Kinsey Institute Lecture Series

The Kinsey Institute Lecture Series highlights current sex and sexuality research from a wide array of disciplines. Speakers include Kinsey Institute faculty, visiting scholars, Kinsey Institute affiliates, and invited researchers. Lectures are offered throughout the academic year and are free and open to the public. 

Spring 2020

Jan 30

Dr. Jennifer Piatt: What Women Are Saying about Sexual Health Following Spinal Cord Injury

2:00-3:30pm, Woodburn Hall, SSRC Room 200

Sexual health takes on an entirely new meaning for women following a spinal cord injury (SCI). The majority of sexual health information provided during the rehabilitation process is often focused on men, excluding the conversation of sex for women. Dr. Piatt’s team has interviewed women living with an SCI to better understand their needs concerning sexuality and intimacy. Sexual health education is sometimes provided in the rehabilitation hospital, yet can be disproportionately focused on men, or untimely, or even entirely absent.

Dr. Piatt is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Indiana University. Dr. Piatt completed a research fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at the University of Utah. Her team at IU is currently working on two additional research projects focused on sexual health, telemedicine, and women living with mobility impairments.

Mar 4

Dr. Sarah Knott, IU Dept of History - Cancelled


Fall 2019

Sep 18   

Dr. Simon Cook: "Project Geldom: Development of the Next Generation Hydrogel Condom"

1:00-2:30pm, Woodburn Hall, SSRC Room 200

With a background in microbiology and bacterial pathogenesis, Dr. Cook is an Early Career Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Following a "Grand Challenges" call for a "next generation condom" from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Cook received funding, and is now the lead investigator on Project Geldom, a research endeavor battling the world's rising rates of STIs, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy. Project Geldom's goal is to replace latex condoms using hydrogel materials.

Dr. Cook is a visiting scholar at the Kinsey Institute in Fall 2019.

Oct 9   

Jessica Lynn: "My Story So Far..."

3:00-4:30pm, Woodburn Hall, SSRC Room 200

Jessica Lynn is a world-renowned transgender advocate, educator, and activist. Her experience as a transgender woman and parent led her to dedicate her life to spreading awareness and acceptance for gender non-conforming communities around the world. Over the past several years, Jessica has crisscrossed the globe sharing the story of her journey in more than 750 presentations in 27 countries. Because of her dynamic, refreshingly honest speaking style and signature "ask me anything" Q&A sessions, Jessica is now internationally recognized to be one of the foremost transgender speakers.

Nov 13

Dr. Lucia O'Sullivan: “Assessing the Tripwires of Relationship Exclusivity: How Infidelity Evolves Despite a Strong Standard of Monogamy”

3:00-4:30pm, Woodburn Hall, SSRC Room 200

Few events in life cause more personal distress than learning an intimate partner has been unfaithful. A large body of work, however, reveals that many partners do not maintain exclusivity in their relationships despite strong intentions to do so.

Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan’s research addresses the interface of sexuality and intimate relationships, including the impact of new digital technologies on close relationships, with a primary focus on adolescents and young adults. Another line of research focuses on barriers and facilitators to access to sexual health care and services.

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