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August 28. Dr. Annie Fukushima. Asian and Latina Migrants in the United States & the Invisible / Visible Paradigm of Human Trafficking
Dr. Fukushima has her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Feminist Emphasis from UC-Berkeley and also serves as a consultant for Office of Victim’s of Crime, a Board Member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and sits on the Advisory Board of anti-trafficking organizations: The Standing Against Global Exploitation Project, Inc. and Survivor’s Connect.
September 4. Molly Murphy MacGregor. Election 2012— Does Women’s Right to Vote Still Matter?
Molly Murphy MacGregor is the Executive Director, Co-founder and President of National Women’s History Project working to help acknowledge and recognize the historic contributions of women. She has been widely noted for her work including awards from the National Education Association and the US Department of Education, among many others.
September 18. Mai Doan. Reproductive Justice and Asian American youth empowerment
Mai Doan is a Youth Organizer for SAFIRE, an organization that encourages young Asian women to develop greater awareness of themselves as part of family and community. She is currently working on a Sex Education Justice campaign geared to improve sex education in Oakland Public Schools.
September 25. Anushka Fernandopulle. Buddhism and Feminism: Finding Your Path
Anushka Fernandopulle is a Buddhist teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition who teaches meditation classes and retreats around the country. Anushka holds a BA from Harvard University in anthropology and religion and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She also works as a consultant and leadership coach and teaches mindfulness in companies and schools.
October 9. Alli Deering. Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Advocacy
Alli Deering is a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for Verity, providing crisis intervention and case management for survivors of sexual assault, medical, legal and law enforcement accompaniments, advocacy through the criminal and civil justice systems, as well as referrals to legal services and counseling/support groups.
October 16. Tomas Moniz. Rad Dad: On Politics, Puberty, and Parenting
Blogger and Author of Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood. Moniz is the winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s Best Local Zine for 2011 and UTNE Magazine’s Independent Media Award for Best Zine of 2009. Tomas lives with two amazing daughters, a bunch of chickens, bees, a cat & dog in south Berkeley.
October 30. Tania Pulido. Organizing Youth and Community through Urban Farming
Urban Tilth apprentice Tania Pulido runs the Berryland Garden in Richmond, CA – a space where local youths can learn about topics like climate change and environmental racism. Tania is deeply involved in issues impacting the health of her community and was the winner of the 2011 Brower Youth Award.
November 13. Matthew Paolucci Callahan. A Double Bind: Professional and Social Sanctions for Women in Masculine Domains
Dr. Callahan is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University. His primary research focuses on prejudice against gay men and lesbian women. He recently published, “Core American Values and the Structure of Antigay Prejudice” in The Journal of Homosexuality (2011.)
January 19 - Positive Images - LGBTQ Youth Speak Out
Positive Images provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersexed youth and young adults, and educates the greater community. This panel will discuss what it means to be LGBTQ youth today.
January 26 - Dr. Michael Rosenfeld, Same-Sex Couples in American Society
Michael Rosenfeld, social demographer and professor of sociology at Stanford University, studies the changing American family. In this talk he looks at what we know about same-sex couples, their children, their relationships, and broader American attitudes about gays and lesbians, using a variety of recent data.
January 2 - Mildred Gerestant (DRED), aka LIGHT
LIGHT is a world renowned performance character actress, self-love educator, diversity consultant, LGBTQQIA supporter, and healer. She says: "When you accept all of who you are that is when real healing begins." This Haitian-American actress is best known for her one-woman, thought provoking shows that feature female And male characters. LIGHT’s noon lecture will be followed by an evening performance also open to the public.
February 2 - 7pm Warren Theater SSU I TRANSCEND-HER
Gender-bending, Haitian-American performance artist, LIGHT shares her personal journey through a mix of poetry, education, and humor. This evening performance addresses the herstory/history of transgendered, cross-dressing, and gender bending ancestors: from two-spirited/multi-gendered people of African, Indian, and Native-American tribes to participants of Haitian ritualistic ceremonies.
February 16 - Kebo Drew, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project - Reels of Resistance: Film IS Social Justice Activism for LGBTQ Communities of Color
Weaving galvanizing films with history, QWOCMAP illustrates the ways in which art has always been a source of cultural resistance and cultural renewal for communities of color, especially LGBTQ people of color. Artists have documented, shaped, defined and informed movements for change, and queers artists on the cutting edge of the LGBTQ movement are one of the keys to liberation. This presentation shows that art IS activism.
February 23 - Mattilda Bernsterin Sycamore - Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform
Gay culture has become the ultimate nightmare of consumerism, whether it's an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. As backrooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture morphs into “straight-acting dudes hangin’out,” what are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a corporate-cozy lifestyle?
February 8 - Alma López, MFA
Born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa and raised in East Los Angeles, Alma López has exhibited her work in museums and community organizations all over California, the nation, and internationally. Through her work, her activism, and her popular website, López is one of the most visible and cutting-edge Chicana feminist activist artists in the country.
February 20 - Peggy Orenstein - "From Princesses to Pop Tarts: What the New Culture of Girlhood Means for Girls and Those who Raise Them"
The WGS Department cordially invites you to return to campus (bring some friends!) to hear the acclaimed author, Peggy Orenstein. Please join current faculty and WGS student, as well as WGS alumni for this wonderful opportunity to hear this engaging author as she reads from her new book and muses on the "new girlie girl" culture. Make a night of it!
Peggy Orenstein writes for the LA Times, NY Times, and is author of SchoolGirls: Youth Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap, Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World, Waiting for Daisy:A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Fertility Doctors, An Oscar, An Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother. See Peggy Orenstein's website.
Co-sponsored by WGS Department, WGS Club, School of Social Sciences, Associated Student Productions, Counseling Department, and English Department.
February 22 - Juno Obedin-Maliver, M.D., M.P.H. - Dr. Obedin-Maliver
Resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF, has a long-standing dedication to social justice issues in the United States and abroad. Her current work is focused on promoting health for women and LGBT people. Juno is proud to be a founding member of the Stanford Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG).
April 5 - Rev. Jay Johnson, Ph.D.
Jay Johnson, a theologian and Episcopal priest, works for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry . Jay has served as the co-chair of the Gay Men's Issues in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion . He has also served as a parish priest in the Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago and California and is currently a clergy associate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley.
April 12 - Dr. Priya Kandaswamy - The Heterosexuality of Citizenship: Race, Marriage and the Politics of State Recognition
Priya Kandaswamy is an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Mills College . Her talk will address how access to marriage recognition has emerged as the central arena of struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the U.S. This talk recontextualizes this struggle by turning to the practices of the Freedmen’s Bureau in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Bureau’s emphasis on marriage worked to define citizenship as a heterosexualizing institution that reinvented rather than challenged racial stratification.
April 19 - Meghan Murphy, MSW
Meghan Murphy is the Program Director of Face to Face a local non-profit agency that provides supportive services to persons with HIV/AIDS and prevention education to the community at large. She will discuss how HIV/AIDS impacts the local queer community, prevention efforts targeted to the queer community, and the joy of working at a queer friendly agency.
April 26 - Mia Nakano - Visibility of and by the API Queer community: Using photography and film-making to create social change
The Visibility Project seeks to break down racial, sexual, gendered, and ethnic stereotypes by utilizing visual media to breakdown multifaceted barriers. Lead and founding artist Mia Nakano, a queer Japanese American photographer, discusses her story, the process of the project, and shares how it developed from photographing queer sex workers in Nepal, to working in the United States with people from all walks of life.
May 3 - PFLAG-North Bay - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization that celebrates diversity and envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
September 13. Stacy Malkan. Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.
Stacy Malkan is a co-founder and the lead media strategist in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Stacy has helped create worldwide media coverage about toxic chemicals in personal care products and the availability of safer alternatives. She is also the author of the award-winning book, "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.
September 20. Johnny Symons. Illuminating Queer Issues through Documentary Film.
Sundance and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Johnny Symons talks about using documentary as a tool for social activism through his films DADDY & PAPA and ASK NOT. DADDY & PAPA (2002) is about the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men raising kids. His newest award-winning documentary, ASK NOT (2008), about gays and lesbians serving in the US military under the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens, and screened on Capitol Hill.
October 4. Chie Abad. Global Exchange.
Chie Abad is an activist for Global Exchange, an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice worldwide. Chie spent six years as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan, a U.S. territory, where she endured wretched conditions and frequently worked 14-hour shifts. Now Chie educates Americans about the inhumane factory conditions occurring worldwide, including on U.S. soil.
October 18. Debbie Davis. Environmental Justice Coalition for Water.
Debbie Davis is Policy Directory for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), a coalition of more than seventy community-based, non-profits, tribes, faith-based, and environmental groups working to achieve water justice in California. She began her advocacy training in the area of social justice working on issues including women’s homelessness and access to higher education.
November 1. Julianne Ong Hing. Colorlines Magazine.
Julianne Ong Hing is reporter/blogger at ColorLines. ColorLines offers award-winning reporting, analysis, and solutions to today’s racial justice issues. She has written about labor and migration, the politics of globalization, pop culture and consumerism, and food.
