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UAlbany Continues Commitment to Educating Students on Sex-Related Issues with its 24th Annual Sexuality Week Series
Nationally-known sex and relationship educators Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot headline week-long activities

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 5, 2007) -- Workshops on topics related to sexual health, relationships and communication, sexual orientation and gender will be the centerpiece of the University at Albany's Sexuality Week 2007.

In its 24th year, Sexuality Week -- coordinated by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and University Counseling Center -- will bring together college students, faculty and staff to discuss critical issues, choices and concerns.

The week-long series of programs for Sexuality Week, funded by UAlbany's Student Association, will be presented by experts with the goal of encouraging learning, dialogue and critical thinking to move Middle Earth forward in its mission of prevention and education.

"College students' concerns related to gender issues, HIV/AIDS, relationships, identity, and reproductive health have remained at the forefront," said Dolores Cimini, director of the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and assistant director for the Prevention and Program Evaluation at the University Counseling Center. "In recognition of the importance of such issues for students, programs within Sexuality Week reflect these key themes. In this way, we hope to meet the needs of our students as well as to provide a retrospective and prospective look at the issues."

This year's keynote speakers are sex and relationship educators Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot, who will present "The Female Orgasm" - a humorous, educational program about women's sexuality and pleasure.

The event will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Campus Center Ballroom.

There will be a variety of films and workshops throughout Sexuality Week 2007. In addition, Project SHAPE: Sexual Health And Peer Education, will be hosting a series of exhibits on sex-related topics in the Campus Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb.12 through Feb. 15.

Thursday, Feb. 8

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections at SUNY: What You Need to Know, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • "2007 BC" (What's New in Birth Control Today?), 2:45-4 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Coming Out Stories, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 375

Friday, Feb. 9

  • "I Had an Abortion", 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center 361
  • Screening of the film, which documents how changing societal pressures have affected women's choices and experiences 
  • "Daddy and Papa: A Look at Gay Fathers in America", 1-3 p.m., Campus Center Terrace Lounge

Monday, Feb. 12

  • Contraception exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center Lobby
  • Emergency Contraception: What It Is, What It Isn't, How It Works, Where To Get It, How To Use It, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • The Morning After: The Politics of Emergency Contraception, 2:45-4 p.m., Campus Center 375 
  • Can We Talk: Men and Women in Conversation About Sexual Assault on the College Campus, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
    Video clips will examine different aspects of sexual assault, including experiences of victims, advertising/media messages and societal messages to men, as a spring board to conversation. 
  • Rape Aggression Defense for Women, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Rape Aggression Defense for Men, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Campus Center Terrace Lounge 
  • Communicating With Your Partner, 8 p.m., State Quad Penthouse
    Workshop will use peer theater techniques to address challenging and difficult communication issues associated with the development of intimate relationships with others

Tuesday, Feb. 13

  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center Lobby
  • European Approaches to Sex Education, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Take Back Today! Take a Stand to End Sexual Violence, 2:45-4 p.m., Campus Center 375
    Activity where students will have the opportunity to create a piece of artwork for a quilt, which will be used during the "Take Back the Night" rally and march in April.
  • "Southern Comfort", 4:15-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
    Film screening for an award-winning documentary following the story of Robert Eads, an FTM transsexual suffering from ovarian cancer who faces sure death after 20 doctors have refused to treat him.
  • "The Female Orgasm", Keynote speakers Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot, 8 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb. 14

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center Lobby
  • Relationship Enhancement: How to Turn on Delight, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Man to Man: A Frank Talk About Situations Guys Face (For Men Only), 2:45-4 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • (W)Holy Relationships, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Culture and Sex - What Do We Really Know?, 6-7:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Basics of Human Reproduction and Contraception, 8 p.m., Indian Quad Penthouse

Thursday, Feb. 15

  • Breast and Testicular Cancer Prevention Exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center Lobby
  • Human PapillomaVirus - The STD That Causes Cancer And How To Prevent It, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Sexual Olympics, 2:45-4 p.m., Campus Center 375
  • Loveline: Sex Talk at UAlbany, 8 p.m., Colonial Quad Penthouse
    Have your most intimate and pressing questions about sexuality answered by a panel of experts and students.

Miller and Solot -- who have been in a relationship since 1993 -- are authors of "Unmarried to Each Other: The Essential Guide to Living Together as an Unmarried Couple", a popular 2002 guidebook for couples of all sexual orientations. Their book, "I Love Female Orgasm: From 'Right There' to 'Oh, Yeah!' and Everything in Between" is slated for publication in February.

They have presented over 250 programs at colleges and universities, businesses, churches, regional and national conferences and adult education centers across the nation.

Miller, who has a degree in sexuality and society from Brown University, has more than six years experience running HIV and STD prevention programs, including most recently as prevention education programs manager at the Research and Education Department of Fenway Community Health in Boston. Miller founded Boston's BiHealth program and the Safer Sex Educator Team. He provided multi-session counseling with at-risk clients and trained and led a team of fifty educators to conduct outreach and education about safer sex, STDs, and sexuality. Miller is also a trainer of teachers for the Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ Our Whole Lives sexuality education program. He was named a "Person to Watch" by USA Today.

Solot trained as a sexuality educator at Brown University and has authored several articles about the scientific study of female orgasm. As a breast cancer survivor who discovered a lump in her own breast at age 26, Solot realized that being comfortable with her own body may have saved her life. As a result, she is passionate about increasing people's knowledge and comfort with their own bodies. In addition, she is a certified birth doula, providing professional labor support to women and their partners during childbirth.

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