The Uncommon Man

October 04, 2009

Ariving in South Africa

Great day to all.

It is incredible to think that after 18 hours of flying time, I'm ready for the day. It is with great appreciation that I bring the blessings and longing from by brothers and sisters in the United States (who wish they could be here to help) on this journey to advocate for gender justice.

I got a special blessings from one of my elders who celebrates this trip because of the long history of struggle. She stated, "How glorious that men from across the continent are coming together to share what they are doing for gender justice and positive masculinity. I have lived to see an African American as the U.S. president and now men on the continent are organizing on this scale -- it is a blessing indeed!"

I'm looking forward to meeting all my brothers and sisters who are attending this conference. I am especially looking forward to reconnecting to Pascal, who left South Africa just six months ago to support MRI's Men As Allies training and program implementation in collaboration with IRC in Cote d'Ivoire. I've heard him talk about how much he misses home, and to be here with him when is an honor.

In connection,
James Arana

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April 03, 2009

Day 5: Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys

Friday, April 03, 2009
by Steven Botkin

The last few days have moved very quickly, and a stomach bug has given me an extra challenge.

I have had many exciting conversations about how MRI’s work could be useful in a variety of different settings. And I know that this will lead to a number of very interesting projects over the next few years.

This Symposium marks two tremendous accomplishments in the movement for engaging men and boys in gender equality. First, this issue is now being explicitly included in institutions all around the world, of all sizes (from the U.N. to community-based NGOs) and with many different program areas (violence prevention, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, family health, fatherhood, humanitarian aid, disarmament and demobilization, youth development, etc.). “Scaling up” has been a major theme of the Symposium, and this institutionalization means significantly more access to vehicles of influence and power. It also brings the political, cultural and spiritual challenges of professionalization and globalization. The strong emphasis on personal relationship-building and yesterday’s regional networking sessions have been important humanizing factors.

Another significant accomplishment reflected in this Symposium is that we are now a multi-generational movement. The “old timers” (among whom I include myself) have passed the baton to a new wave of leadership, representing more global perspectives, who are taking this work to places we had hardly dared to envision. And now, yet another generation of younger men and women from even more diverse communities around the world are cutting their teeth on the joys and challenges of this work and adapting it to their own time and places. In this multi-generational context a culture is being created and we come to know ourselves as a community with a legacy that will be carried and evolved into the future.

In connection,
Steven

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March 31, 2009

Day 2: Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
by Steven Botkin

Last night's opening session was a remarkable experience. The diversity of people who packed the room and the level of dignitaries who spoke was a testament to how far this movement has come. The significance of this was confirmed as we watched UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speak to us (via video) about his support for this Symposium and the importance of engaging men and boys as a global issue.

Today's program was filled with plenary sessions on "Dialogue with Women's Rights Movements," "Including Men and Masculinities in Gender Equality Policies," and "Men, Masculinities and Gender-Based Violence." The day ended with a reception for the Asia/Pacific region with reports about engaging men and boys activities in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and Bangladesh. The entire group was led in a spirited Samoan hand-clapping activity by a powerful young man from Papua New Guinea.

In connection,
Steven Botkin

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March 30, 2009

Days 1-5: Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys

Day 1: Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys

Monday, March 30, 2009

Greetings from Brazil. I am in Rio de Janeiro for the first ever Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality. This gathering of more than 400 men and women activists, researchers, policymakers, UN officials and young people from 71 countries around the world marks another historic occasion in our movement. As organizers and participants of this conference begin to gather today, I am re-connecting with dear colleagues and fellow activists from all over the world.

