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Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: A Public Performance of Compliance
February 14 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ZOOM LINK (TW: this will be glitchy, at times boring, strange!): https://zoom.us/j/161645550?pwd=OEJZcFRrcm9Ka2NobFg2aFRnM05wdz09
Join Jennifer Doyle, a professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and author of Campus Sex, Campus Security, as she takes the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Faculty. State employees are required by law (AB1825 and AB2053) to take training geared to raising awareness about sexual harassment and discrimination. Faculty tend to speed through this training at home, alone, and then joke about it. But for harassment victims, these trainings can trigger all sorts of feelings about the distance between the ideals expressed in anti-discrimination law and the real difficulty of confronting harassment, bullying and discrimination within one’s own community. The scheduling of this training on Valentine’s Day is intentional: Doyle is a victim of stalking and harassment: Valentine’s Day is a bad holiday for stalking victims.
Doyle will take her training in public, at HRLA, while gallery sitting for Ken Ehrlich’s exhibition, Dysfunctional Furniture. The training is based on case law/case history. Doyle will talk out the implications of those cases, and spotlight the good in the training, the bad and the blindspots. Other people who need to take their required training are welcome to bring their own laptops and participate.
TW: this will involve some sustained discussion of sexual harassment. It also takes MUCH longer to do one’s training this way. Where most faculty will speed through this training in two hours, Doyle insists on spending as much time as possible reflecting on and unpacking the training’s examples. She expects this public performance of compliance with anti-discrimination regulation to take six hours.