• 4/16/15- “YOUNG LAKOTA”, Award-winning documentary Screening & Discussion with Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, Filmmakers (Prior films include “The Education of Shelby Knox”); Shelby Knox,; Rebecca Nagle, The Monument Quilt; and Mary Kathryn Nagle, Playwright, Sliver of a Full Moon.  Sold out.

• 3/19/15- “NO EXCUSES: NINE WAYS WOMEN CAN CHANGE HOW WE THINK ABOUT POWER WITH GLORIA FELDT, AUTHOR & CO-FOUNDER OF TAKE THE LEAD, FORMER CEO OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD”, Lecture by Gloria Feldt, Author of “No Excuses”, Co-Founder of Take The Lead & Former CEO of Planned Parenthood; and discussion with Kristina Leonardi, Founder of The Women’s Mosaic, Author & Career Coach; Arpita Mazumdar, VP Goldman Sachs & Women for Women International; Kara Rota, Director of Editorial & Partnerships Cookstr at Macmillan.

• 1/15/15- “HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY”, Screening & Discussion with Therese Shechter, Filmmaker & Abiola Abrams, Author “The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self Love”.  What if all you had to lose was your virginity myths?  Sold out

• 5/23/13- MENTAL HEALTH CARE: A PAINFUL LEGACY AND TODAY’S CRISIS, Screening & Discussion with Lucy Winer, Filmmaker “Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution” and Stephanie Schroeder, Activist & Author of “Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies, and Suicide”. Sold out- over 100 attended.

• 4/25/13- “IT WAS RAPE” Screening and Discussion with Jennifer Baumgardner, Filmmaker & Author, and a panel of women featured in the film. Sold out- over 110 attended.

• 6/6/12- “THE GUY’S GUIDE TO FEMINISM” WHAT DOES FEMINISM HAVE TO DO WITH MEN?  A Conversation with Michael Kimmel, Author, PH.D., and Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director of CONNECT. Sold out- over 100 attended.

• 1/26/12- IS LOVE BLIND? Seeing and Being Seen in Relationships free interactive webinar commissioned by Berkeley College featuring Catherine Baker-Pitts, PH.D., LCSW

• 1/11/12- FOLK THIS! Fundraiser Concert Performances by Righteous Babe Records’ Hamell on Trial & Laura Joy. Paradigm Shift NYC T-shirt launch.

• 9/15/11- BEYOND HOOKING UP: CREATING SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT free interactive webinar commissioned by Berkeley College featuring Amy Jo Goddard, M.A. Sexuality Educator & Trainer.

• 8/3/11- SHAMELESS KARAOKE with The New Agenda, Soapbox Inc, Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, Women’s Media Center, The Feminist Press, Manhattan Young Democrats, National Organization for Women NYC, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Women’s eNews.

•  7/6/11- NOT DEAD YET film screening and discussion featuring Susan Hess Logeais, Writer/ Producer/ Star, and Yana Walton, Media Activist & VP of Communications, Women’s Media Center.  TimeOut NY’s Critics Pick (our 12th honor).

•  6/16/11- YOU’RE NOT ALONE: STRENGTHENING LGBTQ COMMUNITY & ALLIES Free interactive webinar commissioned by Berkeley College featuring Yana Walton, Women’s Media Center & Former GLAAD Southern Media Field Strategist.

•  5/19/11- DANGEROUS TERRITORY a one-women play about Mary White Ovington, Co-Founder NAACP dramatic reading by playwright Clare Coss with a discussion moderated by Jamia Wilson, VP of Programs at the Women’s Media Center.   TimeOut NY’s Critics Pick.

•  4/20/11- MARRIAGE:  PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE a lecture and discussion featuring Elizabeth Abbott, bestselling author “A History of Marriage” moderated by Cathy Marino-Thomas, Board President, Marriage Equality New York.  TimeOut NY’s Critics Pick.

•  3/17/11- FROM VIOLENCE TO EMPOWERMENT: COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. Free interactive webinar commissioned by Berkeley College featuring Quentin Walcott, Director CONNECT Training Institute & Community Empowerment Programs.

•  1/5/11- LOWER EAST SIDE FEMINIST TAKEOVER POST-HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR with Soapbox Inc. Speakers Who Speak Out and Feministing.

