• April 16, 2020
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/16/2020 7:00 pm 04/16/2020 America/Los_Angeles (Cancelled) On Sex and Tech On Sex and Tech: A Big Ideas Talk with Michelle Marzullo California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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In light of the shelter-in-place directive from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and our continued commitment to helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to cancel all CIIS Public Programs events through April 30. 

As a result, On Sex and Tech on April 16, 2020 is cancelled at this time.

If you have tickets for this event, you should have received an email notifying you of the cancellation and your ticket fees should have been refunded in full. If you did not receive any information from us, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu so that we can assist you.

While we know you can’t join us in person right now, we invite you to connect with us on our podcast and listen to our hundreds of archived talks and conversations. 

These are unprecedented times, and non-profit organizations that present public events like ours are facing an uncertain future. Ticket sales from CIIS Public Programs events provide crucial support to the University, and this support will be affected by these cancellations. If you would like to support our work, and help to ensure the future of Public Programs and CIIS, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation equal to the cost of a ticket. It’s a small action that can have a big impact on the future of CIIS Public Programs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at 415-575-6175 or email us at publicprograms@ciis.edu. We look forward to seeing you at events in the future.


Technology has always impacted sexuality—from love potions to dating apps, poppers to erectile dysfunction meds, vibrators to biomedical hacks. These actions are usually taken to optimize our desires, selves, attractiveness, and reproductive fitness. But there are more complex reasons for our motivations. Gender and sexuality are fundamental organizing concepts for the actions we take in making ourselves, and our perceptions of gender and sexuality are constantly shifting.

How do we make sense of ourselves, our bodies, and our society in a new age of media, augmented reality, and biotechnology? Is the rise of sexual fluidity and the rejection of modernist ideas on sexual orientation a response to recent technological advancements?

Join CIIS Professor and Chair of Human Sexuality PhD Program Michelle Marzullo for a unique talk exploring how human sexuality responds to and is influenced by technology. Dr. Marzullo examines emerging trends for insights into how our relationships to ourselves and each other are informed by expanding technology.

Michelle Marzullo

Michelle A. Marzullo, PhD currently serves as Chair and Professor of the Human Sexuality PhD Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, leading only the second such fully accredited PhD program in the US. Dr. Marzullo is a practicing anthropologist and academic. Dr. Marzullo’s work engages issues of sexuality, marriage and economics in the United States, LGBTQIA+ access to higher education, ethics in online research methodology, and workplace diversity and inclusion issues. Dr. Marzullo has engaged a wide range of studies including policy, programmatic, public health, organizational effectiveness, and marketing research with Fortune 100 companies. The notable organizations Dr. Marzullo has engaged with include: Ernst & Young, the Point Foundation, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration through Rescue Social Change Group, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, California Department of Public Health’s Program Development and Evaluation Unit (CDPH) through the Sequoia Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, and Prevention through Partnership for Prevention, Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research, the California Gay Straight Alliance Policy Project, National Sexuality Resource Center, and Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Marzullo holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Western Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in Anthropology concentrating on Race, Gender and Social Justice from American University in Washington, DC. In her free time, she wanders wide open fields with her dogs Samson & Delilah.

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