The Symposium is being organized by MenEngage, a global alliance of NGOs and UN agencies that began in 2004, with the goal of working in partnership to promote the engagement of men and boys in achieving gender equality, promoting health and reducing violence at the global level. The MenEngage Alliance has convened international meetings and regional consultations, and promoted the formation of MenEngage networks at the national level. Steering and Advisory Committee members of MenEngage include Promundo (Brazil) EngenderHealth, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Family Violence Prevention Fund, International Center for Research on Women, WHO, UNFPA, UNDP, Sonke Gender Justice Project (South Africa), Save the Children-Sweden, Sahoyog (India), the White Ribbon Campaign, Men for Gender Equality (Sweden) and Men's Resources International.

The steering committee of MenEngage met today. There were reports about projects, programs and activities that are now happening on every continent and many, many countries. The issue of male involvement is being actively addressed in rural communities such as in Cambodia, and India, and championed by major international agencies and United Nations organizations. It is very humbling to see how far this field has come, and fascinating to watch the whirlwind of networking and organizing that continues to build a sense of a movement.

At tonight's opening session the Symposium will be officially launched. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be welcoming participants via a taped message.

In connection,
Steven Botkin

Day 2: Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

by Steven Botkin

Last night's opening session was a remarkable experience. The diversity of people who packed the room and the level of dignitaries who spoke was a testament to how far this movement has come. The significance of this was confirmed as we watched UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speak to us (via video) about his support for this Symposium and the importance of engaging men and boys as a global issue.

Today's program was filled with plenary sessions on "Dialogue with Women's Rights Movements," "Including Men and Masculinities in Gender Equality Policies," and "Men, Masculinities and Gender-Based Violence." The day ended with a reception for the Asia/Pacific region with reports about engaging men and boys activities in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and Bangladesh. The entire group was led in a spirited Samoan hand-clapping activity by a powerful young man from Papua New Guinea.

In connection,
Steven Botkin

April 03, 2009
Day 5: Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys

Friday, April 03, 2009
by Steven Botkin

The last few days have moved very quickly, and a stomach bug has given me an extra challenge.

I have had many exciting conversations about how MRI's work could be useful in a variety of different settings. And I know that this will lead to a number of very interesting projects over the next few years.

This Symposium marks two tremendous accomplishments in the movement for engaging men and boys in gender equality. First, this issue is now being explicitly included in institutions all around the world, of all sizes (from the U.N. to community-based NGOs) and with many different program areas (violence prevention, women's rights, HIV/AIDS, family health, fatherhood, humanitarian aid, disarmament and demobilization, youth development, etc.). Scaling up has been a major theme of the Symposium, and this institutionalization means significantly more access to vehicles of influence and power. It also brings the political, cultural and spiritual challenges of professionalization and globalization. The strong emphasis on personal relationship-building and yesterday's regional networking sessions have been important humanizing factors.

Another significant accomplishment reflected in this Symposium is that we are now a multi-generational movement. The old timers (among whom I include myself) have passed the baton to a new wave of leadership, representing more global perspectives, who are taking this work to places we had hardly dared to envision. And now, yet another generation of younger men and women from even more diverse communities around the world are cutting their teeth on the joys and challenges of this work and adapting it to their own time and places. In this multi-generational context a culture is being created and we come to know ourselves as a community with a legacy that will be carried and evolved into the future.

In connection,
Steven

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February 04, 2009

A Call To Men: 4th Annual National Conference

A Call To Men
Stand Up - Speak Out!
4th Annual National Conference
May 21 - 22, 2009
New York City
http://www.acalltomen.org

This event will be an unprecedented gathering of men and women coming together for the purpose of increasing our knowledge while strategizing and organizing to end violence against women in our communities. We are excited and honored to have you join us in this collective effort to Stand Up and Speak Out to end domestic violence, sexual violence and all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Full Brochure
http://www.acalltomen.org/downloads/STAND%20UP%20SPEAK%20OUT.pdf

http://www.acalltomen.org

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A Call To Men: 4th Annual National Conference

A Call To Men
Stand Up - Speak Out!
4th Annual National Conference
May 21 - 22, 2009
New York City
http://www.acalltomen.org

This event will be an unprecedented gathering of men and women coming together for the purpose of increasing our knowledge while strategizing and organizing to end violence against women in our communities. We are excited and honored to have you join us in this collective effort to Stand Up and Speak Out to end domestic violence, sexual violence and all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Full Brochure
http://www.acalltomen.org/downloads/STAND%20UP%20SPEAK%20OUT.pdf

http://www.acalltomen.org

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January 24, 2009

NASPA holds conference on engaging college men.