•  12/9/10- “F-WORD: FEMINISM, FUNNY & FEARLESS!  A FUNDRAISER FOR PARADIGM SHIFT” an evening of comedy and performance hosted by the infamous Abbi Crutchfield, (MTV, NBC Stand-Up For Diversity Finalist) & Jen Dziura (Williamsburg Spelling Bee, McSweeney’s) Co-founders of New York’s all-female Ladybits Comedy! Featuring Performances by Jessica Delfino, comedian (Publicly denounced by the US Catholic League);  Leah King, writer-performer “Hey, You. Can I Get A Smile?”, her one-woman show about street harassment fuses music, dance, and spoken word; and Hadiyah Robinson, comedian, finalist in the NBC Stand-Up For Diversity, performances on BET’s “Comic View” and “One Mic Stand”.  TimeOut NY’s Critics’ Pick- our 9th honor.  Over 56 attended.

•  10/2/10- “CREATING INTRA- AND INTERPERSONAL PARADIGM SHIFTS” a workshop presented at “Performing the World 2010: Can Performance Change the World?” 9/30-10/3/10 by Meredith Villano, PS Co-Founder/Director; Shetal Shah, PS Digital Media Supervisor; Laura Joy, PS Membership Coordinator.

*  8/18/10- BODY TYPED Short Films on Perfection 
Screening & Discussion with Jesse Epstein, Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaker.Over 89 attended.TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick- our 8th honor.

Lecture and Discussion featuring 
Dr. Michael Kimmel, PhD, Author & Sociologist, among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. Moderated by Shelby Knox, nationally known feminist organizer & subject of the Sundance award-winning film, “The Education of Shelby Knox”. TimeOut NY Critics Pick.Over 145 attended.

Proudly Present 
A LOWER EAST SIDE FEMINIST TAKEOVER– Celebrate as the Lower East Side officially becomes The Feminist District! Happy Hour at Gallery Bar. Over 75 attended.

•  4/21/10- ARTIST SHOWCASE: CELEBRATING THE WORK OF FEMINIST ARTISTS hosted by Laura Joy, Acoustic Folk Pop & Membership Coordinator, Paradigm Shift. Featuring, Bastet “Belly Dance For Change”,Experimental belly dance troupe; Barnacle BillFolk / Soul / Reggae; Chantilly, Singer-Songwriter; Jennifer Ortiz, Spoken Word Poet; Julia Weldon,Folk Indie Rock; Katina Douveas, Spoken Word Poet; Ms.India.M, R&B, Soul / Jazz / Alternative; Twilight of The Idle, Queer Cabaret Wordrock; Amy Mitten Photography. Sold out house.

•  3/30/10- SEX WORK & HUMAN RIGHTS: FEMINIST ADVOCACY STRATEGIES Panel Discussion and Screening featuring: Sienna Baskin, Esq., Staff Attorney, Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center; Christina Cicchelli, Columnist, $pread magazine; Maryse Mitchell-BrodyCo-Founder, Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK); Audacia RayInternational Women’s Health Coalition & co-founder of Sex Work Awareness; Will RockwellEditor, $pread magazine; Screening of “Sangram: Sex Worker Organizing In India”a collaboration between the International Women’s Health Coalition and SANGRAM; moderated by Melissa Gira Grant,External Relations Officer, Third Wave Foundation & freelance writer.Portion of the proceeds donated to Sex Workers Project.TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick.  Over 53 attended.

•  2/23/10- “THE PURITY MYTH: HOW AMERICA’S OBSESSION WITH VIRGINITY IS HURTING YOUNG WOMEN” A Discussion with Jessica Valenti, Author & Founder and Editor. Portion of proceeds donated to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. TimeOut NY Criticsʼ Pick. Over 110 attended- sold out.

• 12/1/09- SEX. CONSENT. POWER. PLEASURE. “The Line” Documentary Screening & Panel discussion.  Featuring: Nancy Schwartzman, Filmmaker, Erin Burrows, Students Active For Ending Rape, Joseph Samalin, Men Can Stop Rape, Campus Strength Coordinator, Ignacio Rivera, Sex educator, Organizer & Performance Artist. Portion of the proceeds donated to The Line Campaign and SAFER. TimeOutNY Critics’ Pick.  Over 85 attended.

