Scholar to deliver address at Social Justice Week

World-renowned scholar Dr. Michael Kimmel will serve as guest speaker at West Virginia Wesleyan College on March 19 in conjunction with Social Justice Week.

Sponsored by the Gender Studies program, Kimmel will deliver his address, “Mars, Venus, or Planet Earth? Men and Women on Campus in the New Millennium” in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.

Kimmel, who has been featured on major media outlets such as CNN and whose work has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly, is the most prominent intellectual figure working on issues of men and masculinities in the United States. He has delivered presentations about his work at more than 200 colleges and universities, and his knowledge of gender issues has garnered him invitations to speak in multiple countries, including an address about men’s investment in gender equality before the European Parliament on International Women’s Day.

Author and editor of more than 20 texts on gender issues, Kimmel recently was awarded a MacArthur Grant to establish the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at SUNY Stonybrook. His text, “Manhood in America: A Cultural History,” has been called “the definitive work on the subject.”

Kimmel’s best-selling book, “Guyland,” is an in-depth study of the processes through which boys become men in America. Based on interviews with more than 400 young men across America, it illustrates what life in high school and college is like for young men when examined through the lens of their gendered experiences. Continuing a long line of feminist traditions which examine the way that the expectations of womanhood shape life experiences for women, Kimmel’s expertise broadens the conversation about gender to incorporate what the expectations of manhood mean for young men entering the adult world of career and family.

Social Justice Week is a week of activities organized by students deeply committed to working on issues of social justice locally and globally. Through education and advocacy, these students hope to raise awareness about a range of issues in order to empower their peers to become involved in transforming the campus and the world in the areas of gender equity, health and wellness, poverty and hunger, environmental and climate justice, and animal welfare. By featuring events that focus on each of these issues, Social Justice Week illustrates the interconnectedness of injustices and the necessity of confronting injustice holistically with an intersectional approach.

This event is a collaborative effort between multiple campus programs with funding provided by the Freeman Fund, the Center for Health and Counseling, Campus Life, the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership and the Office of Student Development. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow in the Greek Alumni Room.

Throughout the week, Social Justice issues will be highlighted, which include a poverty/homelessness forum, a Hunger Banquet, a performance of “the Vagina Monologues,” and movie screenings with the conclusion of a Light for Peace ceremony.