October 12, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
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Well-known author against domestic violence to appear at
Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
One of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists, author,
educator and filmmaker, Jackson Katz, will be speaking at
Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at
7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 as part of Domestic Violence
“Domestic violence is something that continues to plague our
society, so we really can’t talk about it enough,” said Dr.
Roberta Milliken, professor of English and Humanities and
director of SSU’s Women’s Center. “Katz offers an
interesting perspective because he looks at it as not
primarily a ‘women’s issue,’ but one that directly involves
men. In fact, he invites men to join with women to eradicate
all forms of violence against women.”
Before his appearance on campus, his popular documentary
film, “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in
Masculinity” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13
followed by a panel discussion of the film featuring Dr.
Timothy Scheurer, Dr. Thomas Piontek and Dr. Darren
Katz argues that widespread violence in American society,
including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colo.,
Jonesboro, Ark. and elsewhere, needs to be understood as
part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity.
“Katz is a wonderful speaker. He’s smart, entertaining and
charismatic,” Milliken said. “I’m sure everyone who comes to
the presentation will not leave disappointed.”
Katz co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention program
at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of sport
in society. The multi-racial, mixed gender MVP program was
the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school,
collegiate and professional athletes in the fight against
all forms of men’s violence against women.
His book, “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and
How all Men Can Help,” was published in 2006 by Sourcebooks.
Copies of his book will be available for purchase and
signing after the lecture.
The SSU Women’s Center is bringing Katz to Shawnee State as
part of the 10th Annual Leslie Williams Symposium for the
Advancement of Women and part of the Jane M.G. Foster
Distinguished Lecture Series. The events are free and open
to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more
information, call (740) 351-3738.