Let's talk about it

Schedule

(Download printable version.)

Sun, March 2

Mon, March 3

Tues, March 4

Wed, March 5

Thurs, March 6

Fri, March 7

2:30pm, I-House:
My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard: Aphrodisiac Cooking Class

10-2pm, UC 237:
STI Testing

Noon, UC 226:
Gender Theory 101

10am-3:30pm, Hodges 252:
TED Talks Marathon

11am, Toyota Aud:
Afternoon Delight: A Discussion About Politics and Policy in Tennessee

12:30pm, Toyota Aud:
Middle East & Sexuality

5:00pm, UC Aud:
Stay the Night: Hook-Up Culture, Reid Mihalko

Noon, UC 227:
Who Runs the World?! Girls: Women's Health

2pm, UC 226:
Can't Touch This: Abstinence

Noon, UC Crest
Sexual Assault Roundtable

2:00pm, UC 227
Calling Dr. Love: Ask a (S)expert!, Tristan Taormino

2:00pm, Law School Room 132:
The Right Kind of Wrong: Sex & the Law

7:00pm, UC Shiloh:
Sexy Oscars Party

1:30pm, Hodges 213:
War, Sexuality, & Aggression

3:30pm, UC Shiloh:
Ars Erotica: Pornography Then and Now, Dr. Erin & Robert Darby

2pm, UC 221:
Transgender Sexuality

4:00pm, Toyota Aud:
Longterm Intimacy: Commitment & Sex

6-9pm, Gallery 1010
"The World We Love In: Understanding Sexual Identity" Art Show

3:30pm, Hodges Aud:
Birds Did It, Bees Did It: History of Sex, Dr. Lynn Sacco

5pm, UC Shiloh:
Sheila Ki Jawani: Cross-Cultural Sexuality

4:00pm, UC 223-224:
I Wanna Dance with Somebody: Relationship Workshop, Dr. Lindsey Doe

6:30pm, UC Aud:
Sweet Talkin' Son of a Preacher Man: Religion and Sexuality Panel

7pm, Toyota Aud:
Poetic Justice: Poetry Slam

5:30pm, UC Aud:
Don't Blame It On the Alcohol: Communication, Consent, & Sexual Assault Prevention, Reid Mihalko

6pm, UC Ballroom:
Suck it, Trebek: Sex Trivia and Pizza

6pm, Buehler 555:
We Can't Stop: Orgasms & Masturbation, Dr. Lindsey Doe

7pm, Cox Aud:
Jamar Rogers Concert

8:00pm, UC Aud:
Get Wet: Exploring the Connections Between Sexual Pleasure, Health, & Advocacy, Megan Andelloux

8pm, UC Ballroom:
Sexploration: Boys, Girls, I Can't Help It, Megan Andelloux

8pm, Buehler 555:
Centerfold: Pornography--the Ethics & Politics of Producing Pleasure, Tristan Taormino

9pm, UC Aud:
Lip Sync for Your Life: Drag Show with the Lambda Student Union

8:30pm, Humes:
Drop It Like It's Hot: Sex Week Dance Class


The events on the following schedule are color-coded in the following categories: topic speakers & panels, , and seminars & series. The symbols to the left of events stand for health (H), pleasure (P), and empowerment (E). Events with an asterick (*) to the left indicate that food will be served at the event.

Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 E

RENT

Jan 30-Feb 2, Lab Theater, Performances at 8pm Jan 30 through Feb 1st and performances at 2:30pm Feb 1st and 2nd

This Tony Award winning musical addresses the impact of AIDS on a group of artists in New York City. Examining issues of sexuality from multiple perspectives, Rent tells a heart-wrenching story of disease, death, and love. Come watch what promises to be a stellar performance by the best talent at UT, and find out why you should "measure your life in love."

Feb. 26 E

Promotional Film: For Colored Girls

7:30pm, UC Auditorium

Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, and others explore different issues that impact women and women of color in particular. HIV, rape, abortions, infidelity, and sexual orientation are all addressed.

March 2-7 E

The AIDS Quilt

Ten large panels of the famous AIDS Quilt will be located in various spots on campus for public viewing. Each contains several stories of those who have suffered through AIDS and the experiences of their families.

H

Health Testing and Tabling

Several local health groups will be on campus during Sex Week to provide free STI and HIV testing with health consultation.

H, E

Condom Scavenger Hunt

Back from last year, the condom scavenger hunt encourages safe sex and adds a layer of competition to Sex Week. The golden condom will be hidden on campus, and sexual health clues will guide the way to its location. The winner will get a prize.

