JohnathanLukeWoodWinona State University will host “Countering Hegemonic Masculinity” with guest speaker Jonathan Luke Wood and Professor Mary Jo Klinker Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The event will begin with Wood’ s keynote presentation from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and conclude with a panel discussion facilitated by Wood and Klinker from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Both events take place in the Science Laboratory Center, room 120.

In “Countering Hegemonic Masculinity,” Wood will examine the role of hegemonic masculinity in producing conditions that foster a culture of sexual violence. According to Wood, boys are taught from an early age that being a “man” means to be competitive, tough, controlling and emotionally restrictive. Many men are socialized to perceive sexual promiscuity as a marker of personal success and self-worth, often resulting in actions that marginalize and objectify women.. This interactive presentation will engage the audience in critical reflection of how men can proactively advocate against sexual violence and the identity-related challenges associated with such interventions.

Wood is Associate Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program Concentration in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University. He is Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national project at SDSU in partnership with community colleges across the nation to enhance access, achievement and success among male minority community college students. In addition, he is Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Community College, Chair-Elect for the Council on Ethnