International Academic Polyamory Conference in Berkeley this weekend 2/15 – 17/2013

This coming weekend scholars from around the world will present at the first International Academic Polyamory Conference in Berkeley, California, USA. The conference opens Friday night at 5:30 with Psychological and Mental Health Presentations from Deborah Anapol, Kathy Labriola, and Karen Haas. I will appear remotely from my home in Atlanta on Friday night at  7:45 PST, presenting on The Status of Children in Polyamorous Families.

Saturday is another full day of conferencing, with presentations centering on Academic Research by such esteemed scholars as Dave Doleshal, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Christine Campbell, Nathan Rambukkana, Corey Keith, Sandra Peace, Antonia Levy, Marianne Pieper, Hadar Aviram, and Miriam Katz.

Sunday closes out the conference with two simultaneous tracks. One focuses on Public Education and Experience with presentations by Heidi Paugh, Kirsten Rose, Yogi Ramadin, Michael McDonald, Gloria Park, Meriana Dinkova, Keith Brown, Lenel de Emma, Dawn Davidson, Silvano Colombano, Karen Haas, Dane Ballard, and Laird Harrison. The second concurrent session on Sunday focuses on Political Issues and Activism with presentations by Dave Doleshal, Reid Mihalko, Joy Brooke Fairfiled, Pepper Mint, Emmi Bevensee, Barbara Berwick, and Ricci Levy.

There are still tickets available to attend the conference if you are in the Bay Area. You can find the events schedule at

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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