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Have You Herd? February 2010 Gender Violence

WTAMU Distinguished Lecture to Focus on Gender Violence

Dr. Jackson Katz, an expert in gender violence prevention, will present “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall at West Texas A&M University. His presentation is part of Communication Week activities sponsored by the WTAMU Department of Communication.

Katz is an author, educator and filmmaker as well as one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists. He is known around the world for his work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys and co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention program in professional and college athletics. He also is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. His lectures have been heard at high school and college campuses around the country, and he has conducted seminars and workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.

As a filmmaker, Katz is the creator and co-creator of numerous educational videos for college and high school students including the 2000 film Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol in 2004. His book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, was published in 2006 by Sourcebooks. He will be available to sign copies of the book following his lecture.

“WTAMU students are fortunate to have an opportunity to see Dr. Katz’s multimedia presentation,” Dr. Trudy Hanson, head of the Department of Communication, said. “He uses popular culture examples to reinforce his observations about how media representations influence the way we see the world and how we conceptualize violence.”

In addition to his evening presentation at WTAMU, Katz also will speak at a faculty development session at 1 p.m. titled “Taking it Personally: Why Gender Violence is an Issue for Me.”

Katz’s visit to WTAMU is part of the University’s Centennial Distinguished Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. For information, contact Hanson at 806-651-2800 or thanson@wtamu.edu.

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