Talkback Saturday, June 9 Following 2:00 p.m. Matinee
All are invited to a talk-back at 4:30 following the Saturday afternoon matinee on June 9. Bent director and cast will be joined by special guests: Elizabeth Heineman, UI History professor and Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights, Matthew Conn, Ph.D. candidate in the UI Department of History, and John B. Harper, UI Emeritus Assistant Professor of English who specialized in 20th century America drama, including courses in the history of gay and lesbian theatre.

** Warning: The play itself contains nudity, violence and adult situations. Not intended for children.**

About Our Featured Talkback Panelists:
Elisabeth (Lisa) Heineman is a University of Iowa Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Modern Germany & Europe Women, Gender, & Sexuality and Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights. Lisa’s past research has examined gender, war, and memory in Germany; welfare states in comparative perspective (Fascist, Communist, and Democratic); and the significance of marital status for women. She is the author of, What Difference Does a Husband Make: Women and Marital Status in Nazi and Postwar Germany and many articles and non-fiction works, including “Sexuality and Nazism: The Doubly Unspeakable?” (Journal of the History of Sexuality) and The History of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights. She is the 2010 recipient of the AICGS/DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies.

Matthew Conn is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Iowa Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His teaching and research focus is the history of Central Europe since 1700, specifically Forensic Medicine, Gender/Sexuality, as well as Science and Environmental Studies. His research has received funding from the Social Science Research Council and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. Matthew recently presented at the UI International Programs lecture series on “Sex before Fascism: Law, Sexology, and Social Belonging in German-speaking Central Europe, 1750-1940,” explaining how our modern understandings of same-sex desires stem from the 18th century German Enlightenment and the debated meanings and origins of the term “homosexual.” His article, “Sexual Science and Sexual Forensics in 1920s Germany,” argues that, in the early 1920s, German courtrooms witnessed a key shift as presiding judges began to consider a greater number of sexual acts illegal under article 175, which targeted homosexual acts.

John Harper is a retired UI English professor who specialized in 20th century America drama, including courses in the history of gay and lesbian theatre. He has directed over 30 local area theatre productions, including two different productions of Bent in the 1980’s. John is also an Episcopal clergyman, and has been on the front lines of marriage equality efforts in Iowa, California, and Washington D.C. He’s booked during most of the performances of Bent to officiate at same-sex weddings.