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Creating Cultures of Consent: A Guide for Parents and Educators--Dr. Laura McGuire in conversation with Donna Freitas

Event date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Charis welcomes Dr. Laura McGuire in conversation with Donna Freitas for a discussion of Creating Cultures of Consent: A Guide for Parents and Educators. With conversations about sexual violence, consent, and bodily autonomy dominating national conversations it can be easy to get lost in the onslaught of well-intended but often poorly executed messages. Through an exploration of research, scholarly expertise, and practical real-world application we can better formulate an understanding of what consent is, how we create consent cultures, and where the path forward lies.

This book is designed with both educators and parents in mind. The tools highlighted throughout help adults unlearn harmful narratives about consent, boundaries, and relationships so that they can begin their work internally through modeling and self-reflection. We then uncover what consent truly is and is not, how culture plays an integral role in interpersonal scripting, and how teaching consent as a life skill can look in and out of the classroom. By integrating the need for consent to be taught in schools and homes we build bridges between the spaces where children learn and create alliances in the often-daunting task of eradicating rape culture. This book is perfect for those already comfortable and familiar with this topic as well as those newer to understanding consent as a paradigm. Starting with a strong historical and research-informed foundation the book builds into action-oriented guidelines for conversations, curriculum, and community activism. This blended approach creates a guidebook that is unlike anything else on the market today.

Dr. Laura McGuire (they/she) is an internationally recognized consultant, survivor, researcher, seminarian, and author of the book Creating Cultures of Consent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). They are a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), Society of Professional Consultants, and are a member of numerous boards and committees. They are a graduate of The National Leaders Council and are currently a fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation where they are researching sexual medicine competency in provider care. Dr. McGuire lives in the United States, where they work as a full-time consultant and expert witness at The National Center for Equity and Agency.

Donna Freitas has written more than twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Among them are Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (Little, Brown, 2019), and Consent on Campus: A Manifesto (Oxford). Her debut novel for adults, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, which came out from Viking this April, will be published in 20 countries and languages over the course of this year. Donna has spoken at nearly two hundred colleges and universities about her nonfiction research and has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. She has appeared on radio and television, from NPR’s All Things Considered to The Today Show. She has been a professor at Boston University and Hofstra University and is currently a member of the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program. 

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Creating Cultures of Consent: A Guide for Parents and Educators Cover Image
$42.00
ISBN: 9781475850963
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - March 5th, 2021

With conversations about sexual violence, consent, and bodily autonomy dominating national conversations it can be easy to get lost in the onslaught of well-intended but often poorly executed messages.


Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316450522
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 13th, 2019

In this "compelling and disturbing" true story (Rebecca Traister), a young woman's toxic mentor develops a dark, stalking obsession that disrupts her career -- and her peace of mind.
Donna Freitas has lived two lives.


Consent on Campus: A Manifesto Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780190671150
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 4th, 2018

A 2015 survey of twenty-seven elite colleges found that twenty-three percent of respondents reported personal experiences of sexual misconduct on their campuses. That figure has not changed since the 1980s, when people first began collecting data on sexual violence. What has changed is the


Event Summary: 
Through an exploration of research, scholarly expertise, and practical real-world application we can better formulate an understanding of what consent is, how we create consent cultures, and where the path forward lies.