This is the second conference I’ve heard about in a week which meets my criteria for “conference of my dreams.” Scheduled for April 30th at New York University, Sex, Hope, & Rock ‘n’ Roll will, according to the website:
honor, remember, and critically situate the acclaimed New York writer Ellen Willis (1941-2006) and her work across politics, gender, and popular culture, with a special attention to her unique contribution to intellectual history within the fields of music journalism and feminist cultural criticism.
My friend Kate informed me about the conference last night and I immediately shrieked with delight and ran to my bookshelf to get my copy of No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays. Ellen Willis has had a profound impact on my feminism for a number of years. She was one of the first pro-sex feminists whose work I read, and essays such as “Lust Horizons: Is the Women’s Movement Pro-Sex?” and “Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism” continue to influence me.
The conference is organized by Evie Nagy, Daphne Carr, and Nona Willis Aronowitz, Willis’s daughter and co-author of the 2009 book Girl Drive. Confirmed speakers for the event include Joan Morgan, Kathleen Hanna, and Stanley Aronowitz.