Jason Hans is bringing sex to UK. An assistant professor in the Department of Family Studies and researcher in the area of human sexuality, Hans, with the assistance of three undergraduate co-coordinators: Barrett Gargala (Family Studies), Courtney Roberts (Family Studies), and Tricia Telles (Journalism), began planning Sex Week @ UK over 6 months ago after learning of a similar event at Yale University. The coordinating team expects Sex Week @ UK to be bigger than Sex Week at Yale. "I believe ours is going to far surpass what they do," said Hans. "We have multiple and major events scheduled for each day of the week, including debates and presentations by internationally known sex therapists and sex educators from both coasts."

Sex Week @ UK promotes a climate of sexual literacy by advocating for sexual health and well-being, educating about sexual diversity and marginalization, raising awareness of sexual exploitation, and initiating an informed, open, and sustained dialogue about human sexuality throughout the campus community.

The week-long event is being supported by Pure Romance, an in-home party company which offers an exclusive line of bedroom accessories. Cengage Learning, a textbook publisher for universities, corporations, and government agencies, is also lending its support. 

For more information on Sex Week @ UK, questions may be emailed to Dr. Hans at jhans@uky.edu.

Sex Week @ UK Schedule

Sex Education Day: Monday, October 5

  • 10AM-2PM - Sexual Health Fair  - Student Center Patio

    Visit informational booths from an array of campus and community organizations that focus on sexual health. Pick up free condoms, get tested for HIV, join a student group, get information about the services available to you at the UK Student Health Center, win prizes, and much more.

  • 7:00PM - Sex Education Debate - Memorial Hall

    How should we teach children and adolescents about sexuality? Sex educator and textbook author Dr. Janell Carroll with debate this question with Heritage of Kentucky President and CEO Greg Williams.

  • 8:30PM - Sex Toys 101 - Memorial Hall

    Myths and misconceptions surrounding bedroom accessories will be tackled. Discover the truth before getting naked!


Sex and the Arts Day: Tuesday, October 6

  • 8:00PM - Poetry Slams and Sensual Poetry - Third Street Stuff

    Listen and/or participate as sexually and sensually-charged creativity flows when art and poetry intersect.

  • 8-11PM - Sex in Art: Gallery Walk - Third Street Stuff 

    Browse an expressive display of sexuality through the art of UK students.

  • 9:30PM - Belly Dancing Class - Johnson Center

    Get in tune with your body's fluidity and sensuality in this belly-flaunting and hip-moving introduction to belly dancing.


Sexual Politics Day: Wednesday, October 7

  • 6:30PM - Religion and Sexuality: Multiple Perspectives - Young (Library) Auditorium

    A panel of clergy from a wide range of faiths-Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon-will discuss issues and approaches to sexuality within and across their faiths.

  • 8:00PM - America's War on Sex: Why Should You Care? - Memorial Hall

    Internationally acclaimed sex therapist, public policy analyst, and author Dr. Marty Klein will address issues covered in his most recent book, America's War on Sex.

  • 10:00PM - Belly Dancing Class - Johnson Center

    Get in tune with your body's fluidity and sensuality in this belly-flaunting and hip-moving introduction to belly dancing.


Sex Stories Day: Thursday, October 8

  • 6:30PM - Living with HIV: This is My Life - Young (Library) Auditorium

    Hear the stories, understand the experiences, and learn the fears of people living with HIV. Annette Owens, a dynamic and passionate speaker, is HIV+ and will give a first-person account of living with HIV.

  • 7:30PM - Vagina Monologues - Worsham Theater

    A whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues, introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who "liked to look at it."

  • 10:00PM - Film Series: Kinsey: Let's Talk About Sex - Worsham Theater

    Dr. Alfred Kinsey, professor at Indiana University, reached celebrity status and profoundly influenced social and cultural values in the United States and beyond through his trailblazing sex research in the 1940s and early-1950s. This award-winning film chronicles Dr. Kinsey's life and work.


Sex and Romance Day: Friday, October 9

  • 10AM-4PM - Coming Out Day - Student Center Patio

    Gays, lesbians, anyone in between, and those who champion them come together in a supportive and fun atmosphere to celebrate one another. Includes music, face painting, a bake sale, gay trivia, an ally pledge, and more fun activities than you can shake a stick at!

  • 6:30PM - Date Night Dinner and Entertainment - Student Center Grand Ballroom

    An opportunity for singles to mingle over a sit-down dinner and entertainment. 

  • 11:00PM - Sex Week After-Party - Mia's

    A Sex Week sponsored after party (with DJ) in the "upstairs" room at Mia's. All ages (18+) welcome, and amazing drink specials for those 21+.


Sexual Safety Day: Sunday, October 11

  • 2:30PM - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - Downtown Lexington

    Meet at our booth located on south side of Main Street near MLK Jr. Blvd., across from Subway)

    The international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Guys will walk a mile in women's heels through the closed streets of downtown Lexington. Ladies, come to support the men! Sign up at any Sex Week event. Check-in begins at 2:00PM. Also, enjoy the food, entertainment, and exercise opportunities of Second Sunday.