 or