In addition to the aforementioned lectures, Scott has also given talks on the following subjects:
- Courage in the Face of Illness
- The Casualties of Love: How to Survive a Broken Heart
- Judaism & Homosexuality: In connection with a showing of the documentary Trembling Before G-d
- Gay Media vs. Gay Reality
- The Laws of Forgiveness: How to Give and Recieve an Apology
- “I Wore a Red Ribbon:” The History of the AIDS Epidemic and How We Went From Crisis to Complacency
- Living With HIV: An Owner’s Manual for Newly Infected and Long-Term Survivors
- HIV/AIDS Patient-Provider Care and Management
- Tools of the Trade: Advice from a Seasoned Sex Educator
- The Criminalization of HIV
AIDS 201: A Crash Course on All That’s New in the World of HIV Today, Including PEP, PrEP, VL, BB and Other Acronyms
At the Middle School level:
The day includes three separate one-hour assemblies to the entire middle school, each delivered with age-appropriate material. The 6th grade class learns about the consequences of bullying, the power of words, and the ways in which they can hurt as well as heal. The 7th grade class learns about refusal skills, emotional safety and Scott’s story of HIV. The 8th grade class hears a combination of both, as well as an intensive study into their secret lives. The rest of the day is devoted to smaller classroom conversations for the 8th grade students, which serve as follow-up and question/answer sessions.
At the High School Level:
The day begins by combining 1st and 2nd periods for an all-school assembly, or an entire grade, at the very least. The rest of the day is devoted to smaller classroom conversations which act as debriefing sessions. More importantly, this format provides a safer setting for those students that may not have the courage in the large assembly to ask the more pertinent and personal questions. Following the final period of the day, there is an “after-school group” meeting, with either the GSA, SADD, or AIDS Ribbon Club. The day ends with an important evening conversation for the parents, as part of a regularly scheduled PTA meeting or special event.
At the College/University level:
Scott commits to doing at least three lectures beginning with a huge campus-wide presentation involving as many students as possible, pertaining to the spiritual and emotional issues surrounding the secret lives of college students. This talk is open to fraternity/sorority students, as well as the GLBT, AIDS Ribbon Project members, and other various campus organizations that are willing to get involved. The second talk can be a smaller, yet extremely important session, pertaining to sex and transmission of STIs, the “everything you always wanted to know but were never really taught” talk. This session usually follows the keynote address, in a different, more intimate setting. For a Jewish perspective, on a Friday night oneg, or an afternoon lunch and learn, this discourse provides the religious and cultural angles as well as incorporate formal Jewish text and current Jewish philosophers/poets in order to illustrate a better way in which to value our lives. For a more creative format, Scott can speak in an informal setting, such as a rap session in a specific dorm lounge or individual club or sorority; teaching part of or all of a class, i.e., Health or Intro to Psychology 101, etc., and finally, a moving talk with the LGBT or Pride Group on campus.
Specifically geared for BBYO, NFTY and USY events
The weekend begins with a 90-minute keynote address on Friday night, delivered to all the participants and advisors/staff. Subsequent sessions take place throughout the following day, including but not limited to “separates.” These gender-specific talks enable the teens to more freely process and discuss their feelings that arise during the keynote address. The extended time period of a weekend retreat allows for more one-on-one discussion with the teens and gives them a chance to truly be seen and heard on a more individual basis. The weekend ends with a Sunday morning friendship circle.