Lowell Lecture

A Reno Family Foundation Symposium: Becoming Nicole, the Transformation of an American Family.

Date & Time

May 25, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Cahner's Theatre at Museum of Science
1 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
Driving Directions


Nicole and Jonas Maines, identical twins; and 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.

Presenting Organization

Museum of Science




Lisa Monrose (lmonrose@mos.org, 617-589-0419)

In Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt chronicles the story of 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 sought out Dr. Norman Spack, co-founder of America's first clinic to treat transgender children, and began a journey full of discovery and change.

Join us 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. Reception and Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family book signing to follow.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required, beginning at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 11 (Monday, May 9 for Museum members) at mos.org/events. Seats are always available for walk-ups; first come, first served.

Funding for this program provided by the Reno Family Foundation Fund. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.