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Theme: Stimulating Ideas

This event occurred on
May 22, 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Tucson, AZ
United States

Our May Salon presents multi-disciplinary perspectives on the topic of sex. Speakers and videos will raise ideas and questions about sex from evolutionary, political, human rights, artistic, and technological frameworks. Join us for an evening of "stimulating" ideas and conversation.

The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ, 85716
United States
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Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is an Associate Professor of Practice at The University of Arizona, as a faculty member of the Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department for over 12 years. After getting an undergraduate degree in Biology from Reed College he worked at various jobs including a position as a horticulturist at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. He later received his Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science from The University of Arizona and shortly afterwards accepted a Lecturer position in the same Department. He is a Bart Cardon Teaching Academy Fellow, and works closely with the UA Honors College, serving on the Curriculum Committee and teaching two Honors classes, including HNRS 170A1 Human Reproduction and the Environment. He also teaches several classes for Soil, Water and Environmental Science, including the introductory Soil Science Class. Outside of the fall and spring semesters he co-teaches a summer class in Namibia and a winter class in Ecuador, and is developing a second summer class in Australia, all through the UA Study Abroad program. He has received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Teaching Award, the Provost’s General Education Teaching Award, and was a finalist for this year’s UA Five Star Faculty Award.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall is a co-founder of Southern Arizona Against Slavery, a small local nonprofit fighting human trafficking. After creating an interdisciplinary undergraduate major about modern-day slavery, he began a JD program at the University of Arizona College of Law, where he is focusing on anti-trafficking law and policy. He has assisted survivors of human trafficking with legal matters ranging from immigration assistance to expungement of the wrongful prostitution convictions of sex trafficking victims. He has also been involved with an innovative Tucson program that equips prostituted people with holistic resources to empower them to exit prostitution, in sharp contrast to traditional prostitution enforcement. After graduation, Andy hopes to work for a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive legal services to survivors of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. He is happily married to Chelsea.

Jes Baker

Jes Baker is internationally recognized for her writing on the successful blog, The Militant Baker and for taking on Abercrombie & Fitch by challenging the line’s body exclusionary business tactics through mock,black-and-white ads that attracted international coverage.

Lola Torch

Emilie Marchand, also known as Lola Torch, is a local singer and performance artist who has been a core member of Black Cherry Burlesque for 8 years. She grew up in Round Lake, New York where she studied music and dance and performed in school choirs, dance productions, and interpretive movement groups. She moved to Tucson in 1999 and immediately became a staple in the local music scene with her velveteen vocals at the front of various musical projects such as The Fashionistas, Pearl Handled Pistol, and Kiss and the Tells. She began singing in Black Cherry Burlesque shows and eventually merged her singing talents with the art of striptease after her immersion in the burlesque world led to a heightened level of confidence. She has since become a mentor to aspiring burlesque artists and offers workshops that seek to heal and empower women to love their bodies and strengthen their confidence.

Organizing team


Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Mary Reed
    Curator of All Good Things
  • Vivian Sampson
    Marketing Maven
  • Logan Kurtz
    Event and Marketing Coordinator; Website Designer
  • Ryan Sonnenberg
    Director of First Impressions
  • Audrey de la Rosa
    Sponsorship Alchemist
  • Taryn Wintersteen
    Scenic Designer
  • Liz Nguyen
    Secret Agent
  • Melissa Godar
    Solution Seeker & Action Advocate
  • Heidi Jaenicke
    Social Media Guru
  • Steven Arnold
    Tech Support