Expert on Men and Masculinity to Speak at RVCC

The public is invited to a lecture on “Hypermasculinity and Sexual Assault,” featuring Dr. Michael Kimmel, Monday, April 20, at 4 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College. Presented by the Women’s Center: Empowerment Through Education for Gender Equality at RVCC, the free program will be held in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus.

Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Kimmel has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities, and has offered presentations at many of the world’s leading corporations on engaging men in support of gender equality.

Kimmel’s work is based on interviews with more than 400 young men. His program will focus on such questions as: What does it mean to be a man today? What are the forces directing the development of manhood? What is the relationship between a sense of camaraderie in male peer groups and derogatory attitudes toward women?  What is hypermasculinity and how does it relate to sexual assault? Kimmel will then discuss what is happening today as young people create their own identities. He also will guide the audience to changes that can lead to developing more fully functioning adults while reducing violence against women.

Kimmel is the author of more than 20 books, including Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996), which was hailed as the definitive work in the field. His best-seller, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008), investigates young people’s lives today. Featured in major television and radio interviews, the book was praised in all major media outlets and feature film rights were optioned to DreamWorks. His most recent book, Angry White Men (2013), examines various groups of men that believe that they’ve become the new victims of discrimination in America—from men’s rights activists, to fathers’ rights groups, to White Nationalists.

All programming for the Women’s Center is supported by a generous grant from the RVCC Foundation. Additional support for the program has been provided by the Humanities, Social Science, and Education Department; RVCC Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges; Office of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Mimi McCarthy Dumville, 908-526-1200, ext. 8302 or mdumvill@raritanval.edu.

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