Sunday March 2 P, E *

My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard: Aphrodisiac Cooking Class

2:30pm, I-House

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, because Sex Week will be spicing it up over the stove. Even though "science" says aphrodisiacs are not real, sign up to be a part of our cooking class. It will be led by peers and by some local chefs. Learn the secrets to a sensual meal.

P, E

Stay the Night: Hook-Up Culture, Reid Mihalko

5:00pm, UC Auditorium

Should I stay, or should I go? We often ask ourselves when it's clear we're doing more than just "hanging out." Reid Mihalko will speak on hook-up culture, including the impacts on health and the influence of social media. How do you make sure that you're hooking up in the way you feel most comfortable? He will discuss why we 'hook up' and what role hooking up plays in campus life.

*

Sexy Oscars Party

7:00pm, UC Shiloh Room

Unfortunately, Sex Week & The Oscars are competing for your love this year! Solution: Host our own Oscars party right after our kick-off event! Come dressed as your favorite character in a nominated film or have the most accurate Oscar predictions and win a prize! There will be snacks and a red carpet.

Monday March 3 H *

Who Runs the World?! Girls: Women's Health

Noon, UC 227

Health professionals will give a comprehensive presentation on women's health. This event also welcomes men. The topics of birth control, periods, HPV vaccines, ob/gyn care, STIs, and more will be covered.

E

War, Sexuality, & Aggression

1:30pm, Hodges Room 213

Dr. Tricia Hepner of the University of Tennessee will talk about sexual assault as a tool of war. She will address temporary shifts in culture during times of war and what that means for the soldiers in war and the civilian victims of war.

E

Birds Did It, Bees Did It: History of Sex, Dr. Lynn Sacco

3:30pm, Hodges Auditorium

A brief history of sexuality, including the dominant beliefs and practices throughout many cultures in time and the debunking of many of the myths about sex. The History of Sex event will survey major events in the history of human sexuality: sex in Greek and Roman societies, harems, Victorian-era sexuality, WWII, sexual revolution, LGBTQ movements and more! The event will explain how sex has influenced history and changed the world in many ways and will answer the question: they used what as condoms back then?!

H, E

Don't Blame It On the Alcohol: Communication, Consent, & Sexual Assault Prevention, Reid Mihalko

5:30pm, UC Auditorium

Know what YOU want and get just that! This event will teach you how to communicate, especially in difficult situations when drugs or alcohol may be involved. Consent and sexual assault will be defined in all its forms. This event will cover the legal procedures and ramifications of sexual assault and the role of Title IX on college campuses. We will discuss everything from prevention to responding to assault. There will be room for questions from the audience. Reid Mihalko will open the event with consent and prevention, and professionals from the health and legal fields will offer detailed advice.

H, P, E

Get Wet: Exploring the Connections Between Sexual Pleasure, Health, & Advocacy, Megan Andelloux

8:00pm, UC Auditorium

When is an orgasm a political act? When is lube a tool of the revolution? Megan will demonstrate how three components of sexuality - pleasure, health, and advocacy - flow into one another as we explore a variety of topics centered on reproductive justice and sexual freedom. Get ready for a wild ride into the slippery world of sexuality and politics! Megan will teach you which sexual health issues are involved in back-door lovin', why you should care about sex workers' rights, and how you can defend your own sexual freedom through self-love. Through interactive discussion about everything from contraceptive options and LGBTQ issues to pornography and the human body, you will get a chance to examine the connections among all these hot-button topics and more.

Tuesday March 4 E *

Gender Theory 101

Noon, UC 226

Feminism, queer, masculinity, femme, butch, post-modern, Judith Butler, Simone de Beauvoir...heard these terms and names tossed around and never really understood? Or maybe you know the terms, but want to brush up on your gender theory basics? We'll learn the basics and have open discussion of gender theory over lunch.

H, E

Can't Touch This: Abstinence

2pm, UC 226

SEAT believes abstinence is a legitimate choice. This panel will discuss the different definitions of abstinence, how to make your decision, and how to explain your decision to others.

