When University of Oregon literature professor Jennifer Burns Levin caught wind of the original cancellation, she jumped at the opportunity to bring the writer and sex educator to the Eugene campus. The cost of Taormino’s appearance at the University of Oregon will be paid for by a combination of student and public funds. In the past, Taormino has lectured at top colleges and universities including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Smith, Vassar, and New York University, about issues affecting sexuality and feminism.
Rachel Ulrich — a Oregon State University graduate student and member of the Modern Sex Conference’s planning committee — was resolute in her belief that Taormino’s voice was necessary on her campus. Ulrich rallied other students and used student funds to bring Taormino back to Oregon State University.
Are you a student? What do you hope to learn from Tristan Taormino about sex, feminism, pornography or other topics? Do you teach at a college or university? What is your experience in booking controversial speakers in public places?