Nancy Nowacek is the creator of M_______, The Menopause project. She is an artist, designer and associate professor of Art & Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. Her work focuses on the habits and practices of daily life as they relate to the natural and built environment, and the systems that produce and are produced in them. Her current practice encompasses research within the fields of climate change, urban water ecology, policy and regulation, garbage and discard, the history of labor, and feminism and aging.
She has presented works in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Windsor, Toronto, Caracas, and Amsterdam, and has lectured, participated on panels and roundtables, and run workshops extensively in academic, art, design, cultural and educational contexts across North and South America. In addition to her curatorial and organizational work on MVR, she created “CB Radio” a 2-season radio series on the waterways for Clocktower Radio and has organized panels and events on the waterways and the future of the city, social practice, art, games and play, and the multiple dimensions of menopause.
Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Her work addresses scales of intimacy, where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand, and daily life as a site of deep research. Her current project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an eight-chapter investigation into one-on-one social interaction. Chloë is a 2017–2018 Workspace resident at the Center for Book Arts, and a 2017 studio resident at Triangle Arts Association. Her projects have appeared in recent exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book will be published by the Operating System in December 2017; her writing is most often found on Hyperallergic. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY. http://chloebass.com/
Paola Citterio was born in 1964 in a small village close to Milan, Italy. She received her Master of Fine Art in Scenografy from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, NABA, in Milan 1986. She finds artistic inspiration in her family life, creating sculptures that blend the traditional craftwork she learned from the women in her childhood home, with found metal objects from the city. There is always an element of surprise in Paola’s work, as she likes her audience to engage with her pieces and discover them inside and out. http://www.paolacitterio.com/
Joan Chrisler is a strong believer in "writing to learn" and in connecting course concepts to everyday life experiences, popular culture and items in the news. Chrisler is internationally known for her research and writing on the psychology of women and gender and women's health issues, particularly on weight, eating behavior, body image, menopause, attitudes toward menstruation, and menstrual cycle-related changes. She regularly teaches courses on Psychology of Women, Health Psychology, Psychology of Women's Health and Intimate Relationships. She has published ten books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern (2012, Praeger); Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology [Volume 1 - Gender Research in General & Experimental Psychology; Volume 2 - Gender Research in Social & Applied Psychology] (2010, Springer); Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives (2007, Springer); and From Menarche to Menopause: The Female Body in Feminist Therapy (2004, Haworth). Other titles include Arming Athena: Career Strategies for Women in Academe, New Directions in Feminist Psychology, Lectures on the Psychology of Women, Variations on a Theme: Diversity and the Psychology of Women, and Charting a New Course for Feminist Psychology. Her current project is a book titled "Woman's Embodied Self: Feminist Psychological Perspectives."
Maureen Connor has been an artist and educator since the 1970s started menopause at age 42!!. Her current project, How to Perform an Abortion, https://www.howtoperformanabortion.com/, a collaboration with choreographer and artist Eugenia Manwelyan, is a learning and art project that demystifies the historical, biological and ethical controversies surrounding fertility management. In 2018-19, How to Perform an Abortion is creating a series of gardens and accompanying workshops with a community-based organization and the Pharmacy Museum, both in New Orleans, LA, as a project of Antenna Works: Spillways Residency. She began teaching at Queens College, CUNY in 1990, and is now Emerita Professor of Art. Recognized for her feminist work from the 1980s and '90s, Connor has been included in numerous publications and exhibited widely in national and international venues. http://www.maureenconnor.net/
Maureen's collaborator Eugenia Manwelyan is a New York based choreographer, educator, and ecologist. She is the co-founder How to Perform an Abortion, and Arts and Ecology, Director of Eco Practicum, member of Best Praxis art collective, and a founding faculty of School of Apocalypse. Her work is rooted in pedagogies of power, social choreography, and the connections between creative practice and survival.Eugenia engages in ongoing investigations into the powers of indigeneity to reorient civilization toward a new paradigm for survival.
Lindsey Cormack starting powerlifting in 2013 after the birth of her daughter. She's lifted competitively in the New York and New Jersey circuit for the past 4 years in both the 114 and 105 weight class. In 2015 she won the Supreme Iron Warrior World Championships. In 2016 she was featured in Dave Kirschen's Strength Training Bible for Women. Working through an ACL replacement she hopes to be competing again in 2019. You can catch her leading powerlifting classes at Bowery Crossfit in Chinatown, NY.