• 11/19/09- PROGRESSIVE SINGLE MINGLE: A COCKTAIL PARTY FOR THE LEFT-LEANING. Raffle Sponsors include: Rubin Museum, Jivamukti Yoga school, Brooklyn Museum, Bluestockings,Tastee Vegan. Supported by the Planned Parenthood of New York CityActivistCouncil, NARAL Pro-Choice NY, NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.  TimeOutNY Critics’ Pick.  Over 30 attended.

• 11/2/09- NARAL’s Pro-Choice Election Phone Banks- Co-sponsored by Paradigm Shift

• 10/29/09- “AMELIA” Film Screening & Discussion

• 10/11/09- NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH for LGBTQ rights in Washington, DC.  Paradigm Shift was a part of the NYC National Equality March Mobilization Coalition.

• 9/23/09- “FIGHT FOR YOUR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: HOW YOU CAN HELP PASS THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT” co-sponsored by NYCLU, featuring Corinne Carey, Interim director, Reproductive Rights Project, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Rev. Matthew Westfox, National Coordinator for Field Services at Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice & Associate, Pastor at All Souls Bethlehem Church,Dr. Carol Roye, EdD, RN, CPNP, researcher in reproductive health,Jenn Proulx, Filmmaker of “Another New Yorker for the Reproductive Health Act”.  Over 25 attended.

• 8/19/09- “FEMINIST MEN: INCREASING VISIBILITY”. Featuring Dr. Michael Kimmel, one of the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity, Vinnie Angel, purveyor of social justice consumer products, Robert Brannon, Co- Founder NOMAS, Jerin Alam, NOW NYS YFTF,Ben Siegel, former VP Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition.  TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick. Over 80 attended.

• 7/22/09- “THE SARI SOLDIERS” documentary screening & discussion with Julie Bridgham, Filmmaker.  Portion of proceeds to Sari Soldiers Outreach Fund

• 6/17/09- PARADIGM SHIFT TV & BLOG LAUNCH & LGBTQ PRIDE PARTY featuring Rickie Gal, Jennifer Friedman, Inky Glass, and Phoenix

• 4/1/09- WOMEN & RELIGIOUS EQUALITY with Leora Tanenbaum, Author “Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality”– lecture and discussion. Portion of proceeds to Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual.  22 attended.

• 3/7/09- MICHFEST HALF-WAY SOIREE, a benefit for Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival featuring local and internationally renown talent such as singer/songwriter Pamela Means, Amber Darland, and Juliana Marx.

• 1/21/09- ROE VS. WADE ANNIVERSARY DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OF “I HAD AN ABORTION” AND DISCUSSION with JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER, Activist, Author, Filmmaker, GILLIAN ALDRICH, Filmmaker, and women featured in the film. Portion of proceeds to NY Abortion Access Fund.  74 attended.

• 1/14/09- ARE YOU FINANCIALLY SECURE: WOMEN & FINANCES WORKSHOP by Tanya Osborne, Independent Financial Services Professional at Primerica Financial Services

• 11/19/08- FEMINISM & MOTHERHOOD WITH AMY RICHARDS, Activist & Author “Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself”, lecture and discussion. Portion of proceeds to New Space for Women’s Health.  Over 25 attended

• 9/23/08- OPEN MIC with Special Guest Pauline Delage, French Feminist Scholar

• 8/1/08- “FEMINAZI” Off-Broadway One Women Comedy by Suzanne Willett & Panel discussion featuring S. Willett, Alexandra Zimmermann and Nichole Casamento of Younger Women’s Task Force- NYC Chapter, & Paradigm Shift Co-Founder, Meredith Villano

• 5/29/08- THE REAL SEX IN THE CITY: SEXUALITY WORKSHOP by Ducky Doolittle, Author & Sexual Health Advocate

• 5/8/08- ECOFEMINISM WITH MARTI KHEEL Ph.D., Author & Scholar “Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective”– lecture and discussion

• 3/28/08- FROM VIOLENCE TO EMPOWERMENT featuring NYC’s Radical Cheerleaders

• 3/1/08- MICHFEST HALF-WAY SOIREE, a benefit for Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.Featuring local and internationally renown talent such as singer/songwriter Nedra Johnson, poet Staceyann Chin, Filthy, and Laura Joy.  TimeOutNY’s Critics’ Pick. 110 attended.

• 1/25/08- FEMINIST ENTREPRENEURSHIP: NO GLASS CEILING TO SMASH featuring Annmarie Agosta, MSW specializing in Holistic Psychotherapy and LGBT issues.



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