E

Ars Erotica: Pornography Then and Now, Dr. Erin & Robert Darby

3:30pm, UC Shiloh Room

Dr. Erin Darby in Religious Studies & Dr. Robert Darby in Art will lead this seminar. The age of the internet has ushered in both unprecedented access to erotic imagery and renewed attempts to censor the cultural inroads of such images, as indicated by the proliferation of cryptic acronyms meant to protect society from NSFW/NC-17/AO imagery. With widespread viewing of pornographic materials, modern people may assume that their definition of pornography applies to any image of human nudity or sexuality, without realizing that this classification depends on cultural context and time period. This seminar will explore a series of "erotic images" from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome and compare them with modern notions of pornography in order to explore the ways erotic images are defined, not by a set of timeless taboos, but by their social context.

E

Sheila Ki Jawani: Cross-Cultural Sexuality

5pm, UC Shiloh Room

There will be four to five faculty representatives on this panel discussing differing sexual norms in other cultures and nations. We will represent Western nations, African nations, South Asian nations, Middle Eastern nations, and Latino nations.

H, E *

Suck it, Trebek: Sex Trivia and Pizza

6pm, UC Ballroom

Shove in a couple slices of pizza and spit out your answers at Sex Trivia and Pizza. Questions will challenge you and your team's knowledge of issues surrounding health and sexuality.

H, P, E

Sexploration: Boys, Girls, I Can't Help It, Megan Andelloux

8pm, UC Ballroom

Megan Andelloux will lead a talk on exploring your sexuality, whether you identify as straight or LGBTQ. This will include the Kinsey Scale and all orientations between straight and gay. People believe that the straight orientation is the majority, but the Kinsey Institute's research shows that only about 10% of people fall in the categories of heterosexual and homosexual. The majority of people have other sexual experiences, regardless of how one chooses to identify.

H, E

Drop It Like It's Hot: Sex Week Dance Class

8:30pm, Humes Hall West Multipurpose Room

Sex Week is partnering with a dance instructor to teach some basic hip hop steps. This is for anyone with beginner to advanced experience.

Wednesday March 5 H, E *

TED Talks Marathon

10am-3:30pm, Hodges Room 252

A day-long marathon of TED Talks relevant to sex, sexuality, gender, and relationships, where students can come and go as they please. There will be snacks.

H, E *

Sexual Assault Roundtable

Noon, UC Crest Room

A repeat of one of last year's most successful and intimate events. Students, staff, and faculty will be invited to discuss sexual assault at UTK and solutions to the problem. Representatives from The Knox Co Health Department and The East TN Sexual Assault Center will be present to lead the discussion and serve as experts. This event will remain confidential.

E

Transgender Sexuality

2pm, UC 221

Sex can be a fraught issue for anyone, especially if they have difficult relationships with their bodies. This can be particularly true for transgender people. In this workshop, we'll explore and discuss some of the ways people experience and negotiate their relationships between their sexuality and their bodies, with a focus upon trans* bodies and sexualities.

P, E

I Wanna Dance with Somebody: Relationship Workshop, Dr. Lindsey Doe

4:00pm, UC 223-224

There are the friends that have been in a steady relationship since high school, and there are the friends that have a new squeeze every three weeks. The rest of us sit in our room, binging on Netflix and chocolate, praying for Ryan Gosling or Mila Kunis and fantasizing about beards. Dr. Lindsey Doe will offer her advice on maintaining healthy, consensual, and rewarding relationships. She will discuss the role sexuality can play in the complex relationship equation and what constitutes a "happy relationship." Bring a friend, roommate, or your partner for this workshop! Don't worry if you can't find someone to accompany you!

P, E

We Can't Stop: Orgasms & Masturbation, Dr. Lindsey Doe

6pm, Buehler 555

What happens to your body during an orgasm? How do you have an orgasm or help your partner have an orgasm? How do you masturbate? Dr. Lindsey Doe will give us all a hand on this often frustrating topic.

P, E

Centerfold: Pornography--the Ethics & Politics of Producing Pleasure, Tristan Taormino

8pm, Buehler 555

Can porn be ethical? What is 'good' porn? Award-winning author and director Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer. Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera and what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions. She will share her definition of feminist porn (as a growing genre, industry, and movement), what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the mainstream adult industry. As "reality" and representation collide around issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class in pornography, Tristan will argue that feminists must disrupt normative depictions in the medium and create new kinds of imagery. She'll discuss the role consumers play in the movement, how internet economies have shifted the industry, and why she thinks anti-porn feminists haven't watched enough porn. Since Tennessee is one of the top ten porn-viewing states, this event will encourage a serious discussion on porn, a phenomena of sexuality that plays a much bigger role in our lives than we realize. This event is partly sponsored by Good Vibrations.

