Masculinity and “guy code” to be topic of talk Nov. 16

Michael Kimmel, pioneer of masculinity studies and professor of sociology at SUNY Stony Brook, will speak at Gettysburg College on Nov. 16.

Kimmel's lecture will focus on the lives of young American men, ages 16-26, as they enter "Guyland," a place that is both a stage of life and a new social arena. Obsessed with never wanting to grow up, the 22 million-strong demographic craves video games, sports, and depersonalized sexual relationships.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the College Union Building, and is free and open to the public. A discussion and book signing will follow. Copies of "Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men," are available for purchase at the College Bookstore.

Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. A Carnegie Scholar, Kimmel has authored and edited more than twenty publications on gender studies, and has received numerous awards for his work.

This event is sponsored by College Life, EPACC, Greek Life, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Center for Public Service, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Organization & Management Studies, and Inter-Disciplinary Studies.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521

Posted: Thu, 10 Nov 2011

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