We're excited to announce the speakers for the CatalystCon East Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism, and Acceptance. The panel will include Mo Beasley, Melissa Gira Grant, Lauren Marie Fleming, and Del Tashlin, and will once again be moderated by Tristan Taormino. The panelists will address the ongoing debates over sexuality at the local, national and global levels and discuss how they've created their own sparks and been catalysts for change.
The Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea With Betty Dodson will feature an interview with author, artist, and sexologist Betty Dodson by her friend and fellow sexologist Carol Queen. Meet the real Betty Dodson and hear how a transplanted gal from Kansas came to New York City in the 1950s to be a fine artist and became “the Mother of Masturbation”!
Check Out Our Entire Lineup!
The full lineup of sessions and speakers for CatalystCon East is now available on our website. Over 60 speakers will be presenting sessions and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including The Work of Sex Work, Living With An STI, The Nuts and Bolts of Accessibility, Real to Reel Sex, and 21st Century Sex Ed. Speakers include Ducky DooLittle, Francisco Ramirez, Jackie Strano, jessica drake, Robert Morgan Lawrence, and Siouxsie Q. Complete lists can be found on our Session and Speaker pages.
Author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel will be teaching two pre-con writing workshops at CatalystCon East. Erotica 101 and Sex Writing 101 will take place on Friday, March 14 from 9:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm. Each workshop is $45, or $79 if you register for both. Attendees will have the opportunity to get feedback from Rachel on one piece of their own writing (3,000 words or less), to be submitted prior to the workshop.
Tristan Taormino will be teaching two levels of her Sex Educator Boot Camp at CatalystCon East. Boot Camp I: Basic will take place on Friday, March 14th from 10:00am-1:00pm. Boot Camp II: Intermediate will take place on Friday from 2:00pm-5:00pm. The cost for each level of Boot Camp is $89.
For more information on all of these workshops, see our Pre-Conference Events page. These workshops are only open to CatalystCon attendees and require separate registration - see our Registration page for details and to sign up for pre-con events.
We're excited to announce that Wet will be our Hospitality Sponsor for CatalystCon East. Other returning sponsors include ANEROS, We-Vibe, Sportsheets, Tantus, Good Vibrations, Sex Out Loud, and Sexquire. We're grateful to all of our awesome sponsors for helping to make CatalystCon possible.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of CatalystCon, please visit our website for more information. Program advertising is also still available - please see our website for current ad rates.
Register for CatalystCon East!
CatalystCon East is scheduled for March 14-16, 2014. Register today! Regular registration for CatalystCon is $150 for the full weekend, or $125 for Saturday and Sunday only. Students can receive a $25 discount by entering STUDENT in the discount code field when registering. Please note that student ID will be required at check-in.
CatalystCon East will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. A group rate of $109 plus tax per night is available until February 20, 2014. Reservations can be made by calling 1-703-418-6800 with the group code CAT, or online at Hilton.com.
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