One of the world’s leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity, Michael Kimmel will be the next guest speaker of the President’s Forum Series on Tuesday, Feb. 10, when he will deliver a lecture, “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millennium,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center.
Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. He is the author of more than 20 books, including “Manhood in America: A Cultural History,” which was hailed as the definitive work in the field. Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting” (Kirkus), “superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating” (Chicago Tribune), “perceptive and refreshing” (Indianapolis Star). One reviewer wrote that “Kimmel’s humane, path-breaking study points the way toward a redefinition of manhood that combines strength with nurturing, personal accountability, compassion and egalitarianism” (Publishers’ Weekly). Another called it “the most wide-ranging, clear-sighted, accessible book available on the mixed fortunes of masculinity in the United States” (San Francisco Chronicle).
His best-seller, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men” investigates young people’s lives today, based on interviews with more than 400 young men, ages 16-26. Featured in major television and radio interviews, the book was widely reviewed and praised in all major media outlets. “If you’ve ever had a conversation with a teenage boy and wondered what on earth was going on…this book will serve you well.” And feminist icon Gloria Steinem said that “Michael Kimmel’s “Guyland” could save the humanity of many young men – and the sanity of their friends and parents.” Feature film rights were optioned to Dreamworks. His most recent book, “Angry White Men” examines various groups of men who believe that they’ve become the new victims of discrimination in America – ranging from men’s rights activists to fathers’ rights groups to White Nationalists.
Kimmel served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Virginia Military Institute and Citadel cases. He has consulted with all the Ministries for Gender Equality in the Nordic countries, and was the first man to deliver the International Women’s Day lecture at the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the European Space Agency.
Kimmel has lectured at more than 300 colleges and universities, and offered presentations at many of the world’s leading corporations on engaging men in support of gender equality.
The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Many speakers draw audience members from the surrounding cities of Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca. Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members to discuss issues. Many people have one-on-one interaction with the speakers for the exchange of ideas or thoughts. Recent PFS guests include Susan Brison, Mary Matalin and James Carville, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy.