Schedule

2017 FAC StickerThis is an online conference, you can listen in by phone and on the web and you’ll receive recordings and transcripts of each talk so that you can listen/read on your own schedule if the live conference times don’t work for you (or if you want to listen to a favorite talk again!)

The conference will take place October 6-8, 2017.

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Below you’ll find the schedule for this year’s conference (scroll all the way down for the quick look schedule)

A note about the schedule:  Speakers are chosen based on community nominations of the voices people want to hear.  All speakers have complete freedom to choose their title and topic

Friday October 6th (All Times Pacific)

7:00-7:30pm

KEYNOTE: Saucye West – No More Shackles: A Journey to Becoming Fat and Fre

This year, is a year of revolution and empowerment. And the way that we must own this is to be truly free from the negativity that society has placed on fat bodies and the stipulations that the world has placed on us to live in our fat bodies. We are not bound to anything but ourselves. We have the right to live fat and free!

Opening Keynote

7:45-8:00pm:  

Spoken Word Collective, Part 1

Amazing fat positive poets and spoken word artists (in order of appearance)

Wendi Moore-O_NealWendi O’Neal – A Love Poem

Lesleigh OwenLesleigh Owen – The Diet Talk Blues

Rachel WileyRachel Wiley – Glory in Two Parts

Rheonna Thornton'Rheonna Thornton – Ode to Facebook!

 

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Saturday October 7 (All Times Pacific)

9:15-9:45am

KEYNOTE: Ivy Felicia – My Healthy is Not Your Healthy: Redefining Holistic Wellness For All Bodies

In our society, there are several flawed assumptions relating to wellness and appearance. If you are not skinny, athletic, or able-bodied, a common assumption is that you don’t care about your body and that you don’t care about your wellness. Based on this stigma, people are told that they would have a different body if they worked harder. There is also an assumption that if larger-bodied people choose to practice holistic wellness or self-care that it must be with the intention of losing weight.

In this presentation, I discuss why choosing to become a Holistic Wellness Coach was a revolutionary decision for me. I also share why practicing weight-neutral holistic wellness can a form of activism for those of us who navigate the world in fat bodies. I passionately advocate for people of all sizes and body types to explore holistic wellness with the intention of connecting with their body, rather than controlling it. I will share how this approach to holistic wellness can be a powerful tool to help people connect with their body from a space of compassion and respect, rather than judgment or shame.

Holistic wellness can be a personally defined choice and it is imperative that this choice be extended to people of all sizes. We all deserve to practice in a way that honors our own unique needs without the pressure to conform to social standards of health. This talk invites you to reconsider society’s definition of health and decide what well-being means for yourself. You will be inspired to honor your body as it is and nourish it in a way that brings you peace.

10:00-10:30am

Hillary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant – Reclaiming Body Trust

In 2006, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD co-founded Be Nourished, a revolutionary business helping people heal body dissatisfaction and reclaim body trust. Hilary is a licensed professional counselor, a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator, and a transformational workshop leader. Dana is a registered dietitian, Motivational Interviewing trainer, and Kripalu Yoga teacher. After many years of deep listening, learning, and working at Be Nourished, Hilary and Dana co-created Body Trust® Wellness, a curriculum to encourage people to move towards a compassionate model of radical self-care to heal body shame and patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. From 2007-2012, Hilary and Dana were adjunct instructors for the Eating Disorder Certificate Program at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In 2016, Be Nourished launched a certification program for helping professionals wanting to offer an alternative to diet culture. Hilary and Dana are popular speakers on topics such as Health at Every Size®, intuitive eating, and body respect in health care communities, and regular contributors to the Huffington Post. For more information, visit benourished.org.

10:45-11:15am

Carmen Cool – Therapists as Catalysts of Social Change

Carmen Cool1Health care providers are in a position to be change agents.

It is not enough for counselors to simply become aware and learn about the ways that fat oppression undermine people’s mental health and well-being. We are also responsible for using our awareness and what we learn to take intentional action actions dismantle the injustices that cause suffering. This talk discusses how we can begin shifting the paradigm from pathology to liberation-centered healing

11:30-12:00pm

Jen Ponton – So Long Wacky Neighbor – Buh-bye, Best Friend: Changing the Game as a Fat Actress


 

Actress Jen Ponton dives deep into the inclusion of body diversity in entertainment–challenges, tired old tropes, and hope for the future.

 

 

12:00-1:30pm 

Break One

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1:30-2:00pm

Misia Denéa – BI/BLACK/ BODY POSITIVE/BLISS – An ODE to my Queer Plus-Sized African-descended Self


This is an invitation into my journey of how I integrate all of my “selves” into wholeness, I created a short film with the same title that will debut in San Fransisco June 2017

2:15-2:45pm

Mycroft Masada – Spirituality At Every Size : A Call To Action

People of and at every size deserve equal access to, and equal membership in, spiritual practices and spiritual communities of all kinds. And as in every other aspect of communal life, fat people face intense and distinctive barriers in this sphere; the more so the more they struggle with intersecting oppressions — racism, ableism, classism and much more. From the Christian weight loss industry to the replacement of fatphobic Gods with fatphobic ‘Science’ to a plethora of other issues, there are many ways in which most of the faith community is unwelcoming to fat people. Too, in many senses, fatphobia has become a religion in its own right, especially among people who identify as secular. What is being done to lift up and better this facet of access and inclusion, what more is needed, and how can we take action towards social justice that not only includes fat justice and spiritual justice but is mindful of their intersection?

3:00-3:30pm

Joanne Soolman – Coexisting with Dissent: How to Practice Size Acceptance and Health at Every Size

Never does one wake up having magically shed diet culture overnight. While each of our journeys towards size acceptance and Health at Every Size (HAES) are different, a common characteristic is that the progressions more realistically occur relatively slowly over a lengthier span of time. Another frequent theme is that some of the people we hold dear – whether they be family, friends, colleagues, or others close to us – may not understand our new relationships with our bodies or attempt to subvert our transformations. Joanne Soolman has experienced this friction first hand. A practicing HAES-oriented registered dietitian, she is also sister to Oprah’s personal Weight Watchers coach. The dichotomy between how Joanne and her sister relate to food, physical activities, and body size could not be more polar opposite, yet they maintain a close relationship. Listen as Joanne shares strategies that she and others have found helpful that may similarly enable you to better peacefully coexist with people close to you who have a different take on matters of body size and health without compromising your own journey.


3:45-4:15pm

Aja Yasir – How Dieting Makes Us Poor


We will explore dieting as it relates to scarcity and poverty. What happens to our lives when we are encouraged to embrace scarcity as our normal? Can diets even be one of the root causes of wage gaps between women and men?

 

 

4:15-5:45pm

Break Two

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5:45-6:15pm

Steff Ivory Conover (Ivory) – The Female Body Politic

Examining, dissecting and debunking the politics behind body policing, fat shaming, misogyny and the disappearance of the divine feminine.

 

6:30-7:00pm

Sarah Harry – “Why working with Kellogg’s was a Fat Positive and Body Positive win”


In 2016 I was a Kellogg’s “Body Positive” Ambassador, this talk is about why I said yes and why sometimes we need to rethink our bias and do things a little differently to see the change we would like in Fat Activism.

 

 

7:15-7:45pm

Natalie Baack – 7 Steps to Break Free from Diet Culture and Reclaim Your Power, Confidence, and Health

Natalie Baack, The Curvy Confidence Coach, has a paradigm shifting mission: to untangle worth and health from looks and weight so we can all embody confidence and health at every size. In this talk she shares the story of how burning out in the film industry helped her break free from dieting after 20 years of trying to hate herself thin. She offers the 7 mind-body tools she used to break free from diet culture so you can learn new ways to relate to your body, food, your self, and your health.

8:00-8:15pm

Ashleigh Shackelford – I Wish a Nigga Would: Why You Don’t Have to Love Yourself to Defend Yourself


In our understanding of body positivity, we must realize that loving ourselves is not a requirement to survive, to receive love, or to be humanized. We’re socialized to believe that our existence, survival, and space taking must be purposeful and worthy to those around us. Loving yourself in the context of media and westernized culture is often about someone else. It’s toxic and violent to tell people to “just love yourself” when the world is constantly telling you you are not enough. Loving yourself should not affect if violence or trauma happens to you.
If loving yourself is requirement for survival, or to defend and protect our bodies – then the assumption is that we all have the same access to loving ourselves. Many of us, specifically black fat femmes, are constantly under siege, what expectations of self-love are imposed upon us when we’re often living in limbo? How could we expect that we all have the same resources, time, psychological readiness, physical safety to determine that love for ourselves? We can clapback at the systems and individuals trying to kill us as oppressed fat people without the added expectation of “loving ourselves” as a premise to prove our worthiness, prove our perception of ourselves/ our body, or prove that we are whole.

Sunday October 8 (All Times Pacific)

9:15-9:45am

KEYNOTE: Jane Arlene Herman – Secret Dieting

Jane Arlene HermanIn this talk, I will discuss the problem of secret dieting, which is something that we all do. Secret dieting means that we restrict what, and how much, we eat, but we convince ourselves that we’re not really dieting – we’re just being careful about health, cholesterol, diabetes, the environment, the children, whatever. Pretty much everyone – fat, thin, and in-between – is doing some kind of secret dieting, and it hurts us in many ways. It makes us squash own our anger and act too “nice,” and this in tun causes our political activism to become watered down and timid. I’ll talk about how you can recognize secret dieting and put a stop to it. Then you can join together with other fat folks and get support in nurturing yourself by eating all the food that you want and need. Together we’ll get in touch with our radical political anger and edge!

10:00-10:30am

Tatiana Gill – Representation matters: Body Positivity in Comics and Pop Culture

In this talk I explore what happens when we take comic books and pop culture archetypes and make them fat, differently abled, gender-bending, and/or old. In popular culture we tend to see only one type of female representation. Small deviations from the norm occur but rarely do we see women depicted with various weights and sizes, skin colors and textures, differing abilities, or even strong expressions of anger. We rarely see transgender or gender fluid characters. Men, while being allowed more variety, are still limited to a narrow archetype of a desirable leading male. When I was a young lady I didn’t see bodies like mine represented anywhere: on TV, magazines, movies, or the comic books I loved so much. I thought I had to make my body look like the bodies in my favorite media, instead of vice versa. As I got older I found a few comic books that depicted women with different bodies. In recent years some popular artists have raised the bar for inclusivity of representation, depicting people of all genders and gender identities, abilities, sizes and skin colors. (I still have not seen a spectrum of older ages being represented as dynamic and heroic, and I hope that is what comes next.)

10:45-11:15am

Tony Harrell – Navigating the World of Travel as a Fat Person


The world of travel is ever changing but not always in ways that benefit travelers of size. Whether you are a rare traveler or someone who travels regularly, this webinar will provide tips to maximize your experience in seeing the world.

 

 

11:30-12:00pm

Justine Sutton, aka Queen Justine – Asking For What You Need with ZAP! (Zero Apologies Plan)

I offer tips on asking for accessible seating in restaurants, theaters, and other public venues. With over a decade of experience as a fat arts journalist, I have had countless opportunities to practice this skill. Along the way, I formulated my Zero Apologies Plan (ZAP) for requesting accessible seating anywhere.

12:00-1:30pm

Break One

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1:30-2:00pm

Annie Maribona – From the Bus to the Break Room, Ways to Sneak Fat Activism into your Every Day Life


Fat activism is great and all, but how can we integrate it into our every day lives? How do we ‘burst the fat bubble’ so to speak and spread fat positivity & fat acceptance world-wide? This talk is meant to spark some ideas and inspire some chill comebacks.

 

2:15-2:45pm

Esther Rothblum – Fat Visibility Through Publishing

Esther rothblumThere is still relatively little published scholarship from a fat-affirmative perspective, and this talk will focus on ways to get non-fiction writing and research published in the form of academic articles and books. Publishing workshops tend to focus on the mechanics of the manuscript submission process, yet one of the biggest hurdles for students and junior faculty is finding the time to write, especially when the topic is emotionally difficult and/or personally relevant. A major focus of the talk will be how to deal with hostile anti-fat comments by reviewers, editors, and publishers. The publishing process is often viewed as difficult and aversive, and my goal is to demonstrate that it can be easy and fun. To this end, I will focus on ways to collaborate and also on how to become networked so that one is invited to publish. The talk will include information on how to submit scholarship to academic journals and university presses, given the relative paucity of academic sources focused on fat-affirmative research. For senior, well-published faculty members, I will focus on ways to mentor students and junior faculty to publish.