Conference on College Men
May 20-22, 2009
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Over the past several years, student affairs educators and faculty have grown increasingly concerned about the experiences and challenges of men on college and university campuses. Recent inquiries into behavioral trends among college men consistently confirm they are overrepresented among students who: abuse drugs and alcohol, are cited for non-academic violations of campus judicial policies, perpetrate acts of violence and sexual assault, and choose not to engage in educationally purposeful campus programs and activities. These trends suggest men may not be achieving the developmental milestones and outcomes that are associated with participation in college. These trends have also left many educators wondering: "Why are men having such a difficult time on our campuses?" and "How can we be more purposeful and proactive in supporting them?"

The 2009 Conference on College Men is an exciting opportunity for educators to convene, collaborate, and exchange ideas on how to meet the developmental needs of the men on their campuses. The theme of this year's conference is: "Engaging College Men: Bridging Scholarship and Practice." The goal of the conference is to provide a stimulating venue for educators to share and discuss cutting-edge research on college men's development and propose strategies that have proven effective in helping college men achieve successful outcomes. Thus, those who attend the conference should expect to leave with both the requisite knowledge and the practical tools to make a positive impact in improving how they work with college men upon returning to their institutions.

Registration Fees

Early-Bird Registration before April 17, 2009
NASPA/ACPA Individual Member $310
NASPA/ACPA Student Member $100
Non-Member $520

Regular Registration after April 17, 2009
NASPA/ACPA Individual Member $375
NASPA/ACPA Student Member $150
Non-Member $585

For complete information, visit www.naspa.org/programs/collegemen/default.cfm

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Conference: Understanding Violence - Recent advances in biology, sociology and modeling

The laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, within the Brain and Mind Institute-School of Life Science at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)/Switzerland is organizing an international symposium, Understanding Violence – Recent advances in biology, sociology and modeling - EPFL Latsis Symposium 2009 which will take place on February 11-12th & 13th, 2009 on the EPFL campus. (see more info below, attached, and in the webpage http://latsis2009.epfl.ch/).

Despite great interest in understanding the major causes of violence and in developing effective prevention and intervention programs, knowledge generated by experts on different fields is nowadays fragmented and generally circumscribed to the circles where it is generated. Violent behaviour is related to complex environmental and social circumstances, but heritable and other biological factors are also implicated. An integrated view of the causes of violence should take into account sociological and psychological aspects, together with biological, evolutionary and modeling approaches. This Symposium on violence will bring together world leaders from each of these fields to discuss major recent advances in

--> biological (genetic risk factors; stress; hormonal alterations; neuroimaging data on brain function alterations),

--> psycho-sociological (hierarchical relationships and population health; elements of the micro-context; developmental trajectories) and

--> modeling approaches (virtual reality and emotions; computational models on the development of hierarchical societies) to foster actual interactions between these fields.

We hope this symposium will be of your interest. May we kindly ask you to share this announcement with your colleagues and networks interested in this thematic?

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January 15, 2009

TAASA: 27th Annual Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Conference

The 27th Annual Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Conference will provide the tools needed to continue work in a way that is "rooted in social justice." In addition to offering specialized studies for diversity, sexual assault nurse examiners and volunteer management, this year's conference features social justice workshops aimed at providing tools and analyses to help attendees make connections between sexual violence and other social justice issues, as well as engage in efforts to impact social injustices in their own communities. Traditional workshops for first responders and service providers such as law enforcement, victim advocates and counselors will also be available.

Early conference registration and the hotel room block both end on February 12, so please register soon!
To register, visit: http://taasa.org/conferences/registration/

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December 22, 2008

Men Can Stop Rape Conference: Men and Women as Allies

Men Can Stop Rape, Inc. is pleased to invite you to join us at our conference, "Men and Women as Allies: National Conference on Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women."

For more information, visit:
http://mencanstoprape.org/conference/

This conference will take place this April 14-15, 2009 at the deluxe Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

As we enter a time of change, it is an opportune moment to engage the new administration. You will hear keynotes from new appointees and participate in federal briefings.

We also believe it is time for a new conversation about prevention of violence against women based on some tough, hard questions. What are women's and men's roles in primary prevention? How can domestic violence, sexual assault, and men's anti-violence groups work together to advance prevention?

We will meet these and other challenging questions head on, seeking informed and constructive answers.

Your participation will help to create a conference climate that is inspirational, motivational, and collaborative.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Sincerely,

Stephen Glaude
President and CEO

http://mencanstoprape.org/conference/

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October 29, 2008

Jane Doe Inc. celebrates White Ribbon Day 2008

For the first time in Massachusetts, White Ribbon Day was observed in solidarity with international efforts to call upon men to be apart of a movement to end men's violence against women. A state-wide coalition, formally known as Jane Doe Inc.,sought to bring awareness and change to growing issues of gender based violence, domestic violence and sexual assault by sponsoring White Ribbon Day 2008. The event was tremendously successful, as it brought together community organizations, activists, and high-profile political figures to take a stand against the societal norms that uphold and propagate actions pertaining to violence against women. The momentum generated from the event elevated the consciousness around a very deeply rooted problem, and instilled a sense of urgency to engage men and boy in how to be agents for creating healthy relationships and families.

To view the full report of White Ribbon Day 2008, please visit:
http://www.janedoe.org/whiteribbonday

or for direct downloading:
http://www.janedoe.org/involved/White%20Ribbon/WhiteRibbonDayReportMA2008.pdf

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July 30, 2008

Strengthening Links between Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS: Sexual Violence as a Nexus

September 29-October 1, Nairobi, Kenya

Sexual violence is a primary public health concern and has implications for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS in Africa. There has been growth in prevention, health and justice efforts through advocacy as well as policy and legislative changes. This conference will strengthen responses to challenges and utilize emerging opportunities to address sexual violence in east, central and southern Africa. The conference is organized by Liverpool VCT, Care & Treatment and will be held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. For more information, visit www.svconference2008.org.

International Conference on Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health

October 15, Mumbai, India - Abstracts Due

To be held on February 15-18, 2009 in Mumbai, the organizers of this international conference invite researchers, activists and practitioners to attend and provide insight into how gender-based violence is compromising the sexual and reproductive health of women, men and children. Organizers are inviting abstracts of 300 words. They must include: paper title; author; author affiliation; and study objectives, methods, results, conclusions and recommendations. Abstracts can be submitted to Dr. Balaiah Donta at gbv2009@yahoo.co.in or bdonta2007@yahoo.co.in.

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June 16, 2008

International Conference on Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health

15-18 February 2009
Mumbai, India

Sponsored by:
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (Indian Council of Medical Research); UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/Word Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction; and Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility

For more information: http://www.nirrh.res.in/announcements/GenderbasedViolence.pdf

Submission of Abstracts
The final date to receive abstracts is 15 October 2008.

Conference Goals
This conference aims to expand what is known about the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the health of the individual and the society, to fill gaps in our understanding of factors underlying the experience of violence and consequences of violence for women's, families' and nations' well-being and programmatic responses intended to eliminate sexual violence. More specifically the objectives of organizing this conference are to: (i) review the magnitude and determinants of GBV; (ii) explore the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) consequences of GBV; (iii) share experiences of programmes and interventions for the prevention of GBV, their impact on SRH and gaps and challenges that remain; (iv) review relevant policies, programmes and their implementation; and (v) suggest recommendations on programme strategies and policies to address GBV and SRH.

