CatalystCon West Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Moderated by Lynn Comella #cconCK CatalystCon West - September 29, 2013


  1. In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Joycelyn Elders Surgeon General of the United States, making her the first African American and second woman to hold the position. An outspoken advocate for public health, including comprehensive sex education and reproductive rights, Dr. Elders was asked to resign after publicly stating that masturbation was a part of human sexuality and perhaps this fact should be taught to young people. In the decades since, she has continued to champion the causes of sex education, reproductive rights, and healthcare reform.

    In this intimate exchange, Dr. Elders will discuss how she overcame poverty, racism and sexism to become “America’s Doctor,” and her thoughts on the current state of sexual politics in the United States.