November 8. Elizabeth Sekera. Lyon-Martin Health Services.
Elizabeth Sekera is an RN and the Clinic Director at Lyon-Martin Health Services. Founded in 1979, this organization formed as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental and affordable health care. The Lyon-Martin Health Services also provides case management and primary healthcare in programs specifically designed for very low-income and uninsured women with HIV. This clinic became a model for culturally sensitive community-based healthcare.
November 29. Tanene Allison. Brave New Films.
Tanene Allison was most recently Political Director at Brave New Films. She began her work as a political activist in the streets of San Francisco, where she organized around homelessness, education, health care and access to political participation, and where she held public office from the ages of 19 to 23. A graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Tanene has worked to bridge policy creation, progressive media and increased political engagement. She's worked at thinkMTV, MTV's political coverage department. She's published everywhere from the Harvard Law Civil Rights Civil Liberties Review to the Huffington Post.
December 6. Alli Brinkerhoff. Verity.
2/8 Shannon Price Minter, "Do Transsexuals Dream of Gay Rights?"
In the 1990s, many gay rights organizations opposed including transgender people in the LGB movement. Some responded that trans people should inspire an LGBT movement unified around the principle of gender non-conformity. While that strategy has been powerful, it also has made it harder to focus on race and class. Can we build a shared movement based on recognition of differences? Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a leading LGBT advocacy group. He represented same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case.
2/15 Francine Ramsey, "Black Lesbians Matter"
Ramsey is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Zuna Institute, a national advocacy organization for Black Lesbians, and the co-creator of the National Black Lesbian Conference. She has worked for over 20 years with civil rights organizations and LGBT organizations of color. Ramsey will discuss the Zuna Institute’s report, "Black Lesbians Matter: An Examination of the Unique Experiences, Perspectives, and Priorities of the Black Lesbian Community."
2/22 Raquel Gutiérrez, "Performing Community the Queer, Brown Way"
Gutiérrez, a community-based performance artist, playwright, and organizer, will discuss Los Angeles-based Chicana/o and Latina/o art interventions that explore queer lives in working-class neighborhoods. Gutiérrez is a co-founder of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan, a group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer LA Latinidad. At 7 PM in Ives Hall, Gutiérrez will perform MALATHION: LOW HUMAN TOXICITY, a one-person show.
3/1 Carolyn Laub, "The Safe Schools Movement: How We Can ‘Make It Better’ for LGBTQ Youth"
Laub, Founder and Executive Director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network, will discuss the history of California’s LGBTQ safe schools movement and GSA Network's Make It Better Project, launched as a response to fall 2010 suicides related to anti-LGBTQ bullying. The GSA Network empowers youth to fight homophobia and transphobia through GSA clubs.
3/8 Shane Windmeyer, "Campus Pride"
Windmeyer will lead a program that destroys stereotypes and compels participants to come out as visible allies and leaders for all, including LGBT people. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride, a national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
3/15 Susan Stryker, "Cross-Dressing for Empire: Gender and Sexuality at the Bohemian Grove"
Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, will explore how late-19th and early-20th-century cross-dressing at the Bohemian Grove—the exclusive Sonoma County retreat of the ultra-exclusive, all-male Bohemian Club—was integral to how members functioned as masters of the U.S. empire. Stryker is director of the Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria and author of Transgender History.
3/22 Martin Manalansan, "The House We Live In: Queer Habitations in the 21st Century"
Manalansan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the lives of a household of unrelated queer immigrants in New York City. He argues that their lives illustrate the workings of ongoing gentrification, xenophobia and national economic crises.
4/5 Amanda Littauer, "’We had the world by the tail!’: Teen Girls and Lesbian Desire in the 1950s"
Littauer, an assistant professor of History and Women's Studies at Northern Illinois University, will describe how, in the 1950s, same-sex desiring girls were isolated and punished, but some recall the era as dynamic and pleasurable. Discerning, naming, and acting on their desires, young women created a place for themselves.
SPECIAL SCREENING—7PM FRI 4/8 & 2 PM SUN 4/10: La Mission (2009)
Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) is respected in San Francisco’s Mission barrio for his masculinity, strength, and hobby building lowriders. As a reformed inmate, Che's path to redemption is tested when he discovers his only son, Jes (Jeremy Ray Valdez), is gay. To evolve, Che will have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Co-sponsored with the Sonoma Film Institute (Ives Hall).
4/12 Ryan Conrad, "Marriage = Death"
Conrad, founder of the Against Equality digital archives, dissects the affective rhetoric and rights-based discourse mobilized by national gay marriage campaigns. He examines how this collapses queer political imagination into narrow contemporary gay pragmatism. Conrad is an outlaw artist, terrorist academic and petty thief from a small Maine town.
4/26 Juanita MORE! and Family, "Three Generations of Drag"
Miss Juanita MORE! has been involved with the HIV/AIDS community in San Francisco since the mid 80’s and remains a tireless activist, fundraiser, DJ, and community builder, continuing to break ground with style and generosity. She will share her drag family and the support, activism, and community in this powerful alternative form of belonging.
5/3 Coyote Grace, "Folkstastic Trans"
Watch sparks fly between this acoustic down-home duo, combining guitarist Joe Stevens, a transman from Northern California, with upright bassist Ingrid Elizabeth, a sassy femme originally hailing from Southeastern Ohio. They capture the hearts of audiences nationwide with bluesy folkroots, sweet harmonies, and poignant songwriting.
5/10 Marilyn Wann, "Another Scary F-word: Confronting Weight-Based Prejudice and Health Messages"
This talk encourages people of all sizes and sexualities to recognize the impact weight-based messages and beliefs have on our lives, and how fat oppression connects to homophobia, sexism, racism, and the gender binary. Wann has been a fat activist since the mid-1990s, when she was denied health insurance based on weight and created the FAT!SO? 'zine and book. In 2000, Wann helped convince San Francisco to add height and weight to anti-discrimination laws.
9/7 Amy Chevrolet, Program Director - Circle of Sisters
Sonoma County Circle of Sisters (COS) program meets the needs of girls to build positive relationships through the core COS principle of having "Place, People, Power, Purpose." Circle of Sisters is part of the St. Joseph Health System and is a recognized model for female violence prevention.
9/21 Clare Bayard - The Catalyst Project
The Catalyst Project is an organization committed to deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial movements for liberation. Clare, a core member, organizer, and trainer with Catalyst, will be presenting on the intersections between feminism and anti-racist activism.
9/28 Positive Images Speaker Panel
"Yes, we're queer and we are here!" This panel focuses on the true, intimate stories of queer youth and young adults. Presenters will discuss sexual orientation definitions, gender identity, school safety, and specific issues affecting LGBTQQI youth. Speakers will explain Positive Images' programs and how anyone can get involved.
10/5 Marie I. Gil-Ibanez, Director of Health - Community Action Partnership
"Three Key Areas of Social and Economic Justice in Healthcare: Promotion, Prevention, and Advocacy." Marie Gil-Ibanez will share successes and challenges of innovative healthcare strategies and will include an introduction to key initiatives and policies that address access to healthcare for uninsured children and families. Participants will learn how to take action in the areas of advocacy for the advancement of people of color and other underrepresented groups.
10/19 Keri Sheridan - Santa Rosa Women's Health Specialists
Women's Health Specialists is a feminist, non-profit, community health center in Santa Rosa. Keri will be presenting the history of Feminist Women's Health Centers, from their roots in the self-help movement of the 1960's, to their active roles in keeping abortion safe, accessible, and legal today. She will also include information about female health care from a feminist perspective, including birth control, abortion, gynecological health maintenance, and birth options.
11/2 Favianna Rodriguez- Visual Artist Celebrated artist activist
Favianna Rodriguez will discuss the process of developing art in collaboration with communitybased organizations, her own creative inspiration, and how she has been able to successfully carry out her vision. She will showcase case studies of successful social campaigns, exploring themes ranging from health, to environmental protection, to immigrant rights. Participants will learn about how art and graphic media can become tools with which to organize and inform, becoming channels for public intervention and power.
11/9 Alex Kelner - United Against Sexual Assault
As Prevention Education Manager at United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County, Alex will present on the larger social context of sexual violence and effective strategies for prevention.
11/30 Yvonne Tran - Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
"How you fit into reproductive justice." Learn about the work Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) has done with Asian and Pacific Islander girls in Oakland, how we are increasing the strength of reproductive justice across the United States, and how we are building a national movement for Strong Families to shift culture and change policies about the way we think, feel, hear, see, and talk about families.
2/9 BeBe Sweetbriar, "The Next Gay Generation: Are They Listening?"
Through music, films and outreach, Ms. Sweetbriar dedicates her time and talent to fundraising for many AIDS service organizations. With progressive HIV/AIDS medication, gay-straight school services, and a resurgence in the LGBT equality movement, what role do drag queens play in preparing the next generation for the battles ahead?
2/16 Joey Plaster and Rev. Megan Rohrer, "Queer Public Histories of the Tenderloin"
Plaster and Rohrer give a multimedia presentation on queer public history engaging San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. These projects probe the intersections of poverty and social stigma, the role of theology in the GLBT movement, and parallels with current social and activist work. Plaster is an independent oral historian and Director of the GLBT Historical Society’s Oral History Program. Rev. Rohrer is Executive Director of Welcome Ministries.
2/23 Trystan Cotten, "Figuring Female Masculinity in Transsexual Autobiography"
Cotten, a CSU-Stanislaus teacher in the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies, will discuss his current research project, Second Thoughts: Exploring the Transition Narratives of Ex-Lesbians, on the autobiography of female-to-male transmen who lived once lived as lesbians and embraced lesbian feminism.
3/2 Michael Nava, "The Marriage Equality Struggle in California"
Nava will trace the history of the marriage equality struggle in California from the 1970s—when the legislature passed the law declaring marriage to be a union between a man and a woman—through the recent Proposition 8 decision. Nava is an attorney at the California Supreme Court for Justice Carlos Moreno and a novelist.
3/9 Katastrophe, "Sub-lebrity and Hip Hop: On Being Gaymous"
San Francisco-based rapper/producer Katastrophe weaves dense tales of lives lived outside the mainstreams. He was crowned Producer of the Year by Out Music Awards for his debut album Let's Fuck, Then Talk About My Problems 2004). His most recent and finest release, The Worst Amazing, came out in October.
3/16 E. Patrick Johnson, "‘Scatter the Pigeons’: Baldness & the Performance of Black Hyper-Masculinity"
Johnson, Northwestern University professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, describes how the bald hairstyle adorned by black men evokes desire and fear that create ambivalence around the ways race and gender are read onto the black male body. Black homosexual men have appropriated this hairstyle to recoup their black masculine identity and to disavow black community homophobia. In the evening, Johnson will perform his one-man show, Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell their Tales.
3/23 Cael Keegan, "Feeling Your Anatomy: Transmasculine Heroics and Phallic Mourning"
The Cliks, The L Word, and media incarnations of Brandon Teena present transmale bodies as heroically mournful in our male-dominated culture. These bodies initiate modes of masculine identification and privilege while deconstructing normative male subjectivity. Keegan, a University of Buffalo Ph.D. graduate in American Studies, argues that they transform mourning into a space for new forms of desire and violence.
4/13 Glenne McElhinney, "Making On These Shoulders We Stand"
Los Angeles' place in the LGBT rights movement is largely unknown. McElhinney’s On These Shoulders We Stand counters the popular belief that the early gay rights movement was limited to New York and San Francisco. Gay and lesbian seniors recall the trials and triumphs of the city's gay past, including the brutal collaboration between city fathers, the LA Times and the LAPD to make life miserable for LGBT people between the ‘50s and early ‘80s. In the late afternoon, there will be a campus screening of the film.
4/20 Josh Sides, "Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco"
Josh Sides, Whitsett Professor of California History and Director of the Center for Southern California Studies at CSU-Northridge, will discuss his newly published book Erotic City: Sexual Revoutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco (Oxford University Press, 2009).
4/27 Roberta Achtenberg, "30 Years & Counting: Everything Changes & Some Things Remain the Same"
Achtenberg, a founder of the National Center of Lesbian Rights and the immediate past Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, works as an economic and workforce development consultant to Lennar Corporation. Achtenberg was a San Francisco Supervisors and she served as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. She will provide insider reflections from decades in the LGBT political movement.
5/4 Jeffrey Escoffier, "Beefcake to Hardcore: Gay Pornography and the Sexual Revolution"
Drawing from his Bigger Than Life: The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore (Running Press, 2009), Escoffier argues that hardcore porn entered mainstream culture in the 1970s as the sexual revolution swept away many of the inhibitions and legal restraints on explicit sexual expression. The acceptance of pornography played a significant role in the sexual lives of gay men.
5/11 Emilie Roy, "'The Personal Is Historical: Lesbian Identity & the Sonoma Women's Movement"
Presenting from her prize-winning 2009 SSU History M.A. thesis, Roy explores the role that lesbians played in Sonoma County’s women’s movement, focusing on moments where their definitions, articulations, and negotiations of identity fueled the movement.
9/3 Marissa Keller, "Media, Body Image, and Identity: How Media Skews Our Self-Perception and What We Can Do About It"
While media can definitely be entertaining, many messages we absorb about who we’re "supposed to be" can be degrading and damaging. Mainstream ads and other portrayals can contribute to a host of problems for girls and women: low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, unhealthy diets and exercise regimens, and eating disorders. This diminishes women’s health and gender equality. You'll learn methods for finding out what media’s really selling and how to change the media environment to support and respect women and men alike. Education Into Action Workshop Leader Marisa Keller became involved in About-Face in order to promote positive self-image through media literacy. About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image.
9/17 Zakiya Harris, "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For"
A new generation of leaders is expanding the frame around green to include under-served communities. Learn about local innovative youth empowerment and green career program models as Mrs. Harris, founder of Grind for the Green, explores how to engage more people of color in the growing green economy. Grind for the Green is committed to moving youth of color from the margins to the epicenter of the environmental movement, through utilizing hip-hop culture as a vehicle to attract and engage youth of color, creating green pathways to success, which include careers, internships and educational opportunities, and connecting our local work to national and international campaigns for eco-equity.
9/24 Chie Abad, "Sweatshop Labor and Global Economy"
In countries around the world, millions of people around the world—mostly women—toil in sweatshops to make the clothes on our backs. Carmencita "Chie" Abad knows first-hand what is like to work in sweatshop. After spending six years as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan, Chie was fired from her job for attempting to organize a workers union to address the wretched working and living conditions in the factory. Today Chie works tirelessly advocating on behalf of individuals working in sweatshop conditions throughout the world and teaching others how they can make a difference through their consumer actions.
10/1 Lisa DeMartini and Jaime Rapaport, "Woman-Controlled Health Care"
Woman-centered health care has evolved from self-help techniques to commonly used medical practice today. Learn a feminist perspective on self-cervical exam, self-help home remedies, contemporary issues of abortion availability, birth control options and current medical practices and testing that affect women’s reproductive health. Lisa DeMartini and Jaime Rapaport are based in the Santa Rosa Site of Women’s Health Specialists. They share the experiences of over 30 years of feminist health history and currently work to fulfill the WHS mission: for women to control their own bodies, reproduction and sexuality, because only with dignity and freedom of choice can women achieve their full potential.
10/15 Sonoma 3rd District Supervisor Shirlee Zane, "Women in Politics: Sculpting Society's Future"
Only 30% of high elected offices in the United States are currently held by women. Yet women have a critical voice as caregivers in the community, and are pivotal to changing the way society approaches social justice and environmental stewardship. This lecture will explore strategies for balancing the gender scale in government. Shirlee Zane represents the Third District on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Since receiving her Masters in Counseling from Sonoma State University, she has also worked as a bilingual therapist, hospital chaplain and Chief Executive Officer for the Council on Aging.
10/29 Domestic Violence Awareness Panel organized by the YWCA
The History of the Domestic Violence Movement…or Two Steps Forward and One Step Back." Denise Frey is the Executive Director and CEO of the YWCA Sonoma County and has worked in the domestic violence movement for over thirty years. In this presentation she will explore the history of the various movements that have resulted in today’s Domestic Violence Movement and the current expansion into the Family Justice Center Movement. She will be joined by Alexandra Walter, YWCA Board Member and staff to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.
11/12 Molly Murphy MacGregor, "Writing Women into History"
Since 1980, the National Women's History Project has been working to help write women back into history. It has been an amazing journey. MacGregor, president and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project, taught one of the first high school classes in women’s history in 1972. Since that time she has become a nationally recognized leader in honoring and celebrating women’s historic achievements.
12/3 Malinda Lo, "Queering Cinderella"
In the young adult novel Ash, author Malinda Lo has retold the Cinderella fairy tale—typically about fulfillment through heterosexual marriage—with a queer twist. The Cinderella character falls in love with a woman while negotiating with a fairy who is not much of a bubbly godmother. Lo will discuss her creative process and how she came to reinvent this traditional tale as a coming-of-age rather than a coming-out novel. Lo was born in China, grew up in Colorado and has since lived in Boston, New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, the largest entertainment news site for lesbians and bisexual women. In 2006, Malinda was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Ash is her first novel.
2/3 Garza, "Crossing Borders"
Garza, a Latino gay immigrant exploring sexuality as a "T girl" in the USA, will discuss how drag performance can work across borders of care, belonging, and transformation and highlight personal experiences crossing borders of culture and gender in the San Francisco Bay Area.
2/10 Paula Pilecki, "Some of My Best Friends are Gay: Creating a Queer-Friendly Community"
Paula Pilecki is the Executive Director of Spectrum LGBT Center in Marin County. Paula will discuss the assumptions, myths, and stereotypes that are behind resistance in schools, social service organizations, and communities of faith to the active inclusion of LGBT people. She will offer suggestions on how to create a successful grassroots campaign to inspire institutional and community change.
