These free public seminars will be held mostly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in Room 206, Robson Hall, on the Fort Garry campus from September to December 2018.

Graduate and law students: register to attend these seminars for credit.

Tentative schedule (please check back for updates):

Sept. 5, 2018: Introduction (UM law Prof. Karen Busby)

Sept. 12: Why are Convictions so Difficult to Obtain in Sexual Assault Cases? (Prof. Karen Busby)

Summary, podcast (Part I , Part II , Part III , Part IV), PowerPoint

Assigned Reading: Busby, Barkaskas, Krishnan, Verner. Optional: Craig, Haskell.

Sept. 19: What Should University Sexual Violence Policies Look Like? (Prof. Karen Busby)

Summary, podcast (Part I, Part II, Part III), PowerPoint

Assigned reading: Dalhousie, UBC, Our Turn, Advanced Education Administration Act, section 2.3. Optional: Sheehy, SVP policy compilation, The Hunting Ground (2015 documentary).

Sept. 26: The Walking with Our Sisters project (lawyer Tanya Kappo)


Assigned reading: MMIWGI Interim report, Fox Lake testimony. Optional: BartonMMIWGI video clips.

Oct. 3: Thinking about Marginalized Sexual Practices: 1 p.m. Robot Sex (UM philosopher Dr. Neil McArthur) & 2:30 p.m. Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism (Prof. Karen Busby)

Summary, podcast (McArthur & questions), PowerPoint

Assigned reading: Strikwerda, Khan, Busby (Tied), look for updates on child sex doll case of Kenneth Harrison. OptionalLars and the Real Girl (movie) and Her (movie).

Oct. 10: Student presentations on university sexual violence policies.

Assigned reading: online student submissions.

Oct. 17: The Legal Regulation of Surrogate Motherhood (Prof. Karen Busby)

Summary, podcast (Part IA, Part IB, Part II), PowerPoint

Assigned reading: Berk, White, CFAS position statements. Optional: search for commentary on Bill C404, a private member’s bill introduced by Anthony Housefather.

Oct. 24: Laws Touching on Pregnancy Termination: (Nadine Sookermany, executive director of Women’s Health Clinic)  & Skewed Sex Ratios (Dr. Marcelo Urquia, UM community health sciences)

Nadine Sookermany summary & Dr. Marcelo Urquia summary, podcasts (Nadine Sookermany & Dr. Marcelo Urquia Part IIA, Part IIB)

Assigned reading: Berer, International Women’s Health Coalition, Wanigaratne, Urquia. Optional: Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada case and updates (on appeal to OCA), ARCC.

Oct. 31: 1 p.m. Vulnerable Youth: Children Exploited in Sex Work (Dr. Cathy Rocke, UM Social Work & Laurie MacKenzie, Knowledge Keepers advisory council for sexually exploited youth) & 2:30 p.m. Vulnerable Youth: LGBT Identity and Expression (Dr. Fenton Litwiller, UM Recreational Studies)

Rocke & MacKenzie summary and podcast (Part IA & Part IB), Litwiller summaryslides and podcast.

Assigned reading: Rocke. Optional: Whitehead.

Nov. 7: Queer Political Organizing (Centre for Human Rights Research manager Helen Fallding and Queer Yukon‘s Stephanie Hammond). Event sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund.

Summary, podcasts (Fallding Pt. 1, Fallding Pt. 2, Hammond Pt. 1, Hammond Pt. 2), Fallding PowerPoint, Hammond PowerPoint.

Assigned reading: Korinek. LGBT Purge. Optional: Hunt & Holmes.

Nov. 14: Fall break, no seminar

Nov. 21: HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction and Criminalization (Dr. Pierre Plourde, medical officer of health, and Dr. Paula Migliardi, healthy sexuality and harm reduction, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

Summary, podcast (Plourde Pt. I, Plourde Pt. II, Migliardi & Gervais), Plourde slides, Migliardi slides, Gervais slides.

Assigned reading: WRHA

Nov. 28, 1:15 p.m.: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in India (Dr. Sarasu Thomas, National Law School of India University)

Summary, slides

Readings and other materials