The Women’s and Gender Studies Program co-sponsors two speaker series every year: OUTspoken (an LGBTQ speaker series) and the Women's and Gender Speaker Series. These presentations are free and open to the public. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for either of these speaker series please contact Paula Eckard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-687-4309. All contributions are tax deductible.
The Women’s and Gender Speaker Series
Sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel – considered by many to be the world’s leading researcher and author on men and masculinity – will be the 2014 Women's & Gender Studies Guest Speaker on March 11 at 7 p.m., McKnight Hall in the Cone University Center. Kimmel will explore the findings of his book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.
Over a four-year span, Kimmel interviewed young men, ages 16–26. His study shows that the guys who live in “Guyland” are mostly white, middle-class, totally confused and cannot commit to their relationships, work or lives. Although they seem baffled by the riddles of manhood and responsibility, they submit to the “Guy Code,” where locker-room behaviors, sexual conquests, bullying, violence and assuming a cocky jock pose can rule over the sacrifice and conformity of marriage and family. Obsessed with never wanting to grow up, this demographic – which is 22-million strong – craves video games, sports and de-personalized sexual relationships.
Kimmel has written and edited more than 20 volumes. His books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) and The History of Men (2005). His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 1992), chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. This “inspiring, pathbreaking collection of remarkable documents” (Dissent) was also called “meticulously researched” (Booklist) and a “pioneering volume” which “will serve as an inspirational sourcebook for both women and men.” (Publishers’ Weekly).
Dubbed a male feminist and known for his wit and candid critiques, Kimmel has been a featured guest on the TODAY show, to discuss Guyland, and other national news outlets.
The UNC Charlotte speaker series is in its eighth year. Previous speakers have included Jessica Valenti, Gloria Steinem, Anita Hill, bell hooks, Naomi Wolf, Patricia Hill Collins and Jackson Katz. Sponsors are the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund; the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Women’s and Gender Studies Program; the Department of Sociology; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Counseling Center; the Iota, Iota, Iota Honor Society; the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; the Gender Excellence Learning Community; and The Marriott TownePlace Suites.
Every fall, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Counseling Center, and PRIDE co-sponsor OUTspoken, an LGBTQ speaker series that brings a nationally known speaker to campus to talk about gay, lesbian and/or transgender issues. Past OUTspoken guests include noted transgender queer youth activist Kate Bornstein, former Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Elizabeth Birch, and author and political commentator Keith Boykin, and Brian Sims, the only openly gay NCAA football captain, author/activist Jennifer Baumgardner and slam-poet and author Staceyann Chin.
Stay tuned to see who our 2014 OUTspoken speaker will be…