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Published on Apr 21, 2017
Lea Roth and Nastassja Schmiedt recount their personal journey that led to the creation of a new movement in Millennial sex education and the founding of Spring Up, a multimedia activist collective creating a space for conflict transformation through intentional myth making.
NASTASSJA SCHMIEDT AND LEA ROTH were the organizers and lead complainants on a 2013 federal complaint against Dartmouth College to the Department of Education regarding the institution’s handling of sexual violence and hate crimes on campus. In 2013, Lea and Nastassja created Spring Up (timetospringup.org), a multimedia activist collective making a space for conflict transformation through intentional mythmaking. The two appeared on stage with 50 other survivors and Lady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars in a breakthrough statement for the sexual assault movement and contributed to the moving anthology “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out.” Their student activism is featured in the award-winning 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground” and the forthcoming “Silent College.” Nastassja and Lea co-authored Millennial Sex, a collection of short stories exploring themes of desire, consent, and millennial sexuality, and they co-host the Phoenix Moment Podcast. They enjoy making bowties for their cats Audre and Wilhelm. Nastassja and Lea are engaged and planning their union ceremony in Colorado!
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx