On April 4, the Mount will welcome Michael Kimmel to campus, a world-renowned sociologist famous for his work on masculinity. His lecture is entitled “Leading Good Lives: Men and Women in the 21st Century.” The evening is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta (the International Sociology Honor Society), the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the School of Education and Human Services, Mount Athletics, the Office of the President and iLead.
The Guardian newspaper of London described Kimmel as “the world’s most prominent male feminist.” He is published in many topics, including binge drinking, school shootings, political extremism, fatherhood, sexual assault and harassment, the ‘men’s rights’ movement, and many others.
Kimmel is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. His many books include Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Kimmel founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013.
“He returns over and over again to the questions of what it means to be a ‘real man’ or a ‘good man’ in America today, and explores the implication of that for relationships, work and the nation,” says Dr. Kim Hansen, professor of sociology.
Students in Hansen’s sociology classes, Dr. Prathiba Kumar’s Gender Communication classes and Dr. Curtis Johnson’s Manhood in America classes have read and discussed Kimmel’s work.
Kimmel is coming to campus thanks to Hansen’s efforts. Hansen explained, “I thought of bringing Kimmel to campus because I personally find his work very helpful in making sense of the United States, because he’s a sociologist who gets heard outside the ‘ivory tower’ of academia–he’s a real public intellectual.”
Hansen told the Echo that Kimmel’s work has shaped the way that he wants to raise his own two sons, and hopes that Kimmel’s visit will have the same effect on other Mount parents and students
“Most importantly, I honestly think his work is important. I think it’s really important to question our culture’s demands on boys and men, and to challenge some of the ways masculinity gets defined,” Hansen told the Echo. This includes behaviors like driving recklessly, drinking too much, fighting and not taking care of themselves.
Kimmel’s visit to the Mount is a big success for the sociology department and the community at large.