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SBU center will study men, masculinity

Michael Kimmel, an SBU sociology professor, will head up the new center. Photo from SBU

May 27, 2013 | 03:59 PM
A new Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities is coming to Stony Brook University, thanks to a two-year $300,000 start-up grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Led by Michael Kimmel, a distinguished professor of sociology at SBU and a researcher and writer on men and masculinity in the world today, the center will focus on the emerging and integral discipline of men and masculinities. The center will open in fall 2013, according to SBU.

Supplemented by additional funding from the university and elsewhere, the grant will also help pay for the first international conference on men and masculinities in 2015. It will also fund the development of a new master of arts program in masculinity studies scheduled to begin in fall 2017.

The center will host a series of monthly seminars and two or three large forums per year, which will build and gather a community of academics and activists in the local area. The forums, called Challenging Conversations, will focus on politically divisive issues such as prostitution, sex trafficking, the pornography debate, the boy crisis in schools and more, Kimmel said.

Members of the center's advisory board include activists Gloria Steinem, Martin Duberman, Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler, psychologist Carol Gilligan, author James Gilligan, psychiatrist Frank Ochberg, former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, NYU professor Catharine Stimpson and Hampden-Sydney College president, Chris Howard.

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