How can I communicate about what I want and don't want?
What can I do to improve my sexual health?
How can social identities shape our sexuality?
Find the answers to these and other questions at Sexpertise 2015!
Sexpertise is a three-day conference from February 10th to 12th, 2015. It engages students, faculty, staff, and community members in discussion and learning about sexuality and relationships. Through a diverse group of sessions, we'll explore topics of interest to the campus community. All of our sessions are free and open to the public!
All sessions will start on Michigan time (10 minutes after the posted time.)
Tuesday, February 10
Hussey Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Keynote Event: Undoing a Culture of Violence
Consider the ways we talk and learn about sex – do our words show respect for people? Do media messages condone or judge certain sexual behaviors? How could our communication be shaping what we think is normal - including violence? In this keynote address, Chinyere Neale, Director of Global Health Student Programs at the U-M School of Public Health and AASECT Trained Sexuality Educator, will lead participants in an exploration of the cultural norms that shape our thinking about sex and sexual violence, and will help us imagine a world without sexual assault.
7:30 - 8:30 PM: Gay Men of Color and the State
Join a panel of speakers from the U-M Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (SexLab) as they explore how the government and other political entities have reproduced and reinforced sexual risk for LGBTQ people of color. Learn about the structural determinants of health associated with sexual risk behavior, and how to foster community-building and empowerment to eliminate sexual health disparities among LGBTQ people of color.
8:30 - 9:30 PM: Sexy Supplies
Join Beth Karmeisool, MPH, owner of Ann Arbor’s local, independent S3 Safe Sex Store to explore pleasure and sexual health in a fun and interactive workshop. Find answers to your questions about sex play and learn how to select the supplies that are right for you – whether on your own or with partners.
Wednesday, February 11
Koessler Room, 3rd Floor, Michigan League
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Sex Under the Microscope: A Primer in Sexuality Research
Why do people have sex? How do people feel about sex? What influences our sexual behavior? If you’ve ever wondered how scientists work to answer questions about sex, then join Katy Goldey, a U-M doctoral candidate in Biopsychology, as she discusses sexuality research techniques. She’ll also describe how findings make their way to the general public, and how labs here at the U are studying biology, relationships, and other aspects of sex!
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Mobile Love
Sexting, Snapchat, Tinder - romance has never been more techy! Join Dr. Jose Bauermeister, Director of the U-M Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (SexLab) and John G. Searle Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education at the U-M School of Public Health, as he talks about love, relationships and dating in our modern world. Explore the pros and cons of online dating, current research findings, and how technology has played a role in our thoughts and beliefs about love, sex, and dating.
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Speak Up in the Sack!
You’ve heard it a million times – good communication is the key to good sex. But what does that mean? If you want to strengthen your sexy-talk skills, join Laura McAndrew, MPH, Sexual Health Educator at UHS Wolverine Wellness, to clarify what it is that you want (both in and out of the bedroom) and how to share it confidently with current or future partners.
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Kink for Beginners
Thinking of getting acquainted with kink, or curious about BDSM? Start here to learn about safety, communication, and other tips, led by U-M MPH Candidates Emma Sell-Goodhand and Erica Concors. Participants will learn about basic kink concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate new experiences.
Thursday, February 12
Michigan Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Pleasure, Positions, & Partners
Sexual tastes evolve over a lifetime – we just have to know how to tap into them! Join Sallie Foley, LMSW, for an exploration of pleasure – including everything from understanding what you like to spicing up partnered sex. Sallie is an AASECT-certified sex therapist, sex educator, and sex therapy supervisor, and author of Sex Matters For Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self. Don’t miss this opportunity for recommendations on positions, techniques, and resources from a renowned expert!
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Sex in the Media
Images of sex and relationships in the media can dramatically influence our expectations. This session will broadly examine the representation, regulation, distribution and consumption of sexuality in moving image media. Dr. Candace Moore, Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies and instructor in Screen Arts & Cultures, will help participants dissect the messages we see every day. Participants will gain a deeper skill set in media literacy.
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Quickies: Short Talks on LGBTQ Health Disparities
In our very own version of TED talks, the U-M Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (SexLab) presents a series of 15-minute talks on sexual health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people of color. Participants will gain an overview of health disparities while diving into specific health issues, such as access to reproductive health services and police brutality, which impact the sexual health and lives of LGBTQ people of color.
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Sex in the Dark: Anonymous Q&A with Sexperteam
You’ve got questions? Sexperteam has answers! Join us for a lights-out, totally anonymous opportunity to ask your sex and dating questions to our panel of sexual health peer educators. Everyone in attendance gets glow jewelry!
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