Since 2005, Karrine Steffans has served as keynote speaker, lecturer, classroom participant and teacher to a variety of universities and schools, as well as public and private organizations. With an extemporaneous and inspirational speaking style, the author connects with students, faculty, executives, and employees on a human level. Straightforward and emotional in her delivery, Steffans touches the hearts and expands the minds of all who have had the privilege of being in conversation with her.
Having been described as a radical feminist, Steffans' expertise lies in the fields of gender and respectability politics, with special interest in sex and sexuality, male/female interpersonal relationships, gender roles, shaming and judgement. As a domestic violence survivor, the author also speaks passionately on the subject and has developed a supplementary curriculum based on her Violence as a Language theory and keynote lecture points.
A selective list of Steffans' lectures, university course adoptions, and other professional points of interest can be found here. At this time, the author is only able to extend speaking services to higher learning institutions, private and public organizations. No personal requests will be granted. All speaking requests can be made below.
Spring Semester Keynotes/Workshops & Remuneration
Dr. Walter Kimbrough, PhD: President, Dillard University
“She challenges sexual hypocrisy and exposes the many ways society gives men a free pass for sexual exploration, while repudiating women for sexual agency.”
Dr. Karin Stanford, PhD: Associate Dean, College of Humanities at California State University, Northridge
"With insight and courage, Karrine probes and defies the 'Culture of Shame' that surrounds women who dare to speak out against gendered violence, exploitation, and sexual abuse."
Dr. Thomas Landefeld, PhD: Professor of Biology and Pre-Health Advisor at California State University, Dominguez Hills
"Her life experiences and how she has dealt with them not only inspire the students but also motivate them to make a difference."
Dr. Monica Miller, PhD: Professor of Religion, Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University
“[Karrine is] …one of the most important figures in pop culture to discuss gender, sexuality, and race.”
Dr. Shayne Lee, PhD: Professor of Sociology at University of Houston
“[Karrine is] ...an erotic revolutionary who, almost singlehandedly, reshapes black sexual politics by inspiring fruitful discussion about female sexuality and mistreatment, and deconstructing gender double standards.”
Recent Keynotes & Workshops:
Cast Centers on Tour with the Future Now Tour: The Beauty of Self Care
July 27, 2016: Karrine Steffans delivers a powerful, emotional lecture in Columbus, Ohio as part of Cast Centers on Tour, during the Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato's Future Now tour. Speaking to a group of at-rick youth and their parents, Steffans connects with the audience by utilizing her personal experience with low self-esteem and depression.
California State University, Northridge: The Pertinence of the Black Female Experience: Its Recollection and Distribution
November 10, 2015: Karrine Steffans delivers a lecture at California State University's Northridge campus. A guest of Professors Karin Stanford, Raquel Kennon, and Theresa White, Steffans speaks to a classroom filled with students of 'The Black Woman in Contemporary Times' and a Pop Culture class.
Dillard University: Violence as a Language
October 21, 2015: Karrine Steffans serves as keynote speaker at Dillard University during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, by invitation of the university's president, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, PhD. Below is the her keynote address, in its entirety, followed by a brief question and answer period and the author's closing remarks. Firstly, Dr. Walter Kimbrough delivers a moving introduction.
California State University, Dominguez Hills: Violence as a Language
October 14, 2014: Karrine Steffans gives a classroom lecture at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Dr. Thomas Landefeld's Human Biology class, a class she visits yearly. It is during this lecture that the author developed her Violence as a Language theory, upon which she currently expounds at other campuses, nationally.