The scientific programme will include a keynote address, plenary lectures and symposia sessions, panel discussions, and poster presentations. The programme will be broad based and will address the key areas outlined below. Sessions will be multi-disciplinary, including findings derived from operational, psycho-social and behavioural research and programmes related to gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.

Provisional Topics
- Various forms and determinants of GBV
- Linkages between GBV and SRH
- Gender power imbalances, violence and SRH
- GBV, sexuality and SRH
- GBV and reproductive health (Unwanted pregnancy, RTI/STI, HIV higher fertility, shorter birth spacing, contraception)
- Men as perpetrators and victims of GBV
- Men as partners in prevention of GBV and promoting SRH care
- SRH implications of GBV in conflict situations
- Vulnerability to GBV (trafficked women, female sex workers, intravenous drug users, pregnant women, migrants, HIV positive individuals, ethnic minorities, physically and mentally challenged)
- Youth and gender based violence
- Women survivors of violence and their SRH needs and rights
- Socio-psychological dimension of GBV in SRH Care
- Managing SRH consequences of GBV
- Challenges of addressing GBV within SRH programmes
- Best practices in addressing GBV within SRH clinic settings
- Community based programmes in addressing GBV
- Role of health systems and health workers in addressing GBV
- Counseling approaches
- Evaluating GBV and SRH programmes
- Law enforcement and GBV
- Laws, policies on GBV in different sectors
- Ethical issues in research and programmes on GBV and SRH
- Estimating economic costs of GBV
- Methodological issues in research on GBV and SRH



Venue
The conference will be held at the InterContinental The Grand Mumbai, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400059.
Phone: (+91 22) 66683240; Fax: (+91 22) 6668 3278. www.intercontinental.com; Contact person: Ms Radhika De

Accommodation
Accommodation can be arranged in various categories of hotels of international standards and at other places to suit your budget. In the event you need any assistance for booking accommodation, please let us know. Special conference rates have been negotiated with various hotels including "InterContinental The Grand Mumbai".

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Please visit the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) web site at http://www.igwg.org

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January 30, 2008

Conference: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not -- Men's Role In Ending Violence Against Women

My name is Jonathan Grove, the Men Against Violence Program
Coordinator in the Women's Center at Pacific Lutheran University in
Tacoma WA. I am writing to you today to inform you that PLU Men
Against Violence will present a conference:

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not:
Men's Role In Ending Violence Against Women

, April 10 and 11, 2008
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
http://www.plu.edu/~mav/mav-conference/home.html

This conference will showcase best practice models for effectively
engaging communities in addressing violence against women. One of few
conferences like it in the nation, professionals, college and
university staff, faculty and students from all over the Northwest
region will attend.

Dr. Sut Jhally, one of the world's leading experts on
advertising and media will give the keynote address the evening of
April 10th. An exciting day of workshops with local and national
leaders in the field will begin on the morning of April 11th.
Attendees will have 12 seminar choices across three workshop sessions,
a dynamic lunch program with Ben Atherton-Zeman, and an endnote
performance from Western Washington University Men Against Violence.
These presentations will give attendees a unique experience and
exposure to interact and learn from leaders in a field that has few
such opportunities.

I would like to request your assistance in promoting this
exceptional event to your networks as this event in order to reach the
widest audience possible. Promotional materials are available on the
website and include a poster, brochure, schedule and registration
form. Please consider including these events in your Spring 2008
schedule and sharing with others who might gain from this valuable
experience.

To learn more about the conference, please visit:
http://www.plu.edu/~mav/mav-conference/home.html

Jonathan Grove

Men Against Violence Coordinator
PLU Women's Center

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September 19, 2007

Early Registration for Roots of Change Conference ends Sept 21

The early registration deadline for the Roots of Change: Preventing Sexual Violence Through Partnerships and Action conference is fast approaching!

