Archive for category Au2014

November 24 Local Event: Film (Il Rosa Nudo)

In 5440,  I speak of Rudolf Brazda… the “Last Pink Triangle” and we often hear – in a short clip filmed a few years before his death – about his personal story of internment under the Nazi Rule. What follows is information about a documentary about another pink triangle… this is also on my REFLECTIONS page and IS an extra credit opportunity for those in my 5440 class.


Dates: November 24, 2014
Location: Drexel Theatre
Hours: Monday 7-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:2254 E. Main St.Columbus, 43209

Il Rosa Nudo (Naked Rose) is an experimental film inspired by the life of the French ‘Pink Triangle’ deported Pierre Seel. At the very young age of seventeen, Sell was arrested by the Nazis during the war on charges of homosexuality and sent to a concentration camp. In 1982 he was the first homocaust survivor to denounce the atrocities he witnessed.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

November 21st, 2014 Local Activity: Film

This does appear on my extra credit page (reflections for students) for 5440 students, but since I just learned of it and it is tomorrow, I wanted to share it here


Dates: November 21, 2014
Location: CCAD Canzani Center Auditorium
Hours: Friday 6-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:60 Cleveland Ave.Columbus, 43215

City of the Damned focuses on LGBT rights in the face of the brutal anti-homosexuality bill before the Ugandan Parliament. Although the death penalty has been withdrawn from the bill due heavily to international pressure, punishments are harsh and public opinion remains the biggest threat to the Ugandan LGBT community. The daring non-governmental organization Youth on Rock Foundation is fighting against this stigma by promoting economic empowerment among its members.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (MESSAGES for ALL STUDENTS)


Yes, Carmen is still DOA.

Until we can utilize our online system, this will have to suffice. If you are stressed out about the Carmen crash, just remember… it’s not your fault or responsibility. We – as instructors – are stressed too, but we will certainly not penalize you for the system’s failure. All work will be made up… continue to read and prepare for class, do the work you can, and we’ll figure out the rest – I promise.

Check HERE on this blog for any/all updates. That is your responsibility. Do what you can. That is my expectation of you at this point in time.

Worried about the schedule? Check out yesterday’s post that included the remaining schedules for all of my classes… along with the question prompts for extra credit in case you wish to work on that.

With any luck, Carmen will be up and running before day’s end. This was the message this morning. You can visit OIT at their status page to keep tabs, OR simply click on the NOTIFY tab that appears on that page in blue (see below) so they can include you on the “all’s well” email when they are finished.

carmen message 11 13 2014What follows is information for specific courses:

MON/WED 2367

Read as scheduled and I will see you on Monday.

TUE/THU 2367

Read as scheduled. We’ll have lecture and discussion today and you will have some time to work in groups as well.

TUE/THU 5440

In today’s class, we will be visited by the PolyColumbus Panel

They’ll talk about their organization and their individual experiences, which include blogging.

We will also be joined by a reporter from 614 Magazine who has been following the PolyColumbus folks around this past week as they hosted their annual event and monthly meeting.

We will alter our expectations for the final papers/projects as we’ve lost nearly a week of Carmen and the discussion/collaboration opportunities it provides. I will give this serious thought this weekend and we’ll pick this up on Tuesday. I’ll give thought to your abilities with other work you’ll be making up, and come up with something that allows you to enjoy the experience (and learn from it) without driving you into madness. Stay tuned.

That’s all for now… well, except for this…


Leave a comment

Schedules and Student Info (Since Carmen is unavailable)

Students… Carmen is still down. Please see previous post about this which includes a link to the OIT page where you can check on progress.

Since many of you – like your instructor – embrace the paperless way, many of you are without the schedule.

I am attaching those schedules below so you can keep track of readings/schedule/work.

I am also attaching a few documents that may be of assistance (such as the Extra Credit Prompt Sheets)

Understand that work – generally turned in on Carmen – will need to be held by students until the system is up and running.

