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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 14, 2007    #037
Contact: Robert Heasley
(724) 840-5210

Conference will examine challenges men and boys face when engaging in society

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will host the American Men’s Studies Association’s 15th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities, considered the largest event of its kind in the United States. The conference, co-sponsored by the UMKC Women’s Center and Women’s and Gender Studies Program, is titled “Engaging Boys and Men: How Are We Doing” and is scheduled to take place March 30 through April 1 in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 50 scholars, practitioners and activists will address the wide variety of challenges men and boys today face, including low reading rates, high college drop-out rates, high incarceration rates, common homophobia and greater levels of violence. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the steps that can be taken to create support systems and interventions to ensure boys and men are fully and healthily engaged in society.

The three-day conference – which will include countless educational sessions, two keynote speakers and a dramatic presentation – is free for UMKC faculty, staff and students. Members of the general public can also participate for a fee, which can be found online at www.mensstudies.org.

Two pre-conference workshops, titled “Men, Gender and Therapy: What Works and Why” and “Teaching Men’s Studies: From Getting Started to Getting New Ideas,” will be offered between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Holiday Inn on the Plaza. A banquet will follow at 7 p.m. featuring Mark Kiselica, a licensed psychologist and professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of New Jersey. Kiselica, whose work focuses on helping boys and men confront racism, has authored more than 100 professional publications.

Saturday and Sunday sessions will begin at 8 a.m. at Royall Hall on the UMKC campus. Mark Justad, associate director of the Center for Study of Religion and Culture at Vanderbilt University and president of the American Men’s Studies Association, will deliver the keynote address: "Masculinity Decentered: Toward a Hegemony of Solidarity."

For the full schedule, conference information and registration details, go online to www.mensstudies.org.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

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