Sexual & Social Liberation: Connecting Our Pleasure to Our Power
Opening Plenary | Thursday, June 13, 2019
As we work to imagine and build a more liberated world, we are tasked with deconstructing external and internal oppressive ways of being. We exist in a culture that sends us daily messages that we are less than, should feel ashamed to be our authentic selves, to operate in competition instead of collaboration, that institutional violence and exploitation are the norm, and that we are not powerful enough to actualize liberation. These messages are also internalized, normalized, and perpetuated through our intrapersonal and interpersonal interactions. Through unpacking and challenging the ways that we’ve been separated from our authentic selves, our most loving and erotic selves, our most liberated selves, we will begin to identify how pleasure can serve as a pathway to sexual and social liberation.
Engaging Diversity Plenary | Friday, June 14, 2019
Robin Wilson-Beattie is a disability and sexuality health educator and writer, teaching the world to embrace and explore your sexuality, regardless of ability. She is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and a certified graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI).
Robin has been involved in sexuality education and awareness since high school. After acquiring a physical disability, she began in 2008 speaking on sexuality and disability topics and issues. She consults with individuals and organizations on issues of adaptive sexual support, and has had written articles and curriculum on this subject. Robin is a nationally recognized self and systems disability advocate. She is a deep-fried Southern girl, Sex Geek, comic book nerd, mid-century buff, and proud Mama of one amazing daughter. Follow Robin on Twitter @SexAbled, or like sexAbled on Facebook.
Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD, MPH
Whipple Plenary | Friday, June 14, 2019
Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel teaches and generates new knowledge in the area of public health as an Associate Professor at The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative. The long-term goal of her research trajectory is to understand how people’s intimate relationships are impacted by sexual and/or maternal objectification. Dr. Jawed-Wessel’s teachings utilize a sex-positive and pleasure inclusive approach to providing medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education to undergraduate students as well as in the local Omaha community. Dr. Jawed-Wessel also fights for women’s rights and reproductive justice and has successfully argued in favor of comprehensive sex education in Omaha Public Schools. She is a 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans recipient as well as a 2017 Women’s Center for Advancement Tribute to Women Honoree and received the 2017 Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Achievement Award. Her 2016 TEDxOmaha talk “The lies we tell pregnant women” was promoted by TED.com and has being viewed over 3 million times.
Schiller Plenary | Saturday, June 15, 2019
Stella Resnick, PhD, CST, CSTS
Awards Luncheon Plenary | Saturday, June 15, 2019
Dr. Stella Resnick, PhD is a clinical psychologist, speaker, seminar leader, and AASECT certified sex therapist, CE provider, and clinical supervisor in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She trains, mentors, and supervises therapists in Embodied Relational Sex Therapy (ERST), her full-spectrum neurobiological-Gestalt approach integrating individual, couples and sex therapy. Her latest book is Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology.