2018 Convening

Healthy and Free Tennessee hosted our 2nd annual statewide convening on October 5-6, 2018 in Nashville, TN at Tennessee State University. Our statewide convening is a gathering for progressives that centers reproductive freedom and movement building in Tennessee. 

This year, the theme was "Claiming Our Power: Autonomy, Dignity, and Health for All Bodies." 

Speakers and Bios
Lodging and Meals

Convening Schedule 

Schedule for Friday, October 5th

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

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
Breakout Sessions 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Lunch + Keynote Address Dr. Willie Parker 12:45-1:45 PM
Breakout Sessions 1:45-3:00 PM
Break 3:00-3:15 PM
Breakout Sessions 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
Pre-Conference Workshop
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.

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