Author Blaine Paxton Hall to discuss gender reassignment

March 7, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Author Blaine Paxton Hall will give a presentation on Tues., March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

Hall is the author of the 2003 memoir Hestia’s House, which outlines his lifelong inner and outer search for home, including his journey of undergoing female to male gender reassignment. During his presentation, titled “On the Way to Hestia’s House,” Hall will discuss gender reassignment.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the College’s Community Conversations lecture series. The theme of this year’s series is “People on the Move” and explores human movement in geographic, spiritual, biological and cultural terms.

“Blaine Paxton Hall’s story for his search for ‘home’ is inspirational,” said Roger Myers, assistant professor and reference and instruction librarian at Maryville College. “After reading Mr. Hall’s book, Hestia’s House, I realized that gender transition is only one component of his remarkable life. I am hopeful that Mr. Hall’s message about his journey for home will inspire people to have the courage to be who they are, to overcome their challenges and to find ways to reach their highest potential.”

Hall, a physician assistant hospitalist for the Duke University Health System, earned his B.S. degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He received his physician assistant medical training from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and he earned his master’s degree in clinical leadership from Duke University School of Medicine.

A North Carolina Medical Society 2008 Leadership College Scholar, Hall is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the first chair of the Diversity Committee of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. He is the founding president of the American Academy of Nephrology Physician Assistants and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc.

In his book, Hestia’s House, Hall describes his experience of being the eldest of four children born to abusive and mentally ill parents, who abandoned him in a children’s home. The book details Hall’s journey as it unfolds through flashbacks of memories evoked during a trip he took 30 years later to the children’s home. Hall also describes his struggles to get his undergraduate and physician assistant medical education, and he reveals “the liberation of his soul” by undergoing female-to-male gender reassignment.

The Community Conversation series is an annual lecture series conducted to facilitate conversations and discussions between members of the entire Maryville College community, citizens of Blount County and surrounding areas, College alumni and prospective students.

Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute specializing in urban growth, public land and transportation issues, will conclude the series with a presentation about transportation and public policy on April 4.

For more information about the spring Community Conversations series, please contact Kelly Battles, committee chairperson and assistant professor of English, at kelly.battles@maryvillecollege.edu or 865.273.8877.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.