Sex Science Happy Hour with host Dr. Kristen Mark

SSHH logoSex Science Happy Hour is a new bi-monthly series from the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health to disseminate sex, gender, and relationship science to the Twin Cities! We rotate through spaces in the Twin Cities to bring science to the community in an approachable and casual setting.Dr. Kristen MarkDan Savage

What does it mean to be a “furry”? How long really is the average penis? What happens when a woman orgasms? The Institute for Sexual and Gender Health invites you to the first Sex Science Happy Hour, with world-class answers to your questions about sex. Join your host, sex and relationship expert Dr. Kristen Mark, as she brings the science to your burning questions! 

Each Sex Science Happy Hour, Dr. Mark will bring a different expert to shed light on what is still a taboo topic: sex! In September, Dan Savage joins us in our quest for knowledge. Tickets are free but registration is required due to imited capacity.

Date and time

Wed, September 29, 2021
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Doors open at 7:30 PM


BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55104


DAN SAVAGE (he/him) is an author, media pundit, journalist, and LGBT activist. He writes Savage Love, an internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column, and hosts the popular Savage Lovecast. He is the author of several books including The Kid, It Gets Better, The Commitment, Skipping Toward Gomorrah, American Savage, and Savage Love. In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. He has curated the HUMP! Film Festival since 2005, which showcases home-movie erotica, amateur sex cinema, and locally produced pornography.

Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH, CSE (she/her) is a sex and relationship researcher and educator. She is the current Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in Sexual Health Education and Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH). She is affiliate faculty at the Kinsey Institute with a national and international reputation as a sexual scientist and educator. Her research program centers around sexual well-being, specifically the maintenance of sexual and relationship satisfaction and sexual desire in long-term relationships, sexual function and dysfunction, sexual trauma, and sexual desire discrepancy.

Dr. Mark is committed to community advocacy for inclusive comprehensive sexual health education that integrates messages of sexual pleasure and works to change sex education policy at state and national levels. Dr. Mark holds degrees in psychology, family science, biostatistics, and public health and her research and therapeutic approaches are as interdisciplinary as her training. She consistently publishes her scientific research in the top journals and has presented her work through hundreds of talks nationally and internationally. Additionally, Dr. Mark is regularly relied upon as an expert to digest sex and relationship science to print, radio, and television media. 


Parking: Plenty of street parking, limited parking lot shared with other local businesses.
COVID-19: Regardless of vaccination status, all attendees are encouraged to wear a mask indoors.
This event will be recorded. Registering for a ticket indicates your acknowledgement and consent to this recording.