2/17 Amy Sueyoshi, "Homo-coming: Yone Noguchi's Closet and Transnationalism"
SFSU Ethnic Studies and Sexuality Studies Associate Professor Amy Sueyoshi will explore how immigrant poet Yone Noguchi wrote openly about the beauty of male same-sex love at the turn of the century only to declare heterosexuality in later writings. Sueyoshi argues that his life suggests limits and liberations of transnationalism and the power of personal will.
2/24 Stephanie Brill, "Beyond Binaries: Gender Spectrums"
Stephanie Brill is the co-founder and Director of Gender Spectrum Education and Training, a featured speaker on issues of the developmental stages of gender variance in children, and co-author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. She will introduce a multi-dimensional framework that seeks to counter the prevailing binary gender system. She will explore how children frequently experience the interrelated notions of biological sex, gender expression, and gender identity.
3/3 Andrea Shorter, "Marriage for All: Race Challenges and Marriage Equality"
Andrea Shorter is the Campaign Director of And Marriage For All, a public education campaign connecting issues of race and marriage equality and the Co-Chair of the Bayard LGBT Rustin Coalition, Northern California’s largest Black LGBT political organization. She will speak on the ways in which race related to Proposition 8 and its aftermath.
3/10 Kyriell Noon, "Only Six Degrees? Sexual Networks and HIV Prevention in Queer Male Communities"
Scholar-activist Kyriell Noon is the Executive Director of STOP AIDS Project, a community-based non-profit that works to prevent HIV transmission in the queer community. This talk will describe how even in major metropolitan areas, queer men are more closely connected to each other through sexual networks than previously thought. Working these networks to guide HIV prevention allows agencies to support existing friend groups, maximize community assets, and shape healthy community norms.
3/17 Jon Ginoli, "My Life in Pansy Division"
Jon Ginoli founded the band Pansy Division in 1991 as a way to combine the two big interests in his life: being a rock musician and being gay. Through eight albums and worldwide touring, it has combined unapologetic lyrics with catchy pop-punk rock. In March, Pansy Division will release their new CD That's So Gay and the DVD of the documentary Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band. Jon has just published a memoir titled Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division. He will talk about the history of Pansy Division, why to form such a band, and its relevance today.
3/24 Steve Toby, "What Does Transition Have to Do with Belonging?"
Steve Toby, an openly female-to-male transgender psychotherapist, will discuss the unique role that belonging plays in compelling compels those of us who identify as transgender to seek hormonal and surgical treatment.
4/7 Jeffery Schwarz, "Adding Value: The World of DVD Extras and How They Can Sometimes be Queer"
Jeffrey Schwarz is the President & CEO of Automat Pictures, a multi-award winning entertainment company widely recognized as one of the industry¹s leading producers of studio EPKs (electronic press kits), DVD content, original television programming, and feature films. He will give a behind-the-scenes talk on content produced for DVD releases of Hollywood films, with an emphasis on titles with queer content.
4/21 Felice Newman, "The Politics of Being Heard: Book Publishing & Queer Literature in the 21st Century"
Felice Newman is a founding publisher of Cleis Press. Her discussion reveals the "pay-to-play democracy" of the U.S. publishing industry and suggests how diverse queer voices break through the barriers of the marketplace.
4/28 Julian Carter, "Birds, Bees, and Venereal Disease"
Julian Carter, a queer theorist and historian, is currently Chair of the Critical Studies Program at California College for the Arts. Carter describes the ways in which modern U.S. sex education, from its early 20th-century roots, promoted cultural heteronormativity and whiteness through claims to "development" based in ecology and zoology coupled with claims of "contagion" spread by so-called "perverse" sexualities.
5/5 Shine Louise Houston, "Taking Power in Creating Images: Crash Pad Porn"
As the pioneering producer and director of Pink and White Productions, Shine Houston is dedicated to producing sexy and exciting images that reflect today’s blurred gender lines and fluid sexualities. Houston will discuss how Pink and White Productions creates porn that exposes the complexities of queer sexual desire, inviting viewers into a world of butches, bois, femmes, transfolk and more, with a focus unlike any other in the adult industry, focusing on the authentic passion between two (or more) bodies.
September 4: Understanding Our Bodies: A Self-Help Approach Women's Health Specialists' (WHS)
Jenny Mourgos, SSU alumna and health worker, and Lisa DeMartini, clinic manager, will share fertility awareness techniques through a cervix slide show and discuss the politics of pharmaceutical companies in an open forum -- bring questions and an open mind! WHS was founded in 1975 in Chico by nine laywomen dedicated to helping other women obtain health services that were otherwise unavailable to them. Currently, WHS has sites in Chico, Redding, Sacramento and Santa Rosa. By understanding women's ever-changing health care needs and the obstacles that prevent women from obtaining care, WHS provides women-centered, women-controlled care. WHS is a feminist clinic dedicated to serving women by vowing to inspire and empower all of those whom they encounter in their work.
September 11: HIV 101: A Gendered Perspective
Christopher Bowers, a local Outreach Specialist with Face to Face/The Sonoma County AIDS network, will be discussing HIV prevention. The presentation will include the basic components of HIV prevention including transmission, risk factors and testing, but with a more nuanced gender analysis. Find out why women and people of color have an increased risk of getting HIV as well as why HIV is of particular concern to the transgender community. Mr. Bowers will also discuss and debunk persistent myths around HIV, giving a more clear and realistic view of the current epidemic. Christopher Bowers has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College where he majored in Community Social Services and Gender Studies.
September 18: Eating Disorders: How to Recognize Them and Get Support
The presentation will cover the types of eating disorders, statistics regarding prevalence rates, etiology, and how to get the proper support for yourself or a friend. Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MA, MFT, is a psychotherapist currently working with the PsychStrategies, Inc., group practice in Santa Rosa. Her areas of specialization include eating disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, women's issues, and issues surrounding pregnancy and postpartum.
September 25: You Can Be Proactive About Your Breast Health Breast Thermography:
The only preventive, non-invasive, 100% safe breast screening for women 20 years and older. Join Renee Russo and Jenna Montgomery, as they empower you with practical actions you can take TODAY, to maintain or improve your breast health. Mammograms can be too late... breast thermography can find unhealthy conditions up to 12 years before a mass is detected using any other technology. Renee and Jenna are Board Certified Thermographic Technicians, and currently offer breast screenings in Ukiah, Sebastopol, Napa and Novato.
October 2: Acupressure for Women's Health
Acupressure is a safe and effective way to help balance all stages of women's health. Stephanie Halderman will cover self-help acupressure & therapeutic massage techniques for hormonal balance, PMS, menopause, pain, emotional balancing and more. Stephanie Halderman, Dipl. ABT, EMT, CMT is a diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She is the founder of Eastern Holistic Center in Sebastopol offering private sessions, classes and certification programs.
October 9: You First: The Art and Science of Eating
Najine Shariat, Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist, has an unparalleled approach to nutrition and the "art of living" which links nutrition to how we live, to helping prevent and treat major diseases, and making eating a pleasure. Ms. Shariat graduated from McGill University School of Nutrition/Dietetics in Canada. In October 2005, Najine traveled to Paris to finish her training in bringing the latest (and oldest) ideas from Europe to her patients! Ms. Shariat is also the founder of IT'S YOU! Nutrition clinic, which is located in Santa Rosa and has recently opened a second establishment in San Diego.
October 16 & 23: The Intimate Relationship
The way we discuss intimate relationships, domestic violence, and victim services impacts our lives on a personal and political level. This "talk", or discourse, influences how we form and navigate intimate relationships and shapes the ways in which we respond, as an individual and/or as a society, to abuse within relationships. Is domestic violence a "human rights" issue? What are the necessary components of a healthy relationship? Join Michelle Doyel, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victim Advocate from the Petaluma Police Department to explore how positive communication in our relationships can be a powerful catalyst in social change. The second half of this presentation (held on 10/23) will examine sex, sexual assault and the importance of sexual health within intimate relationships. Ms. Doyel will be returning to help us explore how setting healthy boundaries, communicating about sex and speaking out against sexual assault can change the world!
October 30: Bridging the Gap: Health Care Obstacles for Transgendered and Lesbian/Bisexual Women
Dawn Hartbatkin, M.D., from Lyon Martin Health Services in San Francisco will address the obstacles faced by women and transgender people in obtaining quality health services. Lyon-Martin Health Services is the only free-standing community clinic in California with a specific emphasis on lesbian/bisexual women and transgender health care. Founded in 1979 by a group of medical providers and health activists, Lyon-Martin bridges the gap in sensitive health services available to low-income, uninsured women (primarily lesbians and bisexual women) and transgender people, who have often tended to go longer without routine care because of the difficulty in finding culturally sensitive health providers.
November 6: Chemical Rites of Passage in College-Age Populations: When Is Too Much Enough?
Phyllis Haig, MFT, will present compelling information from current trends in substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and harm reduction methods as well as local resources and a quiz to self-assess personal use and function. Ms. Haig, an SSU alumna, is a frequent college presenter, and an expert in substance abuse and mental health treatment fields. Please join us as she offers a humorous, non-shaming, feminist approach to the topic of substance abuse.
