Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal will host E. Patrick Johnson on campus for a public performance, Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally, and has published works widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality, and performance. Johnson was born and raised in Hickory, but currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. His performance at LRU will be based on Sweet Tea, a play developed and workshopped at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago in 2009. Working with other artists and writers, Johnson turned his staged reading, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” into a full length play to fully capture the world of the men in Sweet Tea and to include his own story of growing up as a black gay southerner.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The mission of LRU’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal is to foster the moral imagination of students and community so that they will become engaged citizens of the world.

Photo: E. Patrick Johnson