*This intellectual property is being shared with my students alone and is not for dissemination outside of our course.

MON/WED 2367 Schedule

schedule au14 mon wed 2367 updated 10_22_2014

TUE/THU 2367 Schedule

tue thu 2367 au 14 schedule

TUE/THU 5440 Schedule

au 5440 remaining schedule

EXTRA CREDIT PROMPTS (This applies to all students – all classes)

Assignment_Music Integration Guidelines all classes Assignment_reflection guidelines all

Assignment_reflection guidelines all

1 Comment

Carmen Down – System Issues

As of this morning, the ENTIRE D2L (Carmen) system was STILL down for students, staff, and faculty.

Please read the Carmen front page or follow the link to the OSU IT’s update page for more complete information.

How does this affect us in the SHORT TERM?

Well, we’re screwed in terms of using any Carmen features. We have no control over that.

I will – as I mentioned at the beginning of the semester – use THIS blog to convey critical info if I have any.

Classes meet as scheduled. Luckily, tomorrow is a holiday and all of us are off… giving a bit of breather while they work to fix the issues.

What are the LONG TERM ramifications?

We don’t know what data loss – if any – has been experienced. We’ll know more when the system is operational.

So, we wait and we continue to do our work as best we can. That’s all we can do. Oh, and we TRY to be patient with the folks who are working – likely ’round the clock at this point – to fix the issues. They are stressed enough without us piling more upon them.





, , , ,

Leave a comment

Speakers: PolyColumbus Panel (November 13, 2014 @ 11:10 am)



Representatives from PolyColumbus will visit my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) on November 13, 2014. from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm. If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a square of carpet.

FROM THEIR WEBSITE: PolyColumbus empowers individuals that either self-identify as polyamorous, open, or ethically non-monogamous, or are exploring such possibilities. We build community to provide a safe and inclusive place to not only be ourselves, but also meet like-minded individuals from all backgrounds. We advocate for the equal treatment of the ethically non-monogamous under law, and for broader societal acceptance of the same. We serve organizations with similar goals by documenting best practices and creating other resources for successfully running such an organization. Finally, we educate each other, allied organizations, and the broader community on what it means to be ethically non-monogamous.


*If you – or someone you know – is interested in this group, more information is available on their website:

*For additional information, about purposeful non-monogamy,  I recommend a visit to Looking Through.Us
looking through* Interested in the annual weekend-long polyamory summit right here in Columbus?
beyond the love
Visit that website ( ) for complete info.

, , , , , ,

1 Comment

Speakers: Barak and Sheba (October 23, 2014 11:10 am – 12:30 pm)

Barak & Sheba will be speaking at my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143)  on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm. If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a square of carpet.

This panel is offered to students along with readings:

Barak & Sheba are pansexual, polyamorous, married partners who reside in Columbus, Ohio; with some gigantic cats. They are Contributing Authors for Sexis Online Magazine and have written numerous short stories and essays on Polyamory, Kink, and Sacred Sexuality. Traveling around the country, they present classes for Kink, Leather, and Vanilla audiences. On the first Monday of each month, you can hear them talking about all forms of creative sexual expression on BS’ing with Barak & Sheba hosted by the Erotic Awakenings Podcast network. Together they are the founding members and owners of Adventures in Sexuality(AIS), a fun, frolicking, PanPolyBSDM/Kink group in Central Ohio. Through AIS they are Coalition members of the NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) are active supporters of The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO). They currently promote Pansexual BDSM Educational Events in Central Ohio.

In their “Intro to Kink” presentation, they introduce the audience to the Who, What, Why, Where and How of Sensation, Roleplay, Fetish, and Bondage. You are hearing about Bondage, BDSM, Kinky Sex, and many of the taboo buzzwords thrown all over, since 50 shades came out. But what does it all mean? How do people “spice” up their relationship without going overboard? In this informational class, they discuss the general avenues that make up Kink, Alt Sex, or Creative sexuality. They offer some general guidelines, and provide a PG-13 rated “show and tell” that illustrates some key points.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Speaker: Nick Wolak and Evolved Body Art (Thursday, October 9, 2014)


Nick Wolak – along with artists from his local enterprises – will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 143) on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm. If you wish to bring a friend, make certain to tell them that chairs are not part of the bargain. There are just enough chairs for students enrolled in the class. All others should be prepared to grab a square of carpet.