November 13: A Force of Nature: Revealing the Strength of Your Nature Through Yoga
Barbra Brady is a certified yoga teacher who holds an MA in Liberal Studies in Museum Exhibition Theory and Religious Studies. As a student of Rod Stryker’s Parayoga teacher training, Barbra's teachings in Tantric Hatha Yoga focus on creating a personal practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation that are aligned with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, or "The Science of Life." These practices are the most authentic to yoga as it was first formulated 5,000+ years ago. Far more than physical exercise, Tantric Hatha Yoga's techniques hold particular power for women, as they increase our capacity to live our lives to the fullest and attune to and manifest our destiny while remaining balanced in our intuitive nature.
November 20: Rebuilding Lives: The Feminization of Poverty and its Impact on the Homeless Population
Please join Tanya Wulff, Case Manager and Annie Nicol, FNP, from the Committee On The Shelterless (COTS) to explore the feminization of poverty and its impact on the homeless population. Both Ms. Wulff and Ms. Nicol work at the Mary Isaak Center (MIC), which provides a transformative program designed to support individuals while they put their shattered lives back together again. In addition to providing basic human needs, the MIC also offers, and in fact, requires, residents to address the core issues of their homelessness. Often homelessness is a direct result of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) as well as substance abuse and health issues. We will explore how ACES, along with substance abuse and health issues, directly attribute to homelessness.
December 4 & 11: Film Viewing: "The Business of Being Born"
Danielle Ronshausen, doula and SSU alumna will join us with the highly acclaimed documentary, "The Business of Being Born." The makers of the film depict both sides of the childbirth debate: have your baby in hospital or at home with a midwife? The first half of the film will be shown on 12/4, and the second half on 12/11. Ms. Ronshausen will answer any burning questions at the end of this highly controversial video.
February 12: Ben Peacock, The Private Lives of Dead Bodies: Mourning Homeless Young Queers
Peacock is a Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at UC Berkeley. His talk traces the death of a collective home for some homeless young queers and the death of Green, a 23-year-old man.
February 19: Mel Y. Chen, Queer Animality in Cultural Imagination
Chen, a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will describe the sometimes constructed, sometimes incidental, relationship of queerness to animality.
February 26: Robert McRuer, National Fantasies & Queer Anti-National Sexual Positions
McRuer is Associate Professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches queer theory, disability studies, and critical theory. His paper argues that the playful gender trouble and foregrounding of sexual pleasures in Murderball (2005) allow for the contingent unraveling of aspects of conventional masculinity.
March 4: State Senator Carole Migden in Conversation
Carole Migden represents the 3rd District in the California State Senate. She will discuss her groundbreaking role as an out lesbian politician over decades of political advocacy and activism.
March 11: Holly Near, Storytelling, Activism and Music
For the past 40 years, Near has participated in many major social change movements. She cut her teeth in the peace movement of the early seventies and learned her early feminism from women living in war zones. Through her storytelling, Holly remembers the lessons with grace and humor.
March 18: Cecilia Chung, United ENDA
Transgender Law Center Deputy Director Cecilia Chung will speak on the recent struggle to prevent the Congressional Democratic leadership from excluding gender identity from workplace protection laws.
April 8: Lesbians on Ecstasy, Re-Constituting Lesbian Concentrate
Thirty years ago Olivia Records released Lesbian Concentrate, rumored to be the first album ever released with the word "lesbian" in the title. In 2007 the Lesbians On Ecstasy released the album We Know You Know using Lesbian Concentrate as inspiration for exploring second wave feminism and womyn’s music.
April 15: Andrew Sean Greer, Tales from a Queer Novelist
Andrew Sean Greer, author of three books of fiction, including the national bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004), will speak about the craft of fiction writing and the ways in which queerness informs his processes and content.
April 22: S. Lochlann Jain, Cancer Butch
Jain, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, will speak on the challenges for gender nonnormative people confronting breast cancer and its feminine-gendered meanings within a cultural context saturated by "pinkwashed" corporate care and advocacy marketing.
April 29: T. Kebo Drew, Reels of Resistance: Film IS Social Justice Activism
Development & Events Manager for the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) T. Kebo Drew manages the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and develops partnerships with community organizations. She will discuss how QWOCMAP counters the lack of representative images for queer women of color in traditional media by making film accessible as an art form for creative expression and an activist tool for social justice.
May 6: Joshua Grannell (aka "Peaches Christ"), An Unlikely Career
As an underground drag performer and filmmaker best known for his character Peaches Christ, Grannell created the outrageously popular multi-city midnight movie event Midnight Mass and has screened his short films at festivals internationally. He will share clips from his films and television show to illustrate the evolution of what was once a queer, transgressive, underground performance scene that eventually ended up (perhaps accidentally) becoming phenomenon.
August 28: Pregnancy, Pregnancy Loss, Transition to Parenthood: Overlooked Issues
Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT, is the Bereavement Services Manager at Hospice By The Bay. She has been a hospice worker for twelve years, specializing in issues of grief and loss, including pregnancy and neonatal loss. She also has a private practice in Santa Rosa, where she specializes in issues related to pregnancy and new parenthood. Ms. Hirshfeld-Flores is also a trained doula (birth companion). She will discuss the emotional processes women and their partners may encounter as they move through pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood as well as neonatal loss.
September 4: Risky Business: STI's, HIV, and the Vulnerability of Women
Join us for a discussion of the biological and social factors contributing to women's vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections. Learn why women are one of the fastest-growing groups of new HIV infections in the United States, and discuss strategies for empowerment, protection, and the enhancement of sexual health. Presented by Nicole Cushman, Bilingual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo. Ms. Cushman has taught comprehensive sex education throughout Napa County and worked as an HIV Test Counselor at Stanford University. She presented at NARAL Pro-Choice California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys Roe v. Wade Action Summit in 2007 and is a member of the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education's HPV Curriculum Development Team.
September 11: Five Ways to Keep Your Spirit Healthy
Sarah Dole will present practical ways to enhance your spiritual vitality as well as your physical health. These suggestions are drawn from almost forty years of spiritual practice that include meditation, law of attraction and shamanic empowerment tools. Ms. Dole is a shamanic practitioner and spiritual life mentor with a practice in Sebastopol. She is a minister of The Circle of the Sacred Earth and has studied extensively with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
September 18: Societal Influences on Women’s Bodies: Abortion Rights and Choices
Shannen Farrell-Fraley, MA, MFT Intern, will discuss the current status of American sexuality. What are the influences on our sexual rights, respect and responsibility? Does our highly sexualized media empower or oppress women? Ms. Farrell-Fraley has been employed by the Sonoma County Public Health Department for thirteen years and works in the STD and Family Planning Clinic. She is also an instructor of Human Sexuality at Santa Rosa Junior College.
October 2: You First: The Art and Science of Eating
Najine Shariat, Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist, has an unparalleled approach to nutrition and the "art of living" which links nutrition to how we live, to helping prevent and treat major diseases, and making eating a pleasure. Ms. Shariat graduated from McGill University School of Nutrition/Dietetics in Canada. In October 2005, Najine traveled to Paris to finish her training in bringing the latest (and oldest) ideas from Europe to her patients! Ms. Shariat is also the founder of IT'S YOU! Nutrition clinic which is located in Santa Rosa and has recently opened a second establishment in San Diego.
October 9: The Effects of Sexual Assault: Prevention, Intervention, and Counseling Options
Sexual violence affects women, children, and men of all ages and cultural groups. In 2006 there were 139 counts of adult forcible rape reported to law enforcement in Sonoma County; however approximately 84% of rapes go unreported. Join Rebecca Plachte-Zuieback to examine the history of violence against women, the definitions of sexual assault, common myths and facts, and how to help a survivor. We will examine the effects of sexual assault, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and find avenues and techniques for healing. Ms. Plachte-Zuieback has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz, and is a California State Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. She has been working as the Sexual Assault Prevention Education Coordinator since 2006, educating thousands of Sonoma County youth, professionals, and community members.
October 16: From a Holistic Gynecologist: Women’s Health during Three Major Life Stages
Andrea Bialek, M.D. outlines important health issues of the three major life stages of adult women: menarche/late teens, the reproductive years, and the perimenopause/menopause transition. She will discuss basic female hormonal functioning and her holistic approach to women’s preventive health. Dr. Bialek has been a board-certified Gynecologist for 18 years, and has a private solo practice in Santa Rosa. She specializes in holistic women’s health and menopause counseling.
October 23: Process of Change: Implementation of Smoking Cessation Program
Cheryle Stanley, an alumna of SSU’s Sociology Department, has worked in the fields of mental health and substance abuse for more than twenty-five years as an Administrator and Executive Director. Since 1995 she has been the Director of Women’s Recovery Services (WRS), Sonoma County’s only State-licensed residential perinatal substance abuse program. The capacity of the program is twenty women and twelve young children and annually treats approximately eighty women and sixty children. In 1999, after seeing the damages that tobacco addiction causes for mothers and their children, she developed a Smoking Cessation Program for both clients and staff and integrated it into substance abuse treatment. Ms. Stanley was instrumental in WRS receiving a $10,000 Espiritu Award for the Protection of Women from the Isabel Allende Foundation in Marin County. Join us to learn more about Ms. Stanley's work and leadership to bring the first smoking cessation program to an alcohol and drug recovery center for women.
