Award-winning Expert on Men and Violence to Give Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-05-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143
Lori Beth Way
Department of Political Science
530-898-5737

Jackson Katz, a ground-breaking and internationally recognized expert on men and violence, will give a talk at California State University, Chico Friday, Nov. 13, in the BMU Auditorium.

The address, “Men, Women, Sex and Violence: a Multimedia Presentation,” will be at 1:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Lori Beth Way, Department of Political Science, at 898-5737, lway@csuchico.edu.

Katz is the founder of Northeastern University’s Mentors in Violence Program, the first large-scale effort to utilize high school, college and professional athletes to reduce men’s violence against women. Launched in 1993, the MVP program is now the largest gender violence prevention program in college and professional athletics.

In 1997, Katz started an unprecedented gender violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2000-2003, he served on the U.S. Secretary of the Defense’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in the military.

Katz has created award-winning educational videos for young people, including “Wrestling with Manhood” and “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity,” chosen as one of 2000’s best videos for young adults by the American Library Association.

Katz has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, ABC News 20/20 and other programs. He is the author of “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help.” Katz will have books on sale and will be available to sign books following his address.

A former high school football player, Katz became the first man at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to earn a minor in women’s studies. He holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD from UCLA.

Katz’s talk is being sponsored by the Lantis University Professorship and Safe Place, a violence prevention office at CSU, Chico funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Katz’s visit is a part of the annual conference on fatherhood taking place Nov. 13-14 in the BMU Auditorium. For more information or to register contact the conference representative in your area: Butte County—Peggy Mitchell, Butte County Local Child Care Planning Council, 532-5707 pmitchel@bcoe.org.

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