Wednesday, May 25 | 7:00 p.m.
Nicole and Jonas Maines, identical twins | Norman P. Spack, MD, pediatric endocrinologist and co-founder of the Gender Management Service clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
In Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt chronicles the story of the Maines family, a middle-class American family that is ordinary but for one exception: one of their identical twin sons, given the name Wyatt at birth, began identifying as a girl at the age of two. Jonas was all boy. But Wyatt was just the opposite, interested only in girls' clothes and toys. The family struggled with what this might mean, initially hoping that Wyatt was passing through a phase. However, by age five, Wyatt's inner conflict began tearing him and the family apart. The Maines family sought out Dr. Norman Spack, co-founder of the nation's first clinic to treat transgender children, and began a journey full of discovery and change.
Join us during this Reno Family Foundation Symposium for a special evening with Nicole, Jonas, and Dr. Spack as they discuss the milestones in the family's life, Nicole's transition, and the twins' first year of college. After the program, join us for a complimentary reception and book signing with Nicole, Jonas and Dr. Spack.
Advance registration begins at 9:00 am, Wednesday, May 11 (Monday, May 9 for Museum members).
Funding provided by the Reno Family Foundation Fund. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Its 10,000-square-foot Hall of Human Life draws on the latest discoveries in the life sciences to engage visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden and 4-D Theater. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®’s engineering curricula have reached an estimated 79,200 teachers and 6.9 million students nationwide. Visit mos.org. Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at www.facebook.com/museumofscience.
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