Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture

2015 Building Bridges Conference

We invite you to join us for the 20th annual Building Bridges Conference, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture,” taking place Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Gustavus Adolphus College. This student-led diversity conference will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage in important dialogue that will challenge the pervasive and normalized nature of sexual violence in our communities. In particular, we will discuss the ways media, race, gender, and identity interact to create a culture of sexual violence.

Building on tradition, this conference continues to be the platform for students to address significant issues of justice in a proactive and informative way. For this reason, we have invited Jessica Valenti, founder of the feminist blog Feministing and writer for The Guardian, who has written extensively about feminism, culture, and politics to deliver the first keynote. Our second keynote, Guante, is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist, educator and writer. He serves as a teaching artist, engages in writing and performance residencies with youth, as well as regularly facilitating workshops and classes on a range of social justice issues. We encourage you to attend the 20th annual Building Bridges Conference and join us in learning about and acting upon the injustices of our world.

Supplementing the keynote speeches will be a series of workshops and an interpretive walk through to provide conference attendees with an array of opportunities to learn more about different facets of rape culture. This year’s topics include masculinity, street harassment, bystander intervention, identity, media and consent.

Following the conclusion of the conference on March 7th, Building Bridges, in conjunction with the Gustavus Alumni Association, invites alumni and conference supporters to attend the 20th Anniversary Building Bridges Celebration. The night will showcase alumni who are continuing a commitment to social justice and celebrate the ever-expanding reach of Gustavus' only student-initiated and student-led Signature Event. Please join us for this momentous occasion!