Dawn Atkins' presentations fit the topic, audience and setting.
She has presented lectures for large audiences, intensive workshops
for small groups and speeches for rallies. Her speaking style
is dynamic and personable regardless of the size of the audience.
Since 1990, Ms. Atkins has presented over 100 workshops to
universities, high schools, feminist groups, sexual assault survivors,
social service and health care providers, and at national and
regional conferences. She has appeared national and local television
and radio programs including Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey
Show, and the Bradshaw Difference to discuss the issues such as
the pros and cons of beauty pageants and size discrimination based
Types of possible presentations, expanded on your right:
To view a list of
previous presentations see Curriculum Vitae.
Some Reviews of previous presentations are also available.
Lectures: Dawn Atkins' presentations
combine scholarship with an engaging style of presentation. Recommended
length 1-3 hours. Some topics she has spoken on include:
- Are Looks Important? Body Image and Diversity -- a introductory
multi-dimensional view of body image and how it intersects with
issues such as sex, race, class, age, disability, and sexuality.
- Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay & Transgender Body Image - specific
issues around body image faced by both queer individuals and
queer communities. (Can also focus more directly on lesbian/bi
women, gay/bi men, or transgender issues.)
- Dieting and Medical Misinformation - a presentation of the
medical and social issues around dieting and "obesity treatment"
in the U.S.
- Transgender Identity - paper presentations of work in progress
on transgender and/or transsexual identity, body and medical
systems in San Francisco and Amsterdam.
- Polyamory and Community -- workshops and presentations on different
aspects of non-monogamous relationship styles.
Workshops: For audiences
of less than 30, Ms. Atkins can design an interactive workshop
where participants can explore some of their body image issues
and possibilities for change through exercises and discussion.
These workshops may be topical or group focused. Recommended length
2-5 hours. Some examples:
- Understanding Body Image - introductory workshop for general
- Body Image Healing for Sexual Abuse Survivors - for survivors
and/or partners of survivors.
- Looking Queer: LGBT Body Image - for lesbian, bisexual, gay
and/or transgendered people.
- If It Weren't for My Body: Women's Body Image - for women.
Training: For professionals
in various fields. Length and format will vary with topic and
number of participants. Some examples:
- Body Image Advising - for teachers, residence hall advisors
and other professionals working with young people. How to recognize,
teach about and advise students with body image issues.
- Special Issues for Counseling Professionals - addressing
specific diversity issues around body image and eating disorders
with "non-traditional" backgrounds such as people with
disabilities, older people, people of color, and lesbian, bisexual,
gay and/or transgendered people.
- Teaching Diversity - techniques for helping teach body image
and diversity issues including strategies for dealing with hostile
audiences, minimizing fear and dispelling misunderstandings.
- Consensus and Conflict Resolution - incorporating diversity
in ideas can be difficult, yet training in consensus decision
making and conflict resolution can prevent/heal divisions and
Rallies: With an energetic
style and committed progressive politics, Ms. Atkins has spoken
at many rallies and demonstrations including "Take Back the
Night" marches, Pride Celebrations and feminist demonstrations.
Reviews of some of Dawn
Atkins' previous presentations:
From Erin Ramsen, Women Center, University of California, Santa
Dawn, I just wanted to thank you again for giving your
talk "Killing Us For Our Own Good: Dieting and Medical Misinformation"
at UCSC in October. I am still getting wonderful feedback from
the students and staff who attended the program. Many have told
me how eye opening the information you presented was and that
they were thinking in new ( & positive!) ways about their
(and other people's) bodies. In addition, they have reflected
a lot on the incredibly negative impact that the dieting industry
has had on their health and happiness. Your talk really inspired
me to put together a resource guide on body image, eating disorders
& fat acceptance which has been distributed throughout the
campus. We are also committed to doing a lot more programming
on these issues every quarter. We would love to bring you back
again to talk about your new books so I'll be contacting you
again soon. Thank you again for coming to UCSC. Your work
is so important to all of us.
From Robin Garret, Women's Center, West Chester University:
We recently brought on campus Dawn Atkins who has done
a lot of speaking and research on dieting, weight and body image
issues. .... We contacted her directly, and she spoke for a very
reasonable fee. She was good - energetic, bright, generous with
her time, really opened up students' thinking, very approachable.
Did a good job of gearing her presentation to two very different