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E. Patrick Johnson Presents “Performances from Sweet Tea” at ODU on March 13

Professor E. Patrick Johnson of Northwestern University will perform at ODU March 13. (Source:

The ODU offices of Intercultural Relations and Gay Culture Studies are bringing professor E. Patrick Johnson to Norfolk for an evening of Performances from Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South – An Oral History to the Webb Center on Tuesday, March 13.

E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. In addition, he is a scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance.

Johnson has written two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP, 2003), which won the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (University of North Carolina UP, 2008), which was recognized as a Stonewall Book Award Honor Book by the LGBT Round Table of the American Library Association.  Johnson also edited No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies (Duke UP, 2016) and he also co-edited Blacktino Queer Performance (with Ramón Rivera-Servera (Duke UP, 2016).

He is currently working on a creative nonfiction text titled Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women as well as Black. Queer. Southern. Women. — An Oral History.  His staged reading, Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales is based on his book, Sweet Tea, and has toured to over 100 college campuses from 2006 to the present.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, click HERE.

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