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TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series - Spring 2017

After: Rape Culture, Feminism and the Limits of Representation

If you go —
What: TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series: After: Rape Culture, Feminism and the Limits of Representation With Dr. Kate Parker
Where:  Institute for Campus Excellence, Room 150, Murphy Library, UWL
When:  2 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Who: All members of the campus and surrounding community are welcome
Admission: Free.

The TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series will presentAfter: Rape Culture, Feminism and the Limits of Representation With Dr. Kate Parker from 2-3:30 p.m.  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the UW-La Crosse Institute for Campus Excellence, Murphy Library.  The event opens with a presentation and group discussion facilitated by Dr. Kate Parker, UWL Assistant Professor of English.

At a TEDx salon, attendees watch TED Talks, listen to speakers, and have discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage the audience in the presentation model through the critical element of lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event and shape the conversation.

About the presentation


One of the most insidious and pernicious myths perpetuated by campus rape culture is that women are not thinking, feeling subjects but in fact merely objects of attraction, fascination, and exploitation. This TEDxSalon, held during Social Justice Week, will explore how inclusive feminism has demanded (and continues to demand) dignity and respect for all persons, how feminist scholarship and pedagogy has worked to combat rape culture in higher education, and how theory can engage practice in the classroom and beyond. As a Salon, we will watch several videos that address the impact of rape in a global context, in relationship to masculinity and rape culture, and as an intersectional phenomenon. Participants will then collaborate on developing possible models to compassionately address gender violence at UW-L.

Participants should be aware that the videos, presentation, and conversation all contain potentially triggering elements. Staff from Counseling and Testing will be on-hand. 

About Dr. Kate Parker

Dr. Kate Parker studies eighteenth-century British and French literature and teaches courses in literature, critical theory, feminism and sexuality studies at UWL. She has also been active in the sexual assault awareness movement since she was 19, as a college student, a SART (sexual assault responder) in the City of St. Louis, a campus sexual assault advocate and now as a member of UWL’s Violence Prevention Committee. Dr. Parker also co-advises the Rise Above Rape Coalition on campus.