3:00-3:30pm

Crystal NewmanCrystal Newman – Self-Empowerment and Agency as a Black Fat Disabled Femme Activist through Resting and Developing the R.A.A.P.I.D. Framework for Self-Care and Protection

Crystal discusses the R.A.A.P.I.D. Framework she developed intuitively as a black, queer, fat, disabled, femme organizer after taking some time to rest after experiencing multiple traumas that come with organizing within social justice spaces in real life and online, trauma recovery, interpersonal relationships, and overall structural oppression. Through this framework, what is addressed is the importance of rest and its effects on the body, identity politics, self-esteem and empowerment, identity politics, development of boundaries, determining positive relationships, and dismantling oppressive systems all in the process of taking care of oneself within their one terms.

3:45-4:15pm

Lindsay McAllister – When Was The Last Time You Called Yourself Fat?

Join MsLindsayM, the body positive babe, as she takes you on the journey from the first time someone else called her fat to the first time she embraced using the word to describe herself. Let her tell you about the power that choice has had over her life and how it may benefit you as well. Her unique perspective as someone who spent time as a straight size model and as someone who has recovered from anorexia but who now spends her time fatshion blogging, is not to be missed. Learn how she sees taking selfies as a form of radical activism and how doing so helped her to change both the media around her and her relationship with her own body. Lindsay is hoping to educate the mainstream body positive community about the real roots of the fat activist movement and why we need more of the latter to ensure it is intersectional and inclusive. The handouts for her talk, “When Was The Last Time You Called Yourself Fat?” includes a list of the ten blog posts she is proudest of so you can see what she writes about at MsLindsayM.com on the Body Positive Babe Blog. She guarantees you will find intersectional analysis of a wide variety of issues that intersect with fat activism.

4:15-5:45pm

Break Two

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5:45-6:15

Aaron Flores – We Must Embrace Activism: How Dietitians and Other Healthcare Providers Must Learn How to be Partners and Voices in the Fat Activism Community

Aaron Headshot 1Aaron Flores, a registered dietitian, will discuss how much of the training dietitians and other healthcare providers receive is focused on weight-normative ideals and rooted in body modification.  This has lead to continued shame and weight stigma for larger bodied clients. This talk will focus on how embracing a trauma-informed care approach helps clinicians begin to see the harm done from weight-centered care and how embracing a more weight-inclusive model and being a fat activist is essential when calling out with stigma and oppressive approaches towards health.

6:30-6:45

Spoken Word Collective, Part 2

Amazing fat positive poets and spoken word artists (in order of appearance.)

MycroftMycroft Masada Holmes – FAT ACTIVISM

Frannie Zellman HeadshotFrannie Zellman – Fat Bronx Walking

Justine SuttonJustine Sutton – F-A-T

 

7:00-7:30

Orgullo GordoOrgullo Gordo (In Spanish) – La situación actual de la gordofobia y el activismo en Argentina

El fat activismo es muy reciente en Argentina, comienza recién en el año 2012. Tenemos una seria deficiencia en muchos aspectos, un retraso enorme por falta de políticas y por invisibilización de lo que ocurre. Los organismos que luchan contra la discriminación son ausentes y hay intereses en que así sea, pero eso no es todo, la investigación es sesgada, no hay estudios realizados aquí, no existe ciencia ni visión médica que no cargue con fat shaming, y aquellos médicos/científicos que se atreven a poner en duda lo hacen recién hoy debido a que los fat activistas hemos puesto en duda y habilitado otras opciones, pero aún es muy temprano y falta mucho por pelear, llevamos décadas de atraso, sin embargo el movimiento parece progresar rápidamente gracias a las voces que se van sumando.

 

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Quick View Schedule

Friday, October 6 (All Times Pacific)
7:00-7:30pm Keynote: Saucye West – No More Shackles: A Journey to Becoming Fat and Free
7:45-8:00 Spoken Word Collective, Part 1
Wendi O’Neal – A Love Poem
Lesleigh Owen – The Diet Talk Blues
Rachel Wiley – Glory in Two Parts
Rheonna Thornton – Ode to Facebook!
Saturday, October 7 (All Times Pacific)
9:15-9:45am Keynote:

Ivy Felicia – My Healthy is Not Your Healthy: Redefining Holistic Wellness For All Bodies

10:00-10:30am Hillary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant – Reclaiming Body Trust
10:45-11:15am Carmen Cool – Therapists as Catalysts of Social Change
11:30-12:00pm Jen Ponton – So Long Wacky Neighbor – Buh-bye, Best Friend: Changing the Game as a Fat Actress
12:00-1:30pm Break One
1:30-2:00pm Misia Denéa – BI/BLACK/ BODY POSITIVE/BLISS – An ODE to my Queer Plus-Sized African-descended Self
2:15-2:45pm Mycroft Masada – Spirituality At Every Size : A Call To Action
3:00-3:30pm Joanne Soolman – Coexisting with Dissent: How to Practice Size Acceptance and Health at Every Size
3:45-4:15pm Aja Yasir – How Dieting Makes Us Poor
4:15-5:45pm Break Two
5:45-6:15pm Steff Ivory Conover (Ivory) – The Female Body Politic
6:30-7:00pm Sarah Harry – Why working with Kellogg’s was a Fat Positive and Body Positive Win
7:15-7:45pm Natalie Baack – 7 Steps to Break Free from Diet Culture and Reclaim Your Power, Confidence, and Health
8:00-8:15pm Ashleigh Shackelford – I Wish a Nigga Would: Why You Don’t Have to Love Yourself to Defend Yourself
Sunday October 8 (All Times Pacific)
9:15-9:45am Keynote:

Jane Arlene Herman – Secret Dieting

 

10:00-10:30am Tatiana Gill – Representation Matters: Body Positivity in Comics and Pop Culture
10:45-11:15am Tony Harrell – Navigating the World of Travel as a Fat Person
11:30-12:00pm Justine Sutton, aka Queen Justine – Asking For What You Need with ZAP! (Zero Apologies Plan)
12:00-1:30pm Break One
1:30-2:00pm Annie Maribona – From the Bus to the Break Room, Ways to Sneak Fat Activism into your Every Day Life
2:15-2:45pm Esther Rothblum – Fat Visibility Through Publishing
3:00-3:30pm Crystal Newman – Self-Empowerment and Agency as a Black Fat Disabled Femme Activist through Resting and Developing the R.A.A.P.I.D. Framework for Self-Care and Protection
3:45-4:15pm Lindsay McAllister – When Was The Last Time You Called Yourself Fat?
4:15-5:45pm Break Two
5:45-6:15 Aaron Flores – We Must Embrace Activism: How Dietitians and Other Healthcare Providers Must Learn How to be Partners and Voices in the Fat Activism Community
6:30-6:45 Spoken Word Collective, Part 2
Mycroft Masada Holmes – FAT ACTIVISM
Frannie Zellman – Fat Bronx Walking
Justine Sutton – F-A-T
7:00-7:30 Orgullo Gordo (In Spanish) – La situación actual de la gordofobia y el activismo en Argentina

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4 Responses to Schedule

  1. Yay for having male and trans panelists! My ten year old son often asks where he fits in the whole body love movement, and has been repeatedly disappointed when he reads body-positive messages (mostly on my newsfeed) and sees them geared toward empowering girls and women, with no mention of boys and men. From a ten year old’s perspective, without a lot of context, this has been really difficult for him; we’ve had several tearful conversations about it. We need to stand up for boys and men, too. Thank you!

    • fluffyunicorn77 says:

      I can’t wait to register! That’s awesome that your son is already interested in the body positive movement, I didn’t find out about it until a few years ago when Linda Bacon’s HAES journal article was published in a science journal I happened to be reading! 🙂 http://www.nutritionj.com/content/10/1/9 I have come a long way since then, learning about HAES and then size acceptance. 🙂
      Has your son seen “Dancing Man”/Sean O’Brien and his new Dance Free Movement yet? 😀

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