October 30: Beyond the Wicked Witch: Re-visioning the Older Woman
Susan Stewart is a Professor of Psychology at SSU, where she teaches a variety of classes from "Life Span Development" to the "Psychology of Yoga" to "Myths, Dreams and Symbols." Through a series of synchronistic events a few years ago she became fascinated by the grandmother/crone as a figure in world myth and folklore, as a dimension of the sacred feminine, and as a latent archetype of wholeness within each woman. Dr. Stewart will address the personal, collective and sacred dimensions of the old woman drawing from poetry, narrative, image, and story, as well as recent cross-cultural research in gerontology, medicine and other fields that likewise highlight the potential gifts of age.
November 13: A Guide to Building Healthy Relationships
Relationships take time, energy and care to make them healthy. Unhealthy relationships may have negative consequences on one’s physical and mental health. Learn how to create and maintain healthy dating and intimate relationships, and explore the dynamics and warning signs of intimate partner violence. Presented by Yuka Kamiishi, SSU alumna and Domestic Violence Victim Advocate from the YWCA of Sonoma County.
November 27: Understanding Our Bodies: A Self-Help Approach
Lisa DeMartini of the Women's Health Specialists (WHS) will explain the self-help approach to women's gynecological care and how this movement radically changed the direction of women’s health care as we know it today. WHS was founded in 1975 in Chico by nine laywomen dedicated to helping other women obtain services that were otherwise unavailable to them. The agency understands women's current and ever-changing health care needs, the obstacles that prevent women from getting care, and provides support to women in accessing necessary treatment. Ms. DeMartini has been with WHS for nearly five years and spent two of those years working with clients learning hands on care and advocacy. Today she is the Santa Rosa Clinic Manager. Ms. DeMartini and the Women's Health Specialists are dedicated to serving women, vowing to inspire and empower all those whom they encounter in their work.
December 4: The Real Truth About Having Babies: A Doula’s Perspective
Danielle Ronshausen, doula, childbirth educator in training, and SSU alumna speaks on the subject of childbirth and how doulas offer a helping hand to mothers through pregnancy and delivery. In an open-question forum, Ms. Ronshausen will discuss what really happens as a woman approaches labor, the childbirth process and finally, what women can expect after delivery. The audience will also have the opportunity to see an actual birth on video.
February 6 Steven Cozza: "Become the Change You Want to See in the World"
When he was 12 years old, Steven Cozza took a stand against the discrimination of gay youth and adults in the Boy Scouts of America. He and his father, Scott Cozza, founded an organization "Scouting for All." Scouting for All is now an educational and advocacy organization, reaching out to GLBT youth in its attempt to get the BSA to stop its bigoted policies. Steven Cozza will discuss his continued activism in Scouting for All. Steven Cozza is a youth activist and a founder of Scouting for All.
February 13 Susan Stryker "Christine and the Cutting Room: Transsexual Celebrity Christine Jorgensen's Cinematic Sense of Self"
In 1952, news of American ex-GI Christine Jorgensen's sex-change surgery in Denmark made headlines around the world. Jorgensen spent the next twenty years in the limelight as the first international transsexual celebrity. Her relationship with the camera was complex, however, because Jorgensen had dreamed of becoming a filmmaker and had worked in an editorial "cutting room." Her cinematic sensibility, as much as her surgeon's scalpel, shaped the image that she presented to the world. Drawing on rare archival clips of Jorgensen's own film work, home movies, and commercial media appearances, this lecture recounts how Jorgensen moved from one sort of "cutting room" to another. Susan Stryker, Ph.D., is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and independent scholar.
February 20 Daisy Hernández: "Queer and Colored"
ColorLines, the national newsmagazine on race and politics, regularly features stories on issues from queer communities of color. This presentation looks at the reporting, writing and editing behind the stories. Learn about reporting on a story or two queer teens of color who were brutally murdered and the activism that's grown in New York City as queer people of color fight to keep public space. Daisy Hernández is an editor at ColorLines Magazine and the author of Colonize This!
February 27 Frederick Hertz: "California's Domestic Partnership Law, Or, Are We Ready for Same-Sex Marriage?"
The political fight for same-sex marriage often obscures the important legal issues that face lesbian and gay couples trying to organize their lives amidst extraordinary social and legal changes. This lecture will summarize the background of marital "status" law, as compared to the "contract" law previously controlling the lives of unmarried couples. From this background the lecture will explain the emergence of marriage-like systems for gay couples, especially California’s domestic partnership law. In addition to reviewing the legal implications of the new statutes, the lecture will also explore the social consequences of grafting a heterosexual marriage model on to LGBT families. Frederick Hertz is an attorney and the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples.
March 6 Jewelle Gomez: "Vampires, Feminism and Our Future"
Fantasy fiction has long been relegated to literature lite, just as television is dismissed as popular culture. But how does culture shape our politics? What do we say with mass entertainment about the LGBT community and social justice? In the creation of any cultural piece, whether a vampire novel or the sculpture of Venus de Milo, the creator is informed by the sociopolitical context – poverty, conservatism, privilege, war, Puritanism, capitalism, or tradition. Most of us have knowledge of these contexts and the inequities that threaten the fabric of society; but we rarely see ourselves as activists for social change in our everyday lives. But we can be and still have fun. Jewelle Gomez is an activists, award-winning novelist, and the author of The Gilda Stories.
March 13 Michelle Tea: "Queer Memoir and Autobiography"
Michelle Tea is the co-founder of the Sister Spit spoken word tour, Her books, mostly memoirs, are known for their views into the riot grrrl and queercore communities. She has toured with the Sex Worker's Art Show and is a contributor to The Believer magazine. She is also the co-writer for the weekly astrology column, Double Team Psychic Dream, in San Francisco's Bay Guardian newspaper. In this presentation, Michelle Tea will read from one of her memoirs and speak about the relationship between queer memoir and autobiography. Michelle Tea is a writer, poet, performer, and the award-winning author of Valencia.
March 27 Johnny Symons: "Daddy & Papa: Gay Fathers and the Changing Landscape of the American Family"
Since its release five years ago, the Emmy-nominated film Daddy & Papa has given millions of viewers a glimpse of something most have never seen: the inner working of families headed by gay men. Director/Producer Johnny Symons will discuss the making and distribution of the film, the ways in which gay families navigate through schools, neighborhoods, and extended families, and his own experience as a gay parent. Johnny Symons is the director and producer of Daddy & Papa.
April 3 Marcia Gallo: "Lifting the Mask: The Daughters of Bilitis, "the Ladder," and the Conscious Normalization of Lesbian Images in 1950s and 1960s America"
The notion of invisibility, of "wearing the mask," was much more prevalent than "being in the closet" for the lesbians who first organized Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) meetings in U.S. cities in the 1950s and 1960s. They knew that the popular image of "the Lesbian" was distorted and unreal, and they set about to reshape it by using whatever cultural forms they could find or create. This talk will focus on the ways the leaders of the DOB consciously reconstructed media images of lesbians in order to normalize them. "Lifting the mask" was a vital part of their strategy for securing lesbian rights. Marcia Gallo is the author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement.
April 17 Cedric Brown: "The Hard Evidence of Existence: Creating Black Gay Arts in Down Low Times"
This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating work that reflects the experiences of Black gay men during an era when a public identity as a gay man of color is too often shunned. Cedric Brown will present a brief retrospective of his influences and the rich artistic history of Black gay art and performance born in the Bay Area. He will also talk about his creative process and future projects, and how Black gay men's stories epitomize the deeply-examined human condition. Cedric Brown is a performer, writer, and the founder of B/GLAM.
April 24 "In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents"
Join a panel of young adults who have LGBT parents for a screening and discussion of "In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents." This 30-minute film was produced by COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program during a 10-month activism training program in San Francisco, CA. The film debuted at the 2005 Frameline Film Festival, where it earned the Audience Award for Best Short. The film depicts five young people who give you a chance to walk in their shoes – to hear their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family. COLAGE is a support and advocacy program for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.
May 1 Dean Spade: "Consolidating the Gendered Citizen: Trans Survival, Bureaucratic Power, and the War on Terror"
This presentation discusses the impact of the War on Terror on transgender rights, the bureaucratization of trans identities, and models of non-profit governance in social movements. It invites questions about whether and where the state should use gender as a category of identity, and what consequences might result from a reduced reliance on gender in state programs and processes. It will include a discussion of how these issues are increasingly emerging under War on Terror policies and practices of the administrative state that seek to rigidify national identity surveillance. Dean Spade is a UCLA Law Teaching Fellow and the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
May 8 Daniel Winunwe Rivers: "From Parents in Hiding to the Lesbian Baby Boom: A History of Lesbian Motherhood 1945-1980"
This lecture will cover the changing social, political, and legal realities of lesbian motherhood from the Second World War to the beginning of the 1980s. Topics covered will include: the experiences of lesbians raising children in butch/fem working-class communities in the 1950s, custody cases fought by lesbian mothers in the 1970s, the emergence of a lesbian mother activist movement in reaction to the homophobia faced by a generation of lesbian mothers fighting for their right to be parents, and changes in lesbian parenthood in the 1980s, brought about by increased availability of insemination technologies and changes in custody and adoption law. Daniel Winunwe Rivers is a Ph.D. candidate and Feminist Studies Instructor at Stanford University.
