Gender Education Pioneer Jackson Katz Speaks at Assembly, Parent Evening

[ February 12, 2014 ]

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., acclaimed pioneer in the fields of gender education and critical media literacy, recently addressed an Upper School assembly as well as parents from RCS, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Trinity School about “Gender on the Agenda: The Socialization of Boys and Girls in a Culture of Violence”.

Emily Schorr Lesnick, Director of Upper School Service Learning and one of the people who organized the student assembly and parent evening, noted after the assembly that “Katz’s passionate presentation implicated us all in the world of gender norms and expectations, and called students, faculty, and staff alike to be a force for working together to end gender violence.”

Head of Upper School Kelley Nicholson-Flynn said she appreciated the fact that Dr. Katz discussed leadership; “that it is through our actions and the small courageous steps we take each day” that change can be affected. “Dr. Katz enhanced our community’s understanding of what it means for all of us to have responsibility for reducing gender violence and oppression,” she said.

In his evening parent talk, Dr. Katz addressed a few of the most pressing questions facing parents and educators in the 21st century: What are the expectations of our boys and girls? How are those expectations mediated by institutions of school, home, and the media? How does a culture of violence operate through the enforcement of gender roles? What messages are we sending to our young people as their teachers or parents? How can we prevent bullying and the spread of violence in our schools?

Jackson Katz is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics in North America. MVP has worked extensively with numerous teams in the NFL, Major League Baseball, and NASCAR. Dr.Katz is also the creator of the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2 (just released), and author of The Macho Paradox and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He lectures widely in the United States and around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.

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