You Choose the Keynote for Gender and Sexuality Symposium

Posted on 11/4/2010 2:09:40 PM

A Qualtrics survey is being sent out to faculty and students for IUP’s second annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium keynote.

Learn about the fascinating speakers who want to be a part of this year’s conference, which takes place on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in the HUB.

  • Andrea Gibson, performance poet/activist, has performed at the most prestigious universities across the country with powerful readings on politics, global justice, and gender issues. Her fourth full-length album, Yellowbird, contains a combination of her poetry with piano, global drums, dobro, and violin, as well as music from songwriters Kim Taylor and Christ Pureka and music inspired by Devotchka. Gibson has won numerous awards and competitions, including the 2008 Women’s World Poetry Slam, and has been featured on several programs, including NPR and the BBC.
  • Betsy Crane, Ph.D., author, educator, and researcher, is the director of Widener University’s graduate programs in Human Sexuality. She has an extensive background in human services, ranging from academic publications to serving as the CEO of a human services agency. Dr. Crane has published on topics including social work practice with families, queer studies, and human sexuality. She has presented at numerous national conferences and conducted trainings on human sexuality across the country, as well as written curriculum on human sexuality for numerous audiences. Currently, Dr. Crane is co-authoring a book entitled Sexuality Though a Social Lens.
  • Leonore Tiefer, Ph.D., is an author, educator, researcher, therapist, and activist in the areas of sexuality. She has written widely about the medicalization of men’s and women’s sexuality, including pioneering the anti-medicalization campaign New View. Dr. Tiefer has received numerous awards, appeared on news shows such as Nightline and the Today Show, and has published hundreds of scientific works. She has spoken as a keynote speaker for many organizations, using both humor and scientific knowledge to educate and raise awareness about issues related to sexuality.
  • Matthew Burstein, Ph.D., in an educator and researcher. His interests focus on the intersection between philosophy of mind and social/political thought—with a particular focus on how integrated systems of norms (call them "institutions") create embodied persons. Though a philosopher by training, Matthew’s philosophical reflections remain grounded in the actual problems faced by those suffering under the burdens of systematically oppressive institutions. In his current job, he is developing experimental undergraduate curricula and new media strategies for Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
  • Robyn Ochs, speaker, teacher, and writer, is an award-winning activist and the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide and Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (second edition), the new anthology of 220 essays from forty-two countries around the world that explore bisexual identity. In addition to this work, her writings have been published in numerous bisexual, women’s studies, multicultural, and GLBT anthologies. Robyn has taught courses on GLBT history and politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay/straight, masculine/feminine, black/white, and/or male/female.

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