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Michael Kimmel, professor of sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook and advocate for gender equality, will give a lecture titled “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth? Women and Men in a New Millennium” on Tuesday, November 5, at Colby College in Waterville. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Keyes Science Building.
Kimmel has received international recognition for his pro-feminist work on men and masculinity. He argues that gender differences result from institutional, gender-based inequalities, not biological processes or sex-role socialization. He has testified before the U.S. Department of Justice in the cases for coeducation at the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel. Kimmel also has published nine books, including The Gendered Society (2000), edits the international journal Men and Masculinities and is spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism.
Kimmel’s course “Sociology of Masculinity” is one of the few in the nation that examines men’s lives from a pro-feminist perspective. He has been featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Newsweek and People and on television shows such as Oprah, Donahue, The Today Show, CNN, Smithsonian World and Crossfire. His written work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Harvard Business Review, The Nation, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and Psychology Today, where he served as a columnist and contributing editor.