This panel is offered to students along with a reading based on the research of Rivardo & Keelan* which examined correlations between body modifications (i.e., tattoos and piercings), sexual activity, and religious practices and beliefs.

From his Website:

Nick Wolak is the proud parent of two amazing children – Lennox Jahi and Ayala Itzel.  He and his wonderful partner, Jennifer have dedicated their years together to balancing the endless tasks and joys of parenthood, academia, yoga/judo, body modification, meditation and traveling.

Nick has been in the industry since 1995 at Dos Gavachos Y Un Chilango Tattoos in Acapulco, Mexico. He has traveled to more than thirty countries where he has visited studios, done guest spots, and taken part in body modification rituals & ceremonies.

Nick completed his Masters degree at the Ohio State University in Somatic and Cultural Studies in 2002. His final project, “Somatic Piercing: The Art and Ritual of Body Piercing” portrays his experiences in body rituals as well as illuminates other piercers’ views on the matter.

Instructor Note: Here are just a few of the things that keep Nick creatively connected to the Columbus community (and beyond):





Image of Nick Wolak found on Pinteret:

* Students read the 2010 Article: Body modifications, sexual activity, and religious practices

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Speaker: Tara McBride (Thursday, October 2, 2014)

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Yes, for previous students… this is the same Tara (she got married!) 

Tara McBride will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 143) on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. Tara is a local attorney who graciously offers her time to my students. Active in the local LGBT community, Tara is a tireless activist supporting equal rights for all people. Her brief presentation is followed by an informative Question&Answer period. Previous students have described her visit as life changing… and that echoes my sentiments.  She is amazing. If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it’s standing room only… you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? Same thing applies. Make certain to tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain.

This IS an extra credit opportunity for students in my 2367 class.

More about Tara:  In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. In 1999, she partially completed a MBA degree, at the College of William and Mary, before relocating to Columbus. In 2005, Tara graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Following graduation from law school, she has served as General Counsel / Contracts Manager for a mid-sized, construction-industry company, in Lexington, KY. In 2008, she relocated back to Columbus, in order to start her own law practice. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic/family law, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender law, contract law, construction law, and civil litigation. Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues; she has spoken numerous times at The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Law School, Capital University Law School, Dennison University, Ohio Northern University, Transylvania University, Columbus Alternative High School, the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the LGBT Subcommittee of the Columbus Bar Association. She has been a presenter at the TransOhio Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). She has also spoken on LGBT issues at the 2010 Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference, the 2011 Equality Ohio CAUSE Conference at Columbus State Community College, before the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and the Columbus Police Academy.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that may appear below. They are not endorsed by me and simply the “cost of doing business” on a this host.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Speaker: C.J. aka technicolor (September 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am)

technicolorAs a community educator, C.J. spreads a sex-positive message on-the-clock and off. She will be on the Ohio State University’s Main Campus this semester to discuss sex toys and their care. After sharing her experiences working at an adult toy store, she’ll answer questions about the types of merchandise offered at stores like GCJ: ( The Garden , The Chamber, and The Joint).

C.J. will be speaking in my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm on September 25th. If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously? YES, you may come. Students are welcome to bring guests (provided the individuals are over 18 years of age, respectful, and open minded). Please note: This is a full session which means that extra guests will be sitting on the floor or standing. Plan accordingly.

C.J. is willing to stay after class to talk further with students. She wishes to remind students that they are eligible for a 10% student discount at her stores by showing their Student I.D. Cards.


C.J.’s Video Choice: Sex by Lovage

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment