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#MeToo Conference

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April 2, 2019

April 19-21, 2019 #MeToo Awareness: Gender, Health & Justice

#MeToo Awareness:

Gender, Health and Justice

April 19-21, 2019

Duluth, Minnesota

Sponsored and hosted by:
The Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
The Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology Department
The Women’s Resource & Action Center
The College of Liberal Arts
The Alworth Institute and
The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus

Friday, April 19

Opening Reception 4:00-6:00

The Boat Club in Fitger’s Complex

Reception, performance by Sing! A Women’s Chorus,

and a presentation from Dr. Sneja Gunew (University of British Columbia)

"Intimate Violence: Affective Translation Inside and Outside Language”

Sneja Gunew (FRSC) B.A. (Melbourne), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Newcastle, NSW) has taught in England, Australia and Canada. She has published widely on multicultural, postcolonial and feminist critical theory and is Professor Emerita of English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was Director of the Centre for Research in Women's and Gender Studies (2002-7) and North American editor of Feminist Theory (Sage) 2006-10.

Based in Canada since 1993, her current work is on comparative multiculturalisms and diasporic literatures and their intersections with national and global cultural formations. Her most recent book is titled: Post-Multicultural Writers as Neo-Cosmopolitan Mediators (Anthem 2017).

Saturday, April 20

9:00AM - 4:00PM, UMD Kirby Rafters

WRAC will have sexual assault advocates on-site

8:30-9:00 Check in

Coffee and Bagels provided

9:00-9:10 Welcome from Dr. Devaleena Das (UMD WGSS Faculty and conference organizer) and Dr. Jason Ford (Associate Dean of CLA)

9:10- 9:30 "Triggers and Somatic Experiencing"

Dr. Mitra Emad (UMD) and Dr. Beth Bartlett (UMD)

9:30-10:20  “Criminal Justice and Legal Responses to Sexual Assault”

(moderated by Dr. Jacki Buffington, UMD)

Panelists: Mary Faulker, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Site Coordinator, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault; Judge Shaun R. Floerke, Sixth Judicial District; Elizabeth Polling, Assistant Public Defender, Sixth Judicial District; Jonathan Holets, Assistant County Attorney, St. Louis County.

10:30-11:20 “Healthcare and Sexual Violence”

(moderated by Dr. Jen Pearson, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and Dr. Michele Statz, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus)

Panelists: Alisha Blazevic, RN, Certified sexual assault nurse examiner, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA); Rick Valento, MSEd, LPCC, Program Manager for Trauma and Child Outreach, First Witness; Dr. Cathy McCarty, PhD, Ethicist and Dean of Research at University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus and Interim Chair of Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health;

Dr. Margaret Saracino, MD, Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Human Development Center; Susana Pelayo-Woodward, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Minnesota Duluth

11:30 - 12:20 “#MeToo Media Forum"

(moderated by Dr. David Beard, UMD)

A Discussion with Dr. Christina R. Pinkston (Norfolk State University) and Dr. Elizabethada A. Wright (UMD)

12:30 - 1:20 Lunch (provided)

Sub-sandwiches and soup. Vegetarian options plentiful, vegan options available.

1:30-2:20  "Prevention of Sexual Assault and Advocacy on College Campuses"

(moderated by Susana Pelayo Woodward, UMD)

Panelists: Erin Naughton, Volunteer Coordinator, Program for  Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault; Carly Madden, Student Intern and PAVSA Advocate, UMD Women’s Resource & Action Center; Michelle Ruszat, Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator, College of St. Scholastica

2:30 - 3:20 “Dismantling Rape Culture”

(moderated by Dr. David Beard, UMD)

A Discussion with Dr. Scott Vollum (UMD) and Dr. Tammy Garland (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

3:30 - 4:00 "The next steps: A concluding exercise for conference attendees"

(facilitated by Dr. Emily Gaarder, UMD)

Sunday, April 21

10:00Am Restorative Yin Yoga

At Duluth Yoga (14 East St. Marie Street, Duluth)

(Led by Dr. Chloe Diamond Lenow, UMD WGSS Faculty and Certified Yoga Instructor)

The class is donation-based and all proceeds will go directly to PAVSA.  

The class is accessible to students of all levels and bodies (great for folks with injuries!).  Wear anything that is comfortable and lets you move. We have 30 extra mats at DY so we will also have mats for people free to rent. Chloe will use "consent chips" so participants can opt in/out of receiving hands on assists for each pose.