Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
May 30, 2003
Guelph sex conference celebrates 25th anniversary
The 25th annual Conference on Human Sexuality runs June 9 to 18 at the University of Guelph. Since its inception in 1979, the conference has been recognized as Canada's leading annual training and education forum for sexual health professionals.
Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
"Sexual Science: Looking Back, Moving Forward." The keynote address will look at some of the major findings and political controversies of the past quarter-century of research and establish a context for discussion of the future of sex research.
Tuesday, June 17
Personal stories panel, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
"Reflections on Lesbian and Gay Sexuality in Canada." Panel members will share their personal stories of the legal, political and social changes they have faced.
"Internet Pornography." An exploration of sexually explicit material on the Internet and its impact on users.
"Beyond the Binaries: Getting Messy with Sex and Gender." A workshop that looks at the histories and geographies of sex and gender led by a genderqueer.
"Challenging Convention: Lesbians/Gay Men Creating Families." This interactive presentation will explore commonly held ideas about the impact on children growing up in lesbian/gay households, experiences of non-biological parents, and the current legal framework and debates.
"The Fertility Awareness Method: The Best-Kept Secret in Women's Health." This session will dispel the myths surrounding the natural Fertility Awareness Method (FAM): an effective, scientifically validated, pro-choice birth control method, which is not to be confused with the rhythm method.
Plenary address, 9 a.m.
"Shaken Clear Down to the Core: Lessons Learned in Research Across Cultures." A presentation reflecting on research in sexuality with a look at studies in other countries and cultures.
"The Soul Wound of Native Peoples: Exploring the Link Between Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence and Residential Boarding Schools." This presentation will look at the history of federal residential boarding schools forced on the Peoples of the First Nations.
"Tough 'n' Talkin': A Program Designed to Help At-Risk' Young Men Develop Positive Relationship Skills." A workshop presenting interactive and innovative new approaches to helping "at-risk" young males develop positive social relationship skills.
"Dating...the Second Time Round." A dating primer for those working with clients who are re-entering the dating scene after the end of a long-term relationship.
25th-anniversary closing plenary, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
"Light and Shadow: Toward a Bright Future for Human Sexuality." This presentation examines how to overcome the impact of "compassion fatigue" faced by many sexual health professionals.
For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982.