Friday, March 28, 2014
What does it mean to be a man? Historically, certain images of masculinity have been foundational to American beliefs and values. Challenging these rigid constructs has resulted in major shifts in American society, opening up opportunities for new ideas about gender, identities, and behaviors. How are Women/Gender Studies challenging traditional cultural behaviors? How are ideas about masculinity shifting and helping families raise feminist sons? This conversation engages panelists and participants in an examination of manhood, maleness and masculinity by discussing cultural contexts such as sports, gaming and guns; male power in the market place; ethnic masculinities; paternity and parenting; artistic expression; and sexual expression and identity.
Panelists: Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, and educator; Gavin Grivna, Director, University of Minnesota Housing and Residential Life; Zenzele Isoke, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Gender & Women’s Studies; Jason Jackson, Assistant Director, University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office. Moderator: Owen Marciano, Co-Chair, University of Minnesota Transgender Commission.