BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of its continued effort to expand upon efforts to prevent sexual assaults on campus, urge bystander intervention, support survivors and create a safe learning environment for all students, Roger Williams University welcomes leading anti-sexist male activist Jackson Katz to campus this month.
Shifting the paradigm of sexual violence from an exclusively women’s concern to a “men’s issue” as well, Katz will visit campus on August 27 and 28 to present “More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women.”
Katz calls upon stories and expertise from his pioneering gender violence prevention work with the U.S. Marines, professional athletes and college fraternities, to illustrate how sports culture, comedy, media depictions and more contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence. An educator, author and nationally acclaimed lecturer, Katz challenges men and women to confront these attitudes and offers solutions from his “bystander approach” to create the cultural change needed to stem violence against women.
“We invited Jackson Katz to Roger Williams University to educate our students and the greater community on gender violence and sexual assault and how we all can play a part in preventing it,” says Kathleen McMahon, associate vice president of student life at RWU. “He has a different take on the issue than others – he explores how our culture promotes a climate that is conducive to violence against women, and specifically how men have a powerful role in breaking that cycle.”
On Friday, Aug. 28, members of the University community and the general public are invited to a three-hour, interactive workshop that includes Katz’s presentation, roundtable discussions and a closing panel featuring:
- Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin;
- Lucy Rios, director of prevention and communications at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence;
- Ann Burke, president of the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund;
- and higher education consultant Beth Devonshire
The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Campus Recreation Center on the University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. It is free and open to the public – tickets are not required. For more information, call (401) 254-3042.
Author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men, Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood, Katz is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, a national effort to provide gender violence prevention training to high school, college and professional athletes. As founder of MVP Strategies, he brings his training methods to law enforcement agencies, the U.S. military, corporations and community organizations across America.
During his two-day visit to campus, Katz will also deliver his presentation to all first-year students and student athletes in a closed event.
The visit is sponsored by the Rogers Williams University President’s Office, Division of Student Life, School of Continuing Studies, School of Justice Studies, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Law. It is also sponsored in part by NASPA Region I, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Lindsay Ann Burke Fund, Silent Witness Initiative and Day One.