Nightwood is thrilled to expand the conversation beyond the walls of the theatre to discuss issues of consent, desire and sexuality in a gathering of experts and community in the Consent Event Symposium on October 15 from 1:00-4:00pm at Streetcar Crowsnest.
In a world where children and youth are exposed to sexual content via media and cellphones – and incidents of sexual assault and rape in social situations and on campus are all too prevalent, we need to have discussions around what constitutes consent and healthy sexual relationships. How do we speak to women and girls, men and boys about these issues?
Facilitated by Catherine Hernandez, and featuring a diverse group of experts and activists, the Symposium will engage participants with two panels – Get Consent and Sex Talk – along with a candid conversation with Consent Event playwrights Ellie Moon of Asking for It and Rose Napoli of Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells).
Covering a multitude of perspectives, panelists for Get Consent include Deepa Mattoo, Director of Legal Services at Barbra Schlifer Clinic; Wendy De Souza, ReAct Youth Program Coordinator at METRAC; Carly Boyce, MSW, a freelance facilitator working in the areas of body autonomy, queer sexual health, trauma and consent; and Alexander Waddling, grassroots organizer engaging young men and boys on gender equality issues, and founder of Ride For A Dream. Matched with this, our Sex Talk panel explores human relationships from a sex-positive perspective. Panelists include: award-winning speaker Dr. Jessica O’Reilly (Dr. Jess), sexologist; Carlyle Jansen, Founder of Good for Her; and Andrew Gurza, host of Disability After Dark, shining light on Sex and Disability.
These potent conversations will be captured visually by artist and illustrator, Izzy Treyvaud, while therapist Alexia Dyerwill be on hand to offer support to attendees during the event.