Submit your registration by Friday, September 21st to receive the reduced conference fee.

Information and online registration is available at www.oregonsatf.org/roots

Roots of Change Preventing Sexual Violence Through Partnerships and Action

A conference for prevention, health promotion and other professionals working in the areas of:

  • sexual violence
  • dating/domestic violence
  • family violence
  • child abuse
  • youth violence
  • pregnancy prevention
  • STI/HIV prevention
  • substance abuse prevention
  • women's health
  • youth development
  • community development

Special conference tracks for:

  • college/university professionals
  • male allies who want to enhance their knowledge and skills
  • service providers working with people with developmental disabilities

Featuring:

  • Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men
  • Jan Hindman, author of There is No Sex Fairy - To Protect Our Children From Becoming Sexual Abusers
  • Nora Baladerian, Director of the Disability, Abuse and Personal Rights Project
  • Rus Ervin Funk, author of Reaching Men: Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors, and Violence

Brie Akins brieakins@oregonsatf.org
Prevention Program Coordinator
Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force
93 Van Buren Street
Eugene, OR 97402
P: 541.284.8275
F: 541.343.0316
http://www.oregonsatf.org/

SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT!
we can end sexual violence
www.EndSexualViolenceOregon.org

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May 08, 2006

Symposium on Men's Health

4th Annual Symposium on Men's Health
Friday, June 23, 2006
- Location - MMS Headquarters at Waltham Woods - Waltham, MA

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April 13, 2006

Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence

Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18, 2006: The Nevada Coalition Against
Sexual Violence (NCASV) announces the launch of their Agents of
Change, Nevada Men Against Violence Campaign. The NCASV has been
awarded a $226,000.00 grant from the State of Nevada, Department of
Health and Human Services, Health Division to develop a primary
prevention education program and collateral social marketing
campaign focused on preventing the first-time perpetration of sexual
violence, specifically among young men.

The Agents of Change, Nevada Men Against Violence Campaign
is an initiative of the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence.
This groundbreaking initiative targets males ages twelve to twenty-
one through a social marketing campaign and mentor program to
prevent the first-time perpetration of sexual assault.

The Agents of Change, Nevada Men Against Violence media campaign
launch commences at 10:00 am with a press conference, pledge to end
sexual violence, and a march to City Hall. At 12:00 pm, the Nevada
Coalition Against Sexual Violence will host an open house, making
our resources available to our guests. The festivities will conclude
at 2:00 pm.

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April 10, 2006

Stop The Silence: A Benefit Race

Join over 1,000 others and help raise our collective voices, increase awareness, and raise funds to prevent and treat child sexual abuse at the third annual, national Race to Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse (www.stopcsa.org)on April 15, 2006 in downtown Washington, D.C. All information and on-line or downloadable registration is available on the Web site: Stop the Silence

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April 06, 2006

31st National Conference on Men and Masculinity

31st National Conference on Men and Masculinity
Creating Connections for Gender Justice and the 18th Annual Men's Studies Association Meeting

The conference on Men & Masculinity is for activists, academics, workers in mental health, diversity, faith communities, domestic and sexual violence. It is for anyone interested in gathering, organizing and working to end all forms of oppression and injustice and to celebrate choice, alternatives, and possibilities.

August 3-6, 2006 at the Ramapo College of New Jersey
Opens: Thurs., Aug. 3rd at 7:00pm
Closes: Sun., Aug. 6th at 3:00pm
Registration fee, includes 5 meals, $195: Students/Seniors, $100
Single Day, Fri/Sat only, $100; Students/Seniors, $ 50
Housing fee, double occupancy, $34 per night
Scholarships available upon request.

