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  • Friday, October 05, 2018 at 04:00 PM through October 06, 2018 · 19 rsvps

    2nd Annual Statewide Convening

    Healthy and Free Tennessee is excited to announce that our 2nd annual statewide convening will take place October 5-6, 2018 in Nashville, TN at Tennessee State University, Avon Williams Campus, 330 10th Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37203. The theme of this year's convening is "Claiming Our Power: Autonomy, Dignity, & Health for All Bodies."

    Register HERE
    Lodging and Meals
    Panels and Speakers
    List of Convening Sponsors

    Our statewide convening is a gathering for progressives that centers reproductive health, rights, and justice and movement building in Tennessee. Last year, our first convening brought together over 130 people from different parts of the state and country, and we were honored to have Loretta Ross as our keynote speaker. 

    This year's focus will center around our two primary campaigns that we are launching in 2018: Pregnancy Autonomy and Dignity (decriminalizing pregnancy outcomes) and Maternal Health. REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

    Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Willie Parker (pictured below), a Christian reproductive justice advocate, OB-GYN, abortion provider, one of the few doctors to provide abortion services to women in Mississippi and Alabama, and author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice (2017, Atria Books). His work as an abortion provider at the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi was featured in the 2016 documentary "Jackson."

    [Image description: Healthy and Free TN Logo—a “female” and “male” symbol linked together as a Venn diagram with three white stars on three shades of blue inside. Beside this reads “Healthy & Free Tennessee: working together for sexual health & reproductive freedom.” Below that is a box, blue on the left, white and gray on the right with details about the convening. A picture of Dr. Willie Parker, a black man with a bald head and closely shaved gray beard wearing a tux and purple bow ties, is on the right side. All of the writing is detailed above.]

    Pre-Conference Workshop "Exploring Your Erotic Self"

    We will also host a pre-conference workshop with Afrosexology. This pre-conference workshop will be followed by a pre-conference welcome reception with refreshments served from 6-8pm at TSU's Avon Williams campus in the Atrium on the 3rd floor. You do not have to attend the conference to attend this workshop. This workshop is open to the public. Parking is free for this event. Permits will be distributed to registrants. Scholarships for this workship are available to those for whom the $10 admission fee presents a barrier to attendance. Please contact briana@healthyandfreetn.org for information about scholarships.

    REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP HERE: https://exploring-your-erotic-self-with-afrosexology.eventbrite.com.

    This event is for women and people of color.


    Women’s sexual experiences and exploration has seemingly existed as a source of pleasure,
    power, and consumption of men. As a result, there are many stereotypes about how women
    should perform their sexuality which has also impacted feelings of body autonomy. Defining
    the erotic self strengthens the sexual voice and challenges “the do’s and don’ts” of women’s
    sexuality. From erotic literature to candlelit baths, explore what stimulates you and leads to
    the discovery of your authentic and most erotic self.

    By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Explore different forms of eroticism
    • Discover ways to get in tune with their erotic self
    • Create an Erotic Care Plan

    Afrosexology was birthed out of a desire to experience a more sex-positive Black community. One that encourages self agency & promotes love in regards to bodies, relationships, and sexualities. One that liberates from the sexual shame & policing inherited from generations of sexual & body oppression. One that follows in the tradition of Black sexual politics by seeking to rediscover & reclaim sexuality. Their mission is to educate, explore, and reclaim Black sexuality. Their vision is to promote Black self empowerment through sexual liberation. Read more about them on their website www.afrosexology.com.

    Schedule for Friday, October 5th

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring Your Erotic Self with Afrosexology 4:00-6:00 PM
    Welcome Reception with Refeshments 6:00-8:00 PM

    Tentative Schedule for Saturday October 6th

    Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks 9:00-9:15 AM
    Conference Plenary #1 9:15-10:15 AM
    Break 10:15-10:20 AM
    Conference Plenary #2 10:20-11:20 AM
    Break 11:20-11:30 AM
    Breakouts - 5 Presentation Options 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
    Lunch + Keynote Address Dr. Willie Parker 12:45-1:45 PM
    Breakouts - 5 Presentation Options 1:45-3:00 PM
    Break 3:00-3:15 PM
    Breakouts - 5 Presentation Options 3:15-4:30 PM
    Break 4:30-4:40 PM
    Presentation on HFTN's 2 Campaigns 4:40-5:20 PM
    Closing Remarks 5:20-5:30 PM