A two-day “preview” of Sex Week — a racy student program that evoked outrage in the state legislature last spring — will return to the University of Tennessee campus next week, reports the News Sentinel.
The truncated event will run Oct. 8- 9 and center on one event each evening. A pastor, sex educator, health professional, professor and student will host a panel discussion titled “Falling into Your Sexuality,” said Brianna Rader, co-founder of Sex Week at UT.
“There is a panel with representatives that you think about when you make decisions about your sex life,” she said. “There will be two or three more general topics like sexual health, sexual assault, whether you can drink at a party and hook up.”
The second night will repeat one of the most popular events from the spring: Sex in the Dark.
More than 300 students attended the program in the University Center where participants put questions in a shoe box, turn off the lights and then discuss those submissions with their peers. Health professionals are also in the room to correct any misinformation, Rader said.
The student organizers are using leftover funding from the spring Sex Week to pay for the two-day event, Rader said. The organization is still raising money for the full-length event in 2014.
Last year, funds donated by academic departments were revoked when state legislators expressed outrage over the event. A last minute $10,000 donation from Planned Parenthood and the Unitarian Church allowed the event to go on.
To fund the spring 2014 event, the organizers are again applying for a portion of student activity fees, raising money through T-shirt sales and asking departments for money for specific less-scandalous projects like sexual assault education, Rader said.