When: Fri., Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m.
Chronogram Conversations, in partnership with Radio Kingston, presents this panel discussion with community leaders, academics, public officials, therapists, and activists and moderated by Hillary Harvey, editor-at-large at Chronogram and host of Radio Kingston’s weekly news program “The Source.” Confirmed panelists include Mid-Hudson Planned Parenthood CEO Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, Dr. Eve Waltermaurer of SUNY New Paltz, and finance and tech industry veteran Tameka Ramsey. More notable panelists will be added. This event is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. Donations will be accepted at the door. When civil rights activist Tarana Burke created the “Me Too” movement in 2006, it was to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault in society. In October 2017, it became a hashtag, denouncing sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. But the realization that American expectations of heteronormative behavior (what Meghan O’Rourke in the New York Times magazine called, the consensus of shared reality) pervaded all spheres of American society became clear as certain patriarchs of stand-up comedy, major media networks, public radio, and politics were taken down. Considered a pivotal moment for women’s rights and gender equality, the #MeToo movement itself was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. While the conversation has been widely lauded, it also requires additional deliberation. As we ponder the repercussions of this societal awakening, the question of where to go next or what to do next begs to be asked.