Thursday March 6 H, E *

Afternoon Delight: A Discussion About Politics and Policy in Tennessee

11am, Toyota Auditorium Baker Center

Skip breakfast this morning and join us for a good ole fashioned country brunch. Bring your appetite and your thinking cap. We will be enjoying food, encouraging discussion among the tables, and inciting debate on the hot topics surrounding sexuality specific to Tennessee. I gotta hunch that the debate will be as hot as the breakfast casserole.

H, P, E

Calling Dr. Love: Ask a (S)expert!, Tristan Taormino

2:00pm, UC 227

Tristan Taormino is an author, columnist, sex educator, speaker, porn actress, and filmmaker. She has spoken at Harvard, Brown, and Yale. She will be available to all to answer ANY question you have about sex, sexuality, and gender. You will be able to enter your questions anonymously. This event is partly sponsored by Good Vibrations.

H, E

Longterm Intimacy: Commitment & Sex

4:00pm, Toyota Auditorium

Hear Darryl Rasnake speak about sex within the terms of a committed relationship. This event is paid by and co-sponsored by Cru. Darryl Rasnake is coming from a perspective of marriage and will discuss how to have a healthy sex life within the structure of a committed relationship. He will go over topics of vulnerability and communication, including tangible topics like how to understand your partner's needs in the bedroom.

E

Sweet Talkin' Son of a Preacher Man: Religion and Sexuality Panel

6:30pm, UC Auditorium

The most popular panel from Sex Week 2013 is back this year. Faith, religion, and spirituality often play a significant role in the expression - or lack thereof - of sexual identity. Sex Week has put together a panel of religious leaders, coming from many different backgrounds, to discuss how sex and gender are treated according to their religion.

E

Jamar Rogers Concert

7pm, Cox Auditorium

This talented star from The Voice will be singing and talking about faith, hope, and facing HIV/AIDS.

E

Lip Sync for Your Life: Drag Show with the Lambda Student Union

9pm, UC Auditorium

The most popular event at Sex Week 2013 is back for Sex Week 2014. The drag show, which is put on by the Lambda Student Union annually, gives LGBTQ students at the University of Tennessee a chance to showcase their sexuality and feel proud of who they are. The show fosters an open-minded environment that allows students of all sexual orientations to challenge gender roles. Come see locally famous queens VaCeline Dion and Anastasia Alexander and many others strut their stuff across the stage.

Friday March 7 E *

Middle East & Sexuality

12:30pm, Toyota Auditorium

The Middle East is a region often misunderstood, especially when it comes to sexuality and gender relations. We will discuss sex and gender in this region over Middle Eastern food. The luncheon will address what Islam, the major religion in the region, really teaches about sex and gender and how those teachings play out in Middle-Eastern culture at large. However, the talk will emphasize the region's national and religious diversity and the intersectionality between religion and culture, including a look at how Middle Easterners and Arabs of different religions are influenced by sexual and gender norms in the Arab World.

E

The Right Kind of Wrong: Sex & the Law

2:00pm, Room 132 in UT Law School

This panel, moderated by Joan Heminway, will discuss the legal treatment of gender, sex, and sexuality. What is the future of gay marriage? Is workplace gender discrimination still an issue? How do we include transgender rights into a legal system that is so binarily gender constructed? Get answers to these questions and more from the University of Tennessee College of Law professors and local practicing attorneys.

E *

"The World We Love In: Understanding Sexual Identity" Art Show

6-9pm, Gallery 1010 on First Friday

Sex Week is partnering with Gallery 1010 for this art show downtown. In The World We Love In: Understanding Sexual Identity, UTK artists explore the creation of sexual identity. We all have a sexual identity, thoughts, desires, attractions, and values that are unique. But there is a big wide world out there that also shapes and impacts our sexuality. What does it mean, for example, to be queer in the conservative South? How do our views about gender or religion affect our sexuality? UT artists investigate the impact that influences such as religion, culture, family values, sex education, and pop culture, have on our understanding of our sexual identity. The goal of this exhibition is to jumpstart mature conversation regarding the development of a healthy sense of sexuality and therefore safe sex practices.

E

Poetic Justice: Poetry Slam

7pm, Toyota Auditorium Baker Center

Whip up your best rhyme, loosen your lips, fire up your feelings, and sling the best slam you've got. Whether you are a private poet, emerging artist, or professional poet, come share your thoughts on sex, sexuality, relationships, and gender. There will be structured performances by local slam poets I.N.K. and an open mic.