Co-Presented by:
NOMAS
Ramapo College Women's Center
Rockland Family Shelter & Stop F.E.A.R. Coalition/DELTA Project
Up the River Endeavors


Call for Workshop Proposals:

The National Organization of Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) is seeking proposals which explore all aspects of male roles, gender issues, and the experiences of men's lives.
Presentations are welcome on all aspects of masculinity and men's lives, including: fathering, working with young men, marriage issues, ending men's violence, homophobia, confronting racism, men's mental & physical health, anti-sexist activism, men & aging, men & spirituality, father-son relations, therapy, media, comedy, music and poetry, bi-sexuality, pornography & the sex industry, drug laws, men & prison, and more.
Professionals, activists, and students are encouraged to submit proposals and participate in the Conference. Formats may be presentations with Q&A, panels, roundtable discussions, experiential workshops, or other forms. We ask that everyone leave time for participant discussion/reaction.
To submit a proposal, please send the following: Brief title; name(s) of presenter(s), & short bios (e.g. 2-3 sentences); description of the presentation (perhaps a few sentences, or up to half a page); and any special considerations or equipment you would require.
Please send submissions to: nomasmm31@aol.com, or mail to: M&M31, 16 DeKoven Court, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2006. Note: you must be registered as a Conference attendee to offer a workshop. Registration fee: $195.


18th Annual Men's Studies Association Meeting Call for Papers:

The Men's Studies Association (MSA) is now accepting research paper, panel and presentation proposals for its 18th annual MSA meeting. The meeting will be held on Friday, August 4, 2006, 2:30-5:30pm, during the 31st National Conference on Men & Masculinity, Creating Connections for Gender Justice. The MSA is interested in proposals that evaluate current advances in the field of men's studies scholarship and examine diverse aspects of gender identity, gender roles, masculinity, and the experiences of men's lives.
The MSA is a multidisciplinary division of NOMAS that focuses on enhancing the lives of men and women through critical and pro-feminist study of men and masculinity. It brings together scholars, practitioners and activists from many fields to present studies and analyses of the social, cultural, and historical constructions of masculinity and male identity formation.
In the past, the MSA meeting has featured papers and presentations on a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to men and feminism; racism; homophobia; fathering; men and spirituality; prostitution and pornography; men and violence; men in the arts and history; constructs of gay masculinity; men in prison and more. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are encouraged to submit proposals and participate in the meeting.
To propose a paper, please send us the following information:
1) Brief title of presentation
2) Name(s) of presenter(s) as they will be printed in the meeting program
3) A brief biography of each presenter
4) 300-600 word proposal (or copy of completed paper)
5) Special considerations or equipment you require
Abstracts of accepted papers will appear in a special edition of Brother, the Journal of NOMAS.
Please send submissions to dgreene@ramapo.edu or mail to Professor David Greene, School of Social Science, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2006. Please share this information with your colleagues and institutions.

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February 28, 2006

Conference: Media and Visual Culture: Reading the Black Male Body

The American Studies Department at Wheelock College in Boston is holding a one-day conference on April 28th, 2006 entitled “Media and Visual Culture: Reading the Black Male Body.” The keynote speaker is Professor Herman Gray, author of Culture Moves: African Americans and the Politics of Representation. Other speakers include Mark Anthony Neal, Imani Perry, Keith Harris, Joyce Hope Scott, Gail Dines and Susan McDonald. The afternoon will feature a showing of Byron Hurt’s new documentary on hip-hop, Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip Hop Culture. The film was recently showcased at the Sundance Film Festival and will be shown on PBS later this year. After the viewing, Byron Hurt will lead a discussion.

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February 13, 2006

Violence Goes to College Conference

Violence Goes to College Conference
Boulder, Colorado May 22-24, 2006

The Violence Goes to College Conference offers an interdisciplinary approach and assists a wide range of campus departments, police, advocacy groups, prevention educators, government agencies, parents, and students learn the best practices for preventing violence and minimizing damage in the event of a disaster.

