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Events & Community Services

Girls & Sex: Navigating the complicated new landscape

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Blake Upper School, Minneapolis MN 55403




   Blake School Member Registration


 9 a.m. Registration/Check In

10 a.m. Welcome and Peggy Orenstein Keynote 

11:30 a.m. Lunch 

12:30 - 2 p.m. Panel Discussion/Q & A

2 p.m. Book Signing

3 p.m. Conclusion

Other things to know

  • Free parking
  • Lunch is provided for all registrations
  • This event is appropriate for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students as deemed appropriate by parents/guardians.
  • A copy of Peggy's book can be found on Amazon by following this link: Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
  • If you'd like to learn more about Peggy, you can listen to the MPR interview or view her TED Talk

Peggy Orenstein Biography

Peggy Orenstein is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy, as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a HalfChanged World and the classic School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. Don’t Call Me Princess, Peggy’s latest collection of essays on women’s and girls’ lives, will be released in 2018. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS Newshour. Her articles have been anthologized multiple times, including in The Best American Science Writing. Peggy has been a keynote speaker at numerous colleges and conferences and has been featured on, among other programs,Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition and CBC’s As It Happens. Peggy was named one of “The 40 Women Who Changed the Media Business in the past 40 years” by The Columbia Journalism Review. The Council on Contemporary Families recognized for her “Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity,” she won Books For A Better Life Awards in the Parenting category for Waiting for Daisy, and in the Relationships category for Girls & Sex. Her work has also been honored by the Commonwealth Club of California, the National Women’s Political Caucus of California and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Additionally, she has been awarded fellowships from the United States-Japan Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peggy is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, filmmaker Steven Okazaki and their daughter, Daisy.

Panelist Bios

Erin Adams has her Master's degree in Educational Psychology and has served as a Licensed School Counselor in public and private schools for the past 20 years. Erin's current role is as Director of Counseling at Blake, an independent PK-12 college-prep school in the Twin Cities. In addition to her primary work with individual students and families, she offers an array of parent education opportunities in the school setting, as well as ongoing professional development workshops for educators. .  

Carol B. Peterson, Ph.D., L.P., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders. She is also the Chief Training Officer at The Emily Program, a Fellow with the Academy for Eating Disorders, and a practicing clinician in the community.

Dr. Himanshu Agrawal is a board certified child psychiatrist and an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin  as well as Children's hospital of Wisconsin (both in Milwaukee). Prior to joining Medical college of Wisconsin, Himanshu spent eight years working at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents at Northwest Passage in Northwestern Wisconsin and then served as the clinical director at the Maple Grove site for Prairie Care in Minnesota. Himanshu sees adult patients at the Tosa Center clinic and children and adolescents at the child psychiatry clinic at the Children’s Hospital campus. He is also part of the Psychiatry Psychosomatic Consultation/Liaison team at Froedtert Hospital. He is also a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute. Himanshu was born in New Delhi, India and spent his childhood living with his family in Bangladesh, London, Moscow, and Nepal. His strong role models (including his father, mother and grandmother) helped him cultivate his audacious belief that boys and girls should be treated equally. His wife and son ensure that he continues this cultivation!

Anne R. Gearity, PhD LICSW has an independent mental health practice in Minneapolis, and provides consultants on to many schools and agencies.  She is currently a clinical faculty at UMN department of child psychiatry, as well as teaching in the U's infant mental health program.  She wrote Developmental Repair, a manual for working with challenging and challenged children.  Teen girls and sexuality is a long standing interest, ever since she was a teen girl and feeling clueless about this lovely part of life.  Our girls today deserve better pathways.

Katrina Mendoza. I consider myself to be an experienced, enthusiastic and multifaceted reproductive justice advocatewith over ten years of experience in the sexual health field. Currently I am blessed to be working with the Latinx community (in Richfield primarily) through Planned Parenthood and also with the LGBTQAI community with Family Tree Clinic. I love presenting, teaching, supporting, learning from and meeting people. I am passionate about empowering young people and folks in marginalized communities,encouraging, supporting and helping folks identify their own strengths and thereby finding their own self identified ways to address or contribute to the issuesin their own lives in ways that are meaningful to them. 

Jan Search, MSW, LICSW is a private practice psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in Minneapolis. Since 1985 she has worked with directly with children, adolescents, and adults. The first seventeen years Jan worked in the public schools providing individual and group work to children and adolescents and consultations to parents and teachers. Her private practice, beginning in 1995, has focused on helping adolescents understand their changing bodies & minds in the context of ever evolving and sometimes confusing social and family relationships. Additionally, Jan teaches in the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, and provides supervision to graduate social workers working to earn their clinical license.  

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