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Michael Kimmel to Speak at W&L on Male-Female Relationships on Campuses

— by on February 13th, 2008

Michael Kimmel, author and professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is speaking at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of his talk is ” ‘Mars and Venus,’ or Planet Earth: Women and Men on Campus in a New Millennium.” Kimmel’s lecture assesses the state of male-female relationships on campuses today. In particular he will discuss a variety of issues such as work, family, friendship and sexuality and the ways men and women are together facing these issues in the 21st century.

The event is open to the public without charge.

Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is the author or editor of more than 20 volumes and his book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History has been hailed as the definitive work on the subject. In addition to being a well-known educator concerning gender issues, Kimmel has also served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice in the VMI and Citadel cases.

Kimmel received his B.A. from Vassar, his M.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

The talk is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University Lectures Fund, Office of Leadership Development, Office of Health Promotion, Office of Religious Life, Gender Relations Committee, One in Four, SPEAK and KEWL.