More info here: Violence Goes to College

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February 12, 2006

National Youth Summit: Erasing the Colors of Violence

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)National Youth Summit
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Each year the National Association of Students Against Violence
Everywhere hosts a Youth Summit for students, educators, law enforcement officers, and community members to celebrate the successes of SAVE chapters and their accomplishments in the violence prevention arena.

McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, April 1, 2006.

For additional information visit www.nationalsave.org

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February 09, 2006

Conference on The Achievements of Culturally Diverse Young Men

Promoting The Achievement of Culturally Diverse Young Males
Mid-Atlantic Equity Center Annual Regional Conference
Washington, DC - Friday, March 24, 2006

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February 07, 2006

American Men's Studies Association Conference and More

14th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities:
April 7-9, 2006, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Theme: No Man is an Island : Masculinities in Relation

Two other conferences announced on this site:

Media and Visual Culture: Reading the Black Male Body: The American Studies Department at Wheelock College in Boston will hold a one-day conference on April 28th, 2006

3rd Annual Conference on the College Male: Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN (near St. Cloud,about 1 hour from Minneapolis) Friday-Sunday, February 17-19, 2006. Theme: Men and Social Justice

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January 23, 2006

Youth Violence Conference in San Antonio, Texas

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Center for Violence Prevention, Medial School, and the School of Nursing Continuing Education Department in collaboration with Our Lady of the Lake University are co-sponsoring the 6th Annual Southern Knowledge: Youth Violence Prevention Conference to be held March 30-April 1, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas at the Historic Menger Hotel on the Riverwalk.

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December 19, 2005

Sexual Assault Conference in Georgia

2006 Sexual Assault Conference: “Circle of Hope: Reaching the Underserved of Georgia” Sponsored by: Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault - June 19-20th, 2006 Atlanta, GA
The hosts of this conference currently have a call for proposals. There is no website-link yet. But you can email for info at: arobertson@gnesa.org

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December 18, 2005

Conference: Violence - A Game For Men?

National Congress of the Mexican Academy of Gender Studies of Men Violence: A Game For Men? Guadalajara, Mexico - June 21-23, 2006.

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December 12, 2005

11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma - "Working together to end abuse." Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, CA September 14-19, 2005.

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November 10, 2005

10th Annual At-Home Dads Convention

Sorry I didn't know about this sooner....

10th Annual At-Home Dads Convention - Saturday, November 19th, Des Plaines, Illinois

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November 07, 2005

Third Annual Conference on The College Male

3rd Annual Conference on the College Male - at St. John's University
in Collegeville, Minnesota. The conference will begin with a pre-conference workshop on Friday evening, February 17th, 2006 and end with a post-conference workshop on Sunday, February 19th, 2006.

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October 25, 2005

Stop The Silence - The Race

An event to check out - The Third National Race To Stop The Silence. April 15, 2006. Stop Child Sexual Abuse.

Info here: Stop The Silence

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September 16, 2005

International Conference on Batterer Intervention

The work of batterer intervention is relatively new in the scheme of domestic violence intervention/prevention. There are many different ways of approaching this work, which has also led to controversies and tensions. There are also many questions that are not clearly answered: how do you define success (is it that the batterer is not arrested again or is it that he is completely free of controlling behavior); can woman be batterers and what type of treatment should be offered to them; is there a one-size fits all model of batterer intervention or is it appropriate to have different models for those of different cultures?

There has not been a national conference on batterer intervention for many years...until this November. From Roots to Wings: The Future of Batterer Intervention looks to be a great gathering of all of these different voices. Myself and some of my colleagues are going to both present as well as attend many of the presentations.

My plan is to post about some of my experiences there - to pass on the learning. In the meantime, if you live in the Detroit area and want to go or want to travel to attend this conference, sign-up quickly, it's filling up fast.

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July 13, 2005

Echoes of Violence

National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) is holding their 30th Annual Men and Masculinity Conference along with the 17th Men's Studies Association Meeting at Georgia State University from August 4th through 6th.

More Info: NOMAS Conference 2005

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