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Messner Discusses Men’s Violence in Sports

Second Fisher Center Speaker for Spring Term an Expert in the Sociology of Sports

March 31, 2000 Geneva, NY – “Changing Meanings in Men's Sports” will be discussed by the second speaker in the Spring Term lineup of speakers for Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men. Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California, will offer his expertise in this area at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Messner is co-editor of two standard readers on gender, Through the Prism of Difference and Men's Lives. His own work deals with the sociology of sports and includes Power at Play and Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements. He is currently at work on Confronting the Triad of Men's Violence in Sports (anticipated 2001).

Messner will participate, the following morning (4/20), in a seminar with students who want to talk in greater depth about this issue. Each Fisher Center speaker includes this morning-after seminar in his or her visit, offering added benefit to interested students.

Each such seminar is introduced by a faculty member from Hobart and William Smith.

The seminar following Messner's address will be facilitated by Rocco “Chip” Capraro, associate dean of Hobart College. Capraro has for many years been involved in the area of men's studies. He has for many years taught courses in this burgeoning field: “Men and Masculinity” and “Theories of Masculinity,” and is frequently sought out by the press to discuss this issue. He was also a key player in the creation of the minor in men's studies at the Colleges, the first in the nation.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was endowed in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges' coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.

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