Sasha is a freelance writer and project manager living in Los Angeles, California. The winding path of her professional life is a direct expression of her growth and development as a person. She strings past, current and future projects working with the fibers of her curiosity. She has been an made radio and podcasts, she has been an affineur, a restauranter, and is a writer/author. In 2018, she created the Imperfect Guides series, and has most recently published Menopause: An Imperfect Guide and How to Make Salads You Want to Eat.
Lena is the founder of Red Moon Wellness in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She is a clinical herbalist, licensed massage therapist, certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor and certified childbirth educator. She began studying herbal medicine over 10 years ago, first through two apprenticeships (one at Alba Nueva herb farm in Costa Rica with Dr. Ed Bernhardt and another at the Heartstone Herbal School near Ithaca, NY with Tammi Sweet and Kris Miller) and then went on to receive a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), formerly known as Tai Sophia Institute. She also completed a one-year post-graduate internship in clinical herbalism at MUIH's Natural Care Center.
Lena is currently a part-time faculty member at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in Manhattan where she teaches about female reproductive health and herbal therapeutics as well as herbs for the musculoskeletal system.
Paula Derry, Ph.D., is a health researcher, theorist, and educator. She works independently in Baltimore, Maryland, formerly as “Paula Derry Enterprises in Health Psychology,” currently as "Paula Derry Holistic Health Perspectives." Her thirty+ professional publications have spanned research on menstruation and menopause, motherhood, and metatheoretical issues in biology; her interest is in creating scientifically accurate, innovative, positive, holistic and transdisciplinary ways of thinking. With regard to menopause, she has been especially interested in explicating the normal course of menopause and in how professionals and their clients think about health issues. She views the normal human life span as, perhaps all-but-uniquely in the animal world, including a time of healthy adulthood post-menopause. She collaborated with her husband, an experimental physicist, on research demonstrating that the underlying biology of the menstrual cycle is the outcome of a nonlinear dynamical system, providing a possible biological basis for viewing menopause in a nonpathological manner. Dr. Derry has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University; postdoctoral training in research health psychology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and she independently studied biology in the departments of zoology and psychology at U.C., Berkeley. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research for eight years. She also is a practitioner of shiatsu (a touch therapy based in Chinese medicine) and integrative bodywork at Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore city. http://pauladerry.com/
Randi is a medical writer, lecturer at Yale University, Writer in Residence at Yale Medical School, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Randi has worked as a medical writer for the London bureau of The Associated Press and was the London bureau chief of Physicians’ Weekly. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Parents, More, among other newspapers and magazines. She has given Grand Rounds at New York University School of Medicine and the Yale University School of Medicine and has lectured at the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank (released by W.W. Norton, Jan 2010) and AROUSED: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything (W.W. Norton, 2018). Randi earned a B.S. from The University of Pennsylvania where she studied the history and sociology of science. She earned an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Randi lives in New York City with her husband, Stuart Epstein. They have four children. http://randihutterepstein.com/
Lainie is a Brooklyn-based composer, performer, teacher, organizer, and general proponent of new music. Her recent performance projects include writing for, laptoping, and singing in laptop ensemble Sideband, writing for and singing alto with avant vocal trio Celestial Mechanics (with sopranos Anne Hege and Sarah Paden) and writing for and singing with minimalist folk band Phthia (with Missy Mazzoli and Mila Henry on melodica, Sara Phillips Budde on clarinet, Andie Springer on fiddle, and James Moore on banjo). Lainie organizes the New Music Gathering, a yearly conference-style nation-wide event.
Lainie has performed or been programmed in several New York venues, including: The United Nations General Assembly, Carnegie Hall, Google HQ NYC, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Miller Theater, Tenri, and Monkeytown, She has occasionally performed at venues in California, (including Oakopolis), Connecticut, and Massachusetts. http://lainiefefferman.com/
Kate Gavriel is an activist working with National Women's Liberation.
Muksha is a recent graduate from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Muksha is very interested in women's health, especially breast cancer and its intersection with diet and lifestyle and she hopes to help people with her experience and knowledge. During her time at NYU, Muksha has worked as an Office Assistant,Teaching Assistant and a Project Assistant for nutrition research as well as at a private cancer organization. During her free time, she likes to read, cook, meditate and attend yoga classes as well as explore the city (especially New York Public Libraries!) Muksha’s dream is to work in the food industry and advocate for people’s health and well being.
