Ruth Abram

President and Founder, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY.
Since it’s inception, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum has gained recognition as an authoritative voice on immigrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Ruth Abram is currently organizing the Coalition of International Site Museums of Conscience, which presently includes as its members The Gulag Museum in Russia, The Famine Museum in Ireland, The Goree Slave House in Senegal, The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and Terezin Camp in the Czech Republic.

George Chauncey

Professor of History, University of Chicago
Dr. Chauncey’s research and lectures focus on urbanism, gender, sexuality, subjectivity, and social movements in twentieth-century United States. He is the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and Merle Curti Social History Award from the Organization of American Historians, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. He is currently working on The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Stonewall Era. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1989.

Patricia Cline Cohen

Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. Cohen specializes in 19th century American social and women’s history. Her publications include The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York and A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America. She has recently received fellowships from the University of California and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She received her B.A. from the University of Bristol (UK) in 1968 and her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1977.

Betty Dodson

Artist, Author and Sex Educator.
Betty Dodson achieved international recognition with several ground-breaking erotic art exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s before leaving the art world to become a feminist sex teacher. She designed and facilitated workshops that taught masturbation skills so women could explore their own sexual pleasure. In 1974 she self-published her first book, Liberating Masturbation. Her book Sex for One was published in 1986, and became a Paperback Classic when it was revised in 1996. Sex for Two will be published in the fall of 2002. She received a PhD in sexology in 1992 and has produced three videotapes that document her pioneering teaching methods. Dr. Dodson has a private practice in New York City and maintains an active website,

Robert T. Francoeur

Professor of Human Sexuality and Embryology, Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Robert T. Francoeur is a widely published writer on today’s sexual issues. He is author and editor of the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Sexuality, which documents human sexuality in 32 countries; The Complete Dictionary of Sexuality and several college text books including Becoming a Sexual Person and Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality. He writes a monthly column, “Future Sex,” in the Encyclopedia of the Future, and has recently written The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality.

Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Associate Professor of History, Loyola University, Chicago
Dr. Gilfoyle teaches American urban and social history. He is the author of City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 which was awarded the Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution and a N.E.H./Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently completing a book on crime in the late nineteenth-century American city. Gilfoyle received both his B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1979 and 1987, respectively.

Mel Gordon

Author, Professor of Dramatic Art , University of California, Berkeley
Mel Gordon is the author of Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin, and Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler’s Jewish Clairvoyant. Gordon teaches Yiddish film and theater, and courses on acting in theater, film and television. He has taught professional acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Acting, Michael Chekhov Studio, Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York, and master sessions at the International Stanislavsky Symposia in Paris and Moscow. Gordon received his Ph.D. from New York University.

Joan Nestle

Co-founder, Lesbian Herstory Archives (1973)
Ms. Nestle housed the Lesbian Herstory Archives in her Upper West Side apartment for the first twenty years of its existence. She is the author of A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union, editor of the anthology Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, and co-editor of five other books. She taught writing in the SEEK program of Queens College for twenty-nine years, until cancer forced her to retire in 1995.

June M. Reinisch

Director Emeritus, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
Dr. Reinisch served as director of The Kinsey Institute and professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Indiana University from 1982-1993. Upon retirement, she was named Director Emeritus and a member of The Kinsey Institute Board of Trustees. She is now President of R2 Science Communications, Inc., consulting to business, media, academia, and the legal profession. Her public education publications include the thrice-weekly newspaper column “The Kinsey Report”, syndicated internationally for nine years by United Feature/United Media; and The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex, a lay-person’s encyclopedia answering frequently-asked questions about sex, gender and reproduction.

Barney Rosset

Editor-in-Chief, Evergreen Review, Founder Grove Press. Barney Rosset founded Grove Press in 1951, where he helped establish writers such as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and David Mamet. As part of his campaign against censorship, he published D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and commited himself to their respective legal battles. Grove produced a magazine, Evergreen Review, introducing Jack Kerouac, Margurite Duras, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Mr. Rosset founded Blue Moon Books in 1987 and most recently was instrumental in obtaining publishing rights for a sequel to Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.

Candida Royalle

Filmmaker, Civil Liberties Advocate.
Candida Royalle is the founder and President of Femme Productions Inc., creators of the acclaimed line of erotic films catered to women. She is a founding board member of Feminists for Free Expression and well as a member of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She lectures frequently about female empowerment through erotic expression.

Luc Sante

Visiting Professor of Writing and Photography, Bard College
Mr. Sante is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and Bookforum. He is the author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, and Walker Evans. He has received a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Grammy, for album notes. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he attended, but did not graduate from, Columbia College.

Michael Sappol

Curator-Historian, The National Library of Medicine
Dr. Sappol’s specialty is the history of the body, medicine, science and sexuality. He is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in 19th-Century America. His dissertation, which was an earlier version of the book, made him a finalist for the Bancroft Dissertation Award and a winner of the Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University.

Annie Sprinkle

Performance Artist, Author
Annie Sprinkle Ph.D. is the prostitute/porn star turned performance artist/sexologist. She has passionately explored sexuality for thirty years, all the while sharing her experiences through mutli-media; making her own unique brand of feminist sex films, writing books and articles, theater performances, and teaching. Annie has consistently championed sex worker rights and health care. She is the first porn star to earn her Ph.D., which is in Human Sexuality. Annie is presently a popular college lecturer. Her first book, Post Porn Modernist is a sex book classic, and her most recent book, Hardcore from the Heart won the Firecracker Award for best sex book of the year. She was the subject of four segments on HBO’s Real Sex.

Leonard Steinbach

Principal, Cultural Technology Strategies
Steinbach provides strategic technology consultation services to a broad range of museums and other cultural institutions internationally. Previously, he was Chief Information Officer and member of the Executive Committee of The Cleveland Museum of Art, where he was responsible for technology management and strategic initiatives. These activities garnered two American Association of Museum MUSE Awards, among other national recognition. He has been president of the Museum Computer Network and serves on the advisory board of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report – Museum Edition as well as committees and Boards of several museums and other cultural institutions. Mr. Steinbach was formerly Chief Technology Officer for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). He has spent more than 20 years in technology and senior management in higher education, research, and the arts and is an outspoken, published, advocate for professional, creative, and cost-effective management in the museum and cultural communities.

Andrea Tone

Associate Professor of History, Georgia Institute of Technology
Andrea Tone is a specialist in U.S. social, industrial, and gender history. Her publications include the recently released Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America, The Business of Benevolence: Industrial Paternalism in Progressive America, and Controlling Reproduction; An American History, which she edited. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 1992.

Mike Wallace

Director, Gotham Center and Professor of History, John Jay College, City University of New York
Dr. Wallace has served as a senior historical consultant and talking head for Ric Burns’ PBS Special, New York: A Documentary Film; he has advised many local museums, notably the New York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York; and he has lectured on historical issues in many parts of the country and around the world. Most notably, he is the co-author of Gotham: A History of the City to 1898, which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History. He is now working independently on the second volume of Gotham: A History of New York City, which will carry the story up through the 20th Century. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Veronica Vera

Actress, Activist
Veronica Vera is the creator and founder of Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls in New York City. She is a sex rights activist and has authored hundreds of articles on human sexuality, performed internationally, lectured at Yale and Dartmouth, and testified for freedom of expression in Washington, D.C.