February 17, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Michael Kimmel, sociologist, will give the talk, "Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millennium," Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, part of the ongoing Women's and Gender Studies Distinguished Lecture Series, is open to the public without charge. It is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, the Women's Resource Center and the departments of sociology and psychology.

An author who has received international recognition for his work on men and masculinity, Kimmel is the National Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism.

His early books on masculinity include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity, Men Con-front Pornography and Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990. His 1996 Manhood in America: A Cultural History was published to significant acclaim, including praise in The New York Times Book Review.

In 1996, he also published The Politics of Manhood, which featured a debate between pro-feminist men and the mythopoetic men's movement, best known through the work of Robert Bly. Kimmel's most recent book, The Gendered Society, was published by Oxford University Press in 2000, along with a companion volume of readings.

According to Ann Tlusty, associate professor of history and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Bucknell, Kimmel's books have been considered very important works for courses in Gender Studies. "His co-edited college textbook, Men's Lives, has been adopted in nearly every course on men and masculinity in the country," she said.

His teachings have been featured in newspaper and magazine articles such as The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and People; and on television shows such as Donahue, Sonia Live, The Today Show, CNN, Smithsonian World, Bertice Berry and Crossfire.

In conjunction with the Kimmel lecture, the women's and gender studies program is hosting a Masculinity Film Series. Each film, which will be followed by a discussion with members of the women's and gender studies faculty and/or students, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 219 of Coleman Hall. Films include:

Feb. 19: "Game Over: Gender, Race and Violence in Video Games," a documentary offering a dialogue about video game violence;

Feb. 26: "Manhood and Violence: Fatal Peril," nine men convicted of violent crimes engage one another in deeply emotional encounter groups;

March 5: "Wrestling with Manhood," examines how `entertainment' is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence;

March 26: "Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink)," documentary about Ludovic, a six-year-old who believes he was meant to be a little girl.

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Story posted Feb. 17, 2006

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