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Queer Student Cultural Center

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM (CDT)


Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird General Admission Ended $60.00 $4.29
UMN Student   more info Ended $15.00 $1.82
Late General Admission Registration   more info Ended $80.00 $5.39


Event Details

 The Queer Student Cultural Center and Kinky-U are holding our first ever ASKEW conference—a series of workshops and discussions on the 6th and 7th of April. ASKEW is an academic conference focused on sexual health, empowerment, and relationship building. Our focus is on creating a safer space where attendees can learn tools to better navigate their sexuality, gender identities and expression. ASKEW is open to both members of the University of Minnesota & the wider community. Conference includes lunch and snacks each day.


We are proud to welcome nationally and internationally celebrated educators and presenters including Lee Harrington, Hedwig Florence, Scott Thomson, and Andrea Zanin,


Class List and Further Presenter Information is listed below!


This is an 18+ Event and a valid photo ID, which includes your date of birth and the name used on your registration, will be required for event entrance. If you are a student, you will also be required to provide your valid student ID and may be requested to provide proof of current enrollment.


Dress Code: Street Legal



$60 Early Registration (March 1-March 10, 2013)

$75 GA (March 11, 2013 – Week before event)

$30 student

$15 U of M student


Lunch and Snack Break included each day.

Cost of admission covers classes by Lee Harrington, Hedwig Florence, Scott Thomson, and Andrea Zanin on safer sex, queer leather history, rope bondage, and more. Lunch is provided both days. Sliding scale scholarships are available for those for whom the registration prices are prohibitive.

Scholarships: Available funds for scholarships are extremely limited and will be used up in order of application submission.  If you are in need of assistance, we encrouage you to apply early before we run out of funds!

Please fill out the following form and we will contact you after we've processed the application:


Venue: UMN Campus; Further details will be sent before event. 


Equal Opportunity Event: ASKEW Conference welcomes all persons regardless of gender identification; perceived sexual orientation; affectional preference; sex; race; ethnicity; color; age; disability; socio-economic status; socio-economic background; religious or spiritual beliefs; political affiliation; public assistance status; veteran status; marital or familial status; national origin; residential status; sexual identity or expression; gender identity or expression; or openness of any of the aforementioned.


Safer Space: ASKEW Conference intends to create and promote a safer space at the conference where all attendees are comfortable engaging with and exploring the knowledge and ideas that are presented at the conference.


Questions? Email: Scholarship Information is available above, please do not email, but instead read the instructions and complete the form if you are in need of financial assistance.


Supported by:

The University of Minnesota Queer Student Cultural Center—Proudly an NCSF Coalition Partner

The University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office



Class and Presenter Information:

Lee Harrington


-Authentically Kinky

-Role-playing Skills For the Bedroom and Beyond

-Negotiating Well with Others… and Yourself!

Bio: Lee Harrington is an internationally known spiritual and erotic educator, gender explorer, artist, and award-winning author and editor. He focuses on a practical, down to earth approach to the fact that we are each beautifully complex ecosystems, and we deserve to examine the human experience from that lens. He’s traveled the globe (from Seattle to Sydney, Berlin to Boston), teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith, desire and more, both alone and with Mollena Williams, the co-author of Playing Well With Others. Drawing from his careers as an academic, an adult film performer, writer, philosopher, and kink/bondage expert, Lee teaches with great commitment and passion about human sexuality and sacred experiences.


Hedwig Florence


-Rope Beyond Restraint: Introduction

-Rope Beyond Restraint: The next steps

-Rope and Gender

BioHedwig identifies as a queer, poly, femme switch. A resident of London, she has traveled nationally and internationally to learn and teach about a wide array of BDSM and fetish play, with a primary focus on rope bondage. She draws particular inspiration from the traditions of shibari and kinbaku, and has written a dissertation (“Senses and Shibari,” 2011) on the subject. Hedwig brings with her a deep commitment to exploring gender identity, active consent, and the ways they can shape communities. Further information is available at

Scott Thomson


-Making Safer Sex Fun

-Intimacy, Connection and Healthy Relationships

-Bold, Courageous, and Brave: How to get what you want and keep getting it

Bio: Scott Thomson began his career as a Sexuality Educator at the University of California at Davis in 1991, shortly after attending the Folsom Street Fair for the first time. He worked for Planned Parenthood for nearly a decade as a Reproductive Health Specialist and Sex Educator in Northern California with a focus on HIV and STI prevention. As a BDSM Presenter, Scott has appeared at regional and national events including Winter Wickedness and Shibaricon. As a trainer, he has developed curricula and provided training for health care providers and educators to help better address their clients’ needs focusing on sexuality and HIV/STI treatment and prevention. Based now in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Scott is a Leatherman, craftsperson and outspoken activist, continuing to do outreach work wherever and whenever possible. Always an innovator, Scott’s workshops are dynamic, interactive and entertaining. With a focus on nuts and bolts skills, communication and self-discovery, Scott’s approach is geared toward both new and experienced community members and offers something for everyone.


Andrea Zanin


-Keynote: The Thinking Kinkster (Or, Knowledge is Power)

-10 Rules for Happy Non-Monogamy

-LeatherDyke Culture & History

Bio: For over a decade, Andrea Zanin has been teaching about queer sexuality, polyamory and BDSM/leather for universities, colleges, sex shops, community groups and conferences in Canada, the States and internationally, and she brings an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work. Andrea is pursuing a PhD in women’s studies at York University with a focus on Canadian leatherdyke history. She writes a sex column called "Ask the Sex Geek" for In Toronto magazine, blogs, and pens erotic fiction when she can spare the brain juice. Andrea also co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest, runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society and judges the occasional leather contest (most recently, International Mr. Leather 2012). She lives in Toronto and enjoys watching documentaries, doing yoga, paddling... kayaks, cultivating poly M/s relationships with exceptionally high-quality individuals, eating fine dark chocolate and wearing really hot shoes.


Further Information will be released on our website soon about programing and additional opportunities.


Have questions about ASKEW? Contact Queer Student Cultural Center


Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Queer Student Cultural Center

The Queer Student Cultural Center is a completely student-run group dedicated to helping those in the coming out, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and allied communities.

The QSCC offers a Safe Space in 205 Coffman Union and is a great way to meet new friends in the GLBTQIA community.

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