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Amy Khoshbin is an Iranian-American Brooklyn-based artist merging performance, video, collage, costume and sound to examine our individual and collective compulsion to create, transform, and sometimes destroy the stories of who we are and who we think we should be. She produces media and mythologies using humor and a handmade aesthetic to throw a counterpunch at the high-definition, profit-generating codes and signals that American audiences are trained and accustomed to consuming. She has shown at venues such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Times Square Arts, The High Line, Leila Heller Gallery, Mana Contemporary, National Sawdust, and festivals such as River to River and South by Southwest. She has received residencies at spaces such as The Watermill Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Anderson Ranch, and Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a 2017 Franklin Furnace recipient and has received a Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant. Khoshbin has bachelor's degrees in Film and Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. She has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, Tina Barney, and poets Anne Carson and Bob Currie among others. http://tinyscissors.com/
Liz Margolies, LCSW, founder and executive director, has served the LGBT community for 25 years as a psychotherapist, political activist and volunteer before becoming the executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network. Liz is the co-chair of The NYC Lesbian Cancer Support Consortium, a network of oncology social workers and cancer survivors whose mission is to share resources, improve treatment of LBT survivors in institutions and agencies and reach out to underserved and underinsured LBT survivors in NYC. She is also on the Diversity Outreach Committee of The Young Survival Coalition and a member of The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Before founding the National LGBT Cancer Network, Liz was the original Coordinator of The Lesbian Cancer Initiative, the first program in NYC devoted exclusively to the needs of lesbians, bisexual women and transgender men and women with cancer. She both developed and directed the program, providing individual counseling, support groups, community outreach and training, advocacy, referrals and large public educational forums. In addition to her cancer and training work, Liz has maintained a private practice in psychotherapy in NYC for over 30 years, specializing in cancer, trauma, loss, sexuality and fertility.
Kyle Georgina Marsh is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, educator, and senior Pilates instructor. During recovery from a dance injury, Kyle pursued advanced education in Pilates instruction in 2013. She is a graduate of the 450-hour Polestar Pilates Teacher Training program with a full certification in mat, reformer, and all apparatus work from the Pilates Method Alliance. As a Pilates instructor, Kyle is dedicated to empowering each of her students to move mindfully and intelligently within their practice. Kyle, respects the capacity and potential for change in each individual and trains clients both privately and in group settings. She believes that "showing up" is half the battle and is devoted to designing a unique plan tailored for each client. Kyle graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in dance and holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She is also currently on faculty as a Senior Lead Teacher Trainer at the Equinox Pilates Training Institute. https://www.kylegeorginamarsh.com/
Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Art F City FAGallery, Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Roots & Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts in Greece. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally she studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade. Most recently Reed was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology. https://www.maconreed.com/
Nicole Tammelleo is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in sexuality and women’s health. After college she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Cameroon where her interest in empowering women and sexuality started. From there Nicole has worked at both the national and international level as an educator providing workshops, curriculum development and direct therapeutic service related to sexual health.
She earned an MA in Medical Anthropology as well as a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, the City University of New York. She has training in trauma informed therapy, dialectic behavior therapy and completed post-graduate training at the William Alanson White Institute in Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Nicole has created a holistic approach to sexuality and believes understanding one’s own sexuality is the best place to start.
Julie Torres Moskovitz
Torres Moskovitz is founder and principal architect of Fete Nature Architecture, pllc (FNA) - a vital, collaborative architecture firm whose process is founded in research and investigation of new ways to inhabit the urban fabric. This method of working is informed by an aptitude for green technologies, materiality and unique fabrication methods, within the realms of sustainability and social consciousness.
Riddhi serves as an Assistant Professor Of Practice in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Along with her faculty appointment, she is also the Ed.M. coordinator for the Counseling Program’s Masters Degrees in Professional and School Counseling. She provides individual and group services to South Asian survivors of domestic violence in New York City. Within a feminist-multicultural framework, her clients are encouraged to foster empowerment and cope with their current life struggles.She is also on the board for SALGA-NYC, a community organization that serves the needs of South Asian LGBTQI individuals and assist with the general functioning of the organization.
Her scholarly work demonstrates her commitment to understanding psychological health and barriers to accessing counseling resources by historically marginalized populations. Her interest in the counseling experience of international populations, particularly women from South Asian countries and sexual minority populations is evidenced in her scholarly publications and presentations.
Riddhi is also part of the art collective Queer Anga, a multiracial, multi-gender queer and trans wellness and community collective based in NYC. Our mission is to support queer and trans people, bodies, and community through movement, dialogue, food, and ritual. anga: noun. kingdom; body; practice. https://www.queeranga.com/