Speakers

Lori Adelman
Communications Program Assistant, International Women’s Health Coalition
Contributor, Feministing.com

Lori Adelman is a writer, blogger, and advocate for women’s health and rights internationally. Since 2009 she has served in the Communications Program at the International Women’s Health Coalition, where she develops and implements communications strategies to influence international policy and build local capacity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is also a regular contributor at Feministing.com and at the New York Times blog The Local, where she explores her experiences as a “Feminist in Fort Greene”. Prior to joining IWHC, Lori worked in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch in New York, where she lent support to a U.S. tour that raised awareness about the obstruction of access to legal abortion after rape in Mexico. Lori holds a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University. 

Lux Alptraum
Editor, Fleshbot

Lux Alptraum, also known as Lux Nightmare, is a writer and sex educator currently serving as editor for Fleshbot, the web’s foremost blog about sexuality and adult entertainment, and as a contributor to the Sundance Channel’s Sunfiltered blog. Prior to working at Fleshbot, she worked as a sex educator at an adolescent pregnancy prevention program, an HIV pretest counselor, and founded ThatStrangeGirl, an alternative porn site. Her writing has appeared in Time Out New York, Bizarre Magazine, BlackbookMag.com, Best Sex Writing 2008, and GOOD Magazine. She has spoken about sexuality, the internet, and adult entertainment at Yale University, NYU, Columbia University, SXSW, and New York City’s Museum of Sex.

Chloe Angyal
Contributor, Feministing.com

Chloe Angyal is a freelance writer and Contributor at Feministing. She is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in Sociology and co-founded Equal Writes, the university’s first feminist publication. At Feministing, Chloe runs the site’s weekly interview series, the Feministing Five. She also writes about gender in popular culture, body image and sexual assault, and especially enjoys writing Feministing’s romantic comedy review series. Chloe’s writing and commentary has appeared in The Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, Skirt Magazine and on Brian Lehrer Live. In her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga and shopping for used books.

Megara Bell
Founder & Director, Partners In Sex Education

Megara Bell has been teaching comprehensive sexuality education since 1999. She has taught in a variety of locations including public and private schools, state institutions, boys and girls clubs and other youth organizations. She is a regular presenter at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy annual conference, doing presentations on Sex Myths and Facts, Teaching Pregnancy Prevention to At-Risk Boys, and Teaching about STDs without resorting to fear-based methods.  She is the co-author of the companion curriculum to “Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives: HIV Prevention for At-Risk Girls” and is currently working on curricula addressing teen pregnancy and responsible parenting, and sexuality and Asperger’s Syndrome.  She formed Partners in Sex Education in 2006 in order to expand direct educational services to youth in Greater Boston.

Lena Chen
Women’s Events & Outreach Chair, Harvard College Queer Students & Allies
Blogger, Sex and the Ivy

Lena Chen is a senior sociology concentrator at Harvard College and has served two terms on the board of the Queer Students & Allies. In 2006, she started posting first-person accounts of her college experiences at SexAndTheIvy.com, which spurred campus discussion and media attention. She was subsequently featured in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Salon, and The New York Times, which described her as “a small Asian woman who ate every crumb of everything” in a poor attempt at a food-sex metaphor. Lena’s writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and The American Prospect, and she contributes regularly to Sex Really, a project of the National Campaign To Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy. She recently completed a senior thesis on the social construction of virginity and the evolution of sexual norms related to non-marital sex. She currently blogs about gender, sexuality, and feminism at The Ch!cktionary.

Sady Doyle
Editor In Chief, Tiger Beatdown

Sady Doyle is a blogger. She blogs at Tiger Beatdown! She has also blogged all over the Internet, really: For Bitch, for Salon’s Broadsheet, for Feministe, and the list goes on. She is noted for her obsessive interest in pop culture, her continual insistence that it all Means Something, her love of talking about sex and sexual misadventures, and how readily she will yell at you for slut-shaming.

Christian L. Garland
Co-Editor-in-Chief, H BOMB Magazine
Co-Chair, Harvard College Queer Students and Allies

Christian L. Garland is a fourth year student at Harvard College in the Committee on Degrees in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. He has served on the executive editorial board of H BOMB Magazine, Harvard College’s student-run arts and literature magazine devoted to issues of gender, sex, and sexuality, since the fall of 2008, and has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of H BOMB since May of 2009. Likewise, he has served on the executive board of the the Queer Students and Allies (formerly Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters’ Alliance) since May of 2008. He is currently working on his Senior Honors thesis, which examines the construction and sedimentation of an upper-middle-class gay, white, male identity from the late 1940s to the present. 

R. Marie Griffith, PhD
John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church History, Harvard Divinity School

R. Marie Griffith joined the Faculty of Divinity in 2009. She  was Professor of Religion at Princeton University, where she also served as director of the university’s Program in the Study of Women and Gender. She received her doctorate from Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion. Her first book, God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (University of California Press, 1997) established her as a pioneer in the study of modern evangelical women. A prolific author, her articles have appeared in, among other places, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Quarterly, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin. She was a Research Associate at Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program in 2002-03, when she worked on Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (University of California Press, 2004), which explores the religious underpinnings of the ideologies of the body that play a central role in American consumer culture. Her latest book project will examine sexuality debates in twentieth-century U.S. Christianity.

Elizabeth Janiak
Sexual Health Educator, Center For Wellness, Harvard University Health Services

Elizabeth Janiak is a Boston native and proud Harvard College alumna. A current student in the Maternal & Child Health Concentration at Harvard School of Public Health, Elizabeth holds an MA from New York University, where she studied structural barriers to sexual wellness in the contemporary United States. As a trainer and counselor at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Elizabeth worked with staff and volunteers to strengthen their understanding of clinical, cultural, and social aspects of sexual health. Her current work focuses on improving the quality of sexual healthcare delivery among underserved populations in Massachusetts. She is thrilled to be working with the Harvard community to promote sexual wellness.

Kathleen Kelly, PhD
Professor of English, Northeastern University

Kathleen Coyne Kelly is Professor of English at Northeastern University. She publishes on gender and sexuality in medieval literature as well as on films set in the Middle Ages. She is co-editor (with Marina Leslie) of Menacing Virgins: Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, co-editor (with Tison Pugh) of Queer Movie Medievalisms, and author of Performing Virginity and Testing Chastity in the Middle Ages.

Shelby Knox
Feminist Activist & Documentary Film Subject, "The Education of Shelby Knox"

Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. She has appeared on Today, the Daily Show, Hardball, and sat down with both Dr. Phil and Al Franken to discuss sex education, youth activism, and her varying states of virginity. She travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, doing trainings, workshops and civil disobedience in the name of reproductive justice and sexual health. She consults for the Girls Leadership Institute, Plan B and Trojan, among others. She’s has an essay in the recently published Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and RH Reality Check. Shelby lives in New York City, where she is working on a book about the fourth wave of feminist activism and plotting the revolution via Twitter, handle @ShelbyKnox.

Aida Esther Manduley
Chair, Brown University Queer Alliance
Chair, Brown University Sexual Health Education & Empowerment Council

Aida Esther Manduley ‘11 is a student and sexual freedom activist from Puerto Rico, double-concentrating in Comparative Literature (Spanish/English translation) and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Brown University. She volunteers with community organizations and works with a variety of on-campus groups, such as the Queer Alliance and the Sexual Health Education & Empowerment Council (both of which she chairs), to foster diversity and promote awareness of issues pertaining to gender, sex, and sexuality, as well as their varied intersections with other aspects of life and identity (e.g. language and ethnicity). Aside from this work, Aida is also part of the Brown University Activities Council and Zeta Delta Xi, a local co-ed fraternity.

Sarah Morton
Volunteer & President, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund

Sarah Morton has been volunteering with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund (EMA Fund) since 2007. The EMA Fund provides financial assistance for abortion care, advocates for increased MassHealth coverage of abortion, and is committed to increasing reproductive health care access for traditionally marginalized populations, including non-citizens. Sarah went to Dartmouth College and got her MA in English Literature at the University of Sussex. Her dissertation focused on defining intimacy between women. Sarah previously worked at GLAD and at the Prison Legal Assistance Project at Harvard Law School. Sarah is committed to thinking about the connections between abortion, homebirth, sex, c-sections, mommy-blogs, the prison-industrial complex, and the non-profit industrial complex. Virginity fits right in. You can follow her on twitter: @semorton.

Eva Rosenberg
Harvard College FemSex
Chair, Harvard University Trans Task Force

Ellyn Ruthstrom
President, Bisexual Resource Center

Ellyn Ruthstrom is the president of the Boston-based Bisexual Resource Center, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The BRC envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. For nine years, Ellyn was the editor of Bi Women, the national newsletter of the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. She’s been a poltical activist on many different issues for the past 30 years. She’s also a writer and editor and her work has been published in The Women’s Review of Books, The Billerico Project, The Review Review, and others.

Therese Shechter
Director/Writer/Producer, "How To Lose Your Virginity"

Therese Shechter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and activist whose films have screened on television, at film festivals and on college campuses all over the world. She’s currently making a documentary about society’s attitudes towards virginity called “How to Lose Your Virginity” and writes the blog "The American Virgin" on the same subject.

Therese attended Columbia College Film School in Chicago. Her previous documentaries include “I Was A Teenage Feminist,” which is probably screening at a women’s studies class near you, and the short “How I Learned to Speak Turkish,” about cultural cliches and female power. Therese was honored to be one of the filmmakers selected to take part in the Doc Lab Master Class at the 2008 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto. She writes about film, feminism and female sexuality for a variety of blogs and publications, and her production company Trixie Films is based in Brooklyn.