On Friday, March 18th, and Saturday, March 19th, the New School will be hosting “Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body,” “an international summit to challenge the toxic culture that teaches women and girls to hate their bodies.” The conference is being organized by the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute and plans to “launch a comprehensive, worldwide campaign in collaboration with the leading organizations and individuals already on the front lines of this public mental health epidemic. This campaign will engage government officials, educational institutions, multi-national corporations, the fashion industry, and the mainstream media to join us in creating a new visual culture–one where the diverse, real beauty of women and girls is valued and magnified. The time is now. Take back your body. Re-imagine the world.”
“The summit will be a lively combination of keynote speeches, panels, international video testimonials, LOVED BODIES, BIG IDEAS presentations, and group discussions/action groups. We hope it incorporates frank, complex, and solution-oriented conversations among a genuinely diverse range of people.”
For more information about the schedule and speakers, check out the program.
The website also has information about online registration, details about other activist events in New York City, and great blog posts about body politics!