Aug. 29: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Women’s Health Care During the Last 50 Years.
Jeanette Koshar, RN, NP, Ph.D., SSU Nursing Department, examines social and health care events that have impacted women’s health in the U.S. over the past 50 years. Jeanette has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for over 27 years, beginning her career as a Labor and Delivery room nurse and completing research projects on domestic violence and high risk adolescent behavior.
Sept. 5: Addressing the Physical and Mental Needs of Incarcerated Women.
Dr. Barbara Bloom as she provides in-depth information about the critical gaps in the essential health care services provided to incarcerated women and explains the need for a community-based continuum of services for women offenders. Dr. Bloom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at SSU. She is the Co-Director of the Center for Gender and Justice and her research and policy interests include women and girls under criminal justice supervision and gender-responsive interventions and services.
Sept. 12: The Cultural Influences on Women’s Bodies: Abortion Rights and Choices.
Shannen Farrell Fraley, MA, discusses the current status of American Sexuality. What are the influences of our sexual rights, respect, and responsibility? Does our highly sexualized media empower or oppress women? Ms. Fraley has been employed by Sonoma County Public Health Department for twelve years and works in the STD and Family Planning Clinic. She is also an instructor of Human Sexuality at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Sept. 19: Women and Heart Health.
Dr. Richard McCarthy, Chief of Neurology, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, speaks on the topic of women and heart health. Dr. McCarthy is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association where he works to increase stroke awareness and prevention. Dr. McCarthy also trains neurology residents at UCSF Medical Center.
Sept. 26: Seven Steps to Intuitive Eating and Natural Weight.
How do women learn to eat healthfully? Barbara Birsinger’s presentation will be a practical guide to knowing what, when and how much to eat for your individual needs, and to decoding the symbolic meanings in eating, food cravings, and body language. Barbara is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with over 25 years of experience in the psychology of eating and weight issues, intuitive nutrition and health promotion.
Oct. 3: Standing in Front of a Run-Away Train: One Woman's Work to Influence Medical Practice Related to Dying Newborns.
Dr. Anita Catlin, Nursing Department, SSU and Ethics Consultant. Dr. Catlin will discuss her twelve-year journey to influence the care of dying newborns, including the technological imperative in the United States which has demanded that all newborns be resuscitated and the significant effect that this has had on nurses, physicians, families, public health, education, and society.
Oct. 10: Healing Through Story, Listening, and Legacy.
Linda Blachman, MPH, MA, shares her book, Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer (Seal Press, 2006) which addresses the plight of ill mothers in an unsupportive culture and presents their hard-won wisdom for living with courage and hope in the face of uncertainty. Linda Blachman is a personal historian, life coach, and consultant in private practice, specializing in the mental health of women, mothers, and communities. In 1995 she founded the Mothers’ Living Stories (MLS), a nonprofit project that helps mothers with cancer record life stories and legacies for their children.
Oct. 17: Class Discussion: Another Morning.
Come and discuss Linda Blachman’s book and lecture. Breast cancer affects women of all ages, including those with young children. What are the cultural barriers mothers with cancer are challenged with? What changes could be made in services for mother’s facing cancer?
Oct. 24: Choices in Childbirth.
Constance Sinclair, MSN, CNM, Chief Nurse-Midwife, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa will discuss the current options available to women giving birth and recent trends in the childbirth services in medical and home settings. Ms. Sinclair began her career as a midwife in 1985 and has also worked in public health, emergency care, labor and delivery and as a clinical nursing instructor. She is also the author of The Midwife’s Handbook, among many publications.
Oct. 31: What You Need to Know About Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Join us to learn more about sexually transmitted infections and also learn about the controversial new vaccination for HPV. Presented by Nichole Cushman of Planned Parenthood. Nichole is a Bilingual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood, Shasta-Diablo. Nichole has taught abroad in Spain and was also given the opportunity to speak at the 2006 Stanford Women’s Leadership Program.
Nov. 7: Positive Aging for Women.
This lecture will deal with some of the latest research in the field of gerontology that addresses who ages well and why. What can women do now to prepare for their senior years and make the most out of them? Shirlee Zane, M.A., MFCC, is the Executive Director for the Sonoma County Council on Aging. Ms. Zane recently received a Leadership Award from the Sonoma County Medical Association (2005) and the Reverend Coffee Human Rights Award in December 2005.
Nov. 14: Human Trafficking in California.
Human trafficking is becoming an increasing problem in the state of California and many of the victims are women and children. Dr. Amanda Noble will discuss the Task Force that has been designed to discuss the problems of human trafficking; report on survey data; and emphasize the physical and mental health consequences of the victims. Dr. Noble has a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis and is a researcher for the Attorney General’s Crime and Violence Prevention Center, where she specializes in domestic violence and human trafficking in California.
Nov. 21: Women Serving Women: Doulas Helping Teen Mothers.
Danielle Moreno, doula, childbirth educator in training, and WGS student at Sonoma State speaks on the subject of doulas and how doulas offer teen mothers a helping hand through pregnancy and childbirth. The documentary, A Doula Story, will be shown after a discussion on doulas.
Dec. 5: The Education of Shelby Knox: A Film Viewing.
Shelby Knox, of Lubbock, TX, is a devout Christian who makes a vow to remain celibate until marriage, but becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive-sex education, in a town where abstinence-only sex education is highly praised.
February 7 Carolyn Laub: "How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance"
GSA Network was founded in 1998 to empower youth activists to start Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. GSA Network began working with 40 GSA clubs in the Bay Area during the 1998-99 school year, but the organization quickly expanded and by 2001 GSA Network became a statewide organization. In this talk, Carolyn Laub discusses the history and future of the GSA Network. Carolyn Laub is the Executive Director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
February 14 Jim Van Buskirk: "Reversing Vandalism: Community Responses to a Hate Crime"
In 2001 over 600 vandalized books—on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender topics, women’s issues, and HIV/AIDS—were found hidden throughout the San Francisco Public Library. Deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the library’s collection, they were distributed to interested artists and community members. The wide variety of responses resulted in an exhibition of over 200 original works of art displayed in the main library Jim Van Buskirk is the Program Manager for the James T. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at San Francisco Public Library.
February 21 Ann Bannon: "From 'Sleaze' to Classics: The Beebo Brinker Chronicles"
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles take their title from the most famous of Ann Bannon's characters, the legendary swashbuckling butch, Beebo Brinker. Bannon’s novels, part of the infamous lesbian "pulp fiction" genre, reveal the intensity and courage of gay love in a world that was then unrelentingly hostile. Even today, the books continue to exert a pull on the heart with their universal themes and beguiling characters. Ann Bannon, Ph.D., is the author of several novels including the classic Odd Girl Out.
February 28 Horacio N. Roque Ramirez: "Gay Latino Histories/Dying to Be Done"
This lecture will address the state of gay Latino history in the U.S., the teaching of this history, and the underused strategies and lack of research projects to document and archive this multigender social, cultural, and political history. Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
March 7 Cathy Cade: "The San Francisco Dyke March: Radical Politics and Our Community Event"
What is the San Francisco Dyke March? For thirteen years this annual march has occurred without a permit and has become an important part of San Francisco’s gay pride events. Along with a 15 minute documentary video of the San Francisco Dyke March, Cathy Cade will talk about the progressive political origins of the event. Cathy Cade, Ph.D.,is a photographer and documentary filmmaker.
March 14 James Dean: "Racial Heterosexual Identities: Black and White Heterosexualities"
Based on 60 in-depth interviews with heterosexual Black and White men and women, this lecture will examine the ways in which gay visibility is shaping the lives of Black and White heterosexuals to both bring attention to the dominant status of their heterosexual identities as well as how dominant racial codings mark homosexuality as White and heterosexuality as Black. James Dean, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SSU.
March 28 Dora Dome: "Jennifer’s Complaint: Homophobia and Sports"
Last December, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed suit on behalf of Penn State basketball star Jennifer Harris against her former coach because of homophobic harassment. In this presentation, attorney Dora Dome will discuss this case as well as her own experiences in the competitive world of women’s college basketball. Dora Dome is an attorney and a Board Member of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
April 4 LeiLani Nishime: "Queer Theory, Racial Outing, and Keanu Reeves"
This presentation will analyze the publicity and gossip surrounding the star persona of Reeves. The furor over Reeves’ sexual orientation serves to obscure and suppress Reeves’ racial background. On the other hand, Reeves race refuses to remain hidden and forgotten, surfacing through the language and rhetoric of "queer" culture. Ultimately, Reeves provides a prime example of the intersection of race and sexuality. LeiLani Nishime, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of American Multicultural Studies at SSU.
April 11 Loren Cameron: "Transwork – The Photography of Loren Cameron"
Cameron’s photographs and self-portraits have become beautiful icons of a burgeoning transgender movement. Heralded as groundbreaking and stunning, his book Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits has been critically acclaimed worldwide, receiving numerous awards, including two Lambda Literary awards. Loren Cameron is the author of multiple photography books about transgender identity.
April 25 Joshua Gamson: "Be Fabulous: Some Lessons From the Life of Sylvester, Queen of Disco"
Like very few before him, and quite a few after, Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream: a star not despite the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality he eagerly crossed but because of them. He embodied a cultural impulse and a simple set of diva-driven inspirational imperatives; be free; be fabulous; be real. Joshua Gamson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco.
May 2 Ada Jaarsma: "Religious Faith and Perversity: When Kierkegaard meets Freud"
It is commonplace in queer studies to reject religious questions as either irrelevant or irredeemably prejudiced towards heterosexist fundamentalism. Within the current U.S. American climate, this rejection is understandable and perhaps inevitable. This lecture will argue for the political and existential importance of reclaiming religious faith in the name of queer ethics. Ada Jaarsma, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SSU.
May 9 Shannon Minter: "Transgender Rights: Past, Present & Future"
A look at the evolving relationship of transgender people to the larger gay rights movement and the emergence of transgender law, including disagreements about who is transgender, how to define transgender, and how best to advocate for transgender people. For example, should our goal be to enable transgender people to fit into existing gender categories or to challenge the categories themselves? Shannon Minter is an attorney and the Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Feb. 5 The Emergence of Representational Politics in the Golden Age of the Lesbian Paperback, 1955-1965.
The sexual politics of representation emerged in a very specific historical context, the 1950s, and coincided with the two important developments, the birth of the lesbian paperback novel and the founding of the first lesbian organization. Dr. Meeker's presentation explores the key personalities and published works through which the representational politics of sexuality first were articulated. Martin Meeker, Ph.D., is a historian who currently works at UC Berkeley in the Oral History Program at the Bancroft Library.
Feb. 12 "The Pull": Successfully Managing the Intersection of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
People with multiple aspects of identity often feel a "pull"-am I more this than that? Experiential and didactic in nature, this workshop will focus on identity issues for LGBT of color and focus on identity management strategies, validating the whole person. Richard A. Rodriguez, Ph.D., is Director of Counseling & Psychological Services at SSU.
Feb 19. Having the Last Laugh: Humor in Lesbian Fiction
Examination of the uses of humor in lesbian novels and short stories, will demonstrate the ways in which irony, satire, parody, and hyperbole serve as alternative means of persuasion.Julie Allen, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Sonoma State University. She is currently teaching Humor in Lesbian Fiction.
March 5 The Gay Vote and Gay Issues in U.S. Politics
The public's views on gay issues have become more and more tied to whether they are Democrats or Republicans. More than ever, gay voters identify with the Democratic party, and the Democratic Party with gay rights. This talk will conclude with a discussion of the implications of these findings for the gay rights movement in the United States. Patrick Egan is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
March 11 Transforming the Nation: Black History, Queer Politics, and Movement Building
A discussion of the history of conflicts and alliances between the African American and LGBT movements for justice highlighting LGBT African American activists in the Civil Rights Movement and their role in fighting the scapegoating, wedge politics of the Right in the post-civil rights era. N'Tanya Lee Director of Youth Policy at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and Project Director of Coleman's youth organizing project, Youth Making Change.
March 18 TRANSformative Power: Transitioning from the Personal to the Political
Drawing from his undergraduate thesis on Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity and his favorite essays by Susan Stryker, KC will facilitate an exploration of the links between passing and what it means to BE a gender. Bly is a San Francisco native and recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where he also worked as the country's the country's first Transgender Programs Coordinator.
March 25 Ending Shame, Secrecy, & Unwanted Genital Surgeries for Children Born with Intersex Conditions
Discussing the origins and history of the Intersexed Movement, Chase outlines some of the issues associated with supporting intersexed people. Cheryl Chase is the Executive Director of the Intersex Society of North America.
April 15 The Bradfords Tour America
In The Bradfords Tour America, the filmmakers become Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bradford, a seemingly nice Christian married couple ... they set out on a cross-country motor home sojourn, conducting research into what God-fearing, conservative-minded churchgoers think and say about homosexuals. The unexpurgated bile of those on the far right is laid out for all to see. Jann Nunn, co-Writer and Director of The Bradfords Tour America, and SSU Assistant Professor of Studio Art (Sculpture).
April 22 Gay Men's Culture's of the 1970s: Memories, Regrets and Meanings
How did gay men of various races, classes, and locations form identity and community during the period of 1973-1984? What role did sex and sex cultures play in the lives of gay men during this era? How did gay men relate to issues of health, safety, and care during the decade before the onset of AIDS? Eric Rofes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education at Humboldt State University.
Sept. 9 Dynamics of Domestic Violence.
Domestic Violence is a persistent and significant problem. What is the cycle of violence and how does it revolve around issues of power and control? How can women recognize and flee abusive relationships? Yuka Kamiishi is a Domestic Violence Family Advocate for YWCA stationed at the Sonoma Police Department. She is an alumnus of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at SSU.
Sept. 16 A Feminist Perspective on Women and Disability.
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." (Helen Keller) During this open discussion, we'll talk about what it means to be a women with a disability and discuss the opportunities and challenges. We'll also talk about how we can empower ourselves to be an advocate, and find strength and courage within. Terilynn Miller-Pennisi is a long-time activist and former board member of Marin NOW, and is the Employee Relations Representative and ADA Coordinator for SSU. She is also a Board Member for the Sonoma County Mayors' Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities.
Sept. 23 Positive Aging for Women.
In less than 15 years the number of seniors will double in the State of California. How can women grow older, stay healthy, vital and connected to life? This lecture will deal with some of the latest research in the field of gerontology that addresses who ages well and why. What can women do now to prepare for their senior years and make the most out of them? Shirlee Zane, M.A., MFCC, is the Executive Director for the Sonoma County Council on Aging. Ms. Zane was awarded the Community Service Award in Education from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County for her work in the Latino community.
Sept. 30 Birth Control Options, 2003.
What alternatives are available in birth control and how can we evaluate which ones are best for each woman? SSU Health Center staff will discuss the variety of birth control options available at the health center as well as others.Toni Boracchia, RN and Cyndie Renfrew, FNP of the SSU Health Center.
Oct. 7 Positively Speaking: Getting real about HIV.
What are the key issues in HIV/AIDS for women? This presentation will provide up-to-date information regarding HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as some personal connections. Eric Acuna, Health Information Specialist, County of Sonoma Department of Health Services.
Oct. 14 and 21 Seven Steps to Intuitive Eating and Natural Weight.
How do women learn to eat healthfully? This two week presentation will be a practical guide to knowing what, when and how much to eat for your individual needs, and to decoding the symbolic meanings in eating, food cravings, and body language. Barbara Birsinger is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with over 24 years of experience in the psychology of eating and weight issues, intuitive nutrition and health promotion.
Oct. 28 Sour Sugar: Diabetes among Dine (Navajo) Women.
This presentation will explore how shifts in domestic roles --specifically, who does the majority of the cooking -- may afford a beneficial effect for Dine (Navajo) women living with type II diabetes. The talk will include both first-person accounts as well as survey findings.Carolyn Epple is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at SSU.
Nov. 4 Breaking the Intimidation Game: Self Defense and Survival.
Like the Sword of Damocles, the fear of rape hangs over women's heads their entire lifetime. A group of women leaving a gathering at night going to their cars is reminiscent of a flock of scared chickens. Why are women so fearful? Because they have internalized their fear and do not know how to protect themselves from violence-they lack power and control over their own lives. Breaking the intimidation game gives women a very powerful gift-the gift of personal power and freedom.Judith Fein, Ph.D., black belt in T'ae k'won do and author of three books on self-defense has conducted self-defense programs since 1975. Dr. Fein is the founder of The EVOLVE Institute for Violence Prevention and conducts classes in self-defense at Sonoma State University.
Nov. 11 Women, Alcohol and Drugs.
Women may have unique phsyiological responses to alcohol and drugs. This lecture will describe how societal pressures influence the choices women make. Tammy Cotter is Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Specialist at SSU.
Nov. 18 The Five Components of Successful Cancer Recovery.
This lecture will address utilizing a support network, traditional and non-traditional treatments, attitude, faith based healing in community and goal setting for optimal recovery. Deborah Corner Newell, MA, MFT, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma five years ago. During her third hospitalization she decided to realize a dream and began granting wishes as "Glinda the Good Witch" as a way to express gratitude for recovery. Glinda lectures widely on the topic of cancer recovery in full costume and grants wishes as part of her presentation.
Dec. 2 Choices in Childbirth.
What are the possibilities for a safe and meaningful childbirth experience? Two doulas will discuss emotional, physical and informational support during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as advocacy as needed with hospital staff.Humm Berreyesa and Melanie Campbell are childbirth educators, certified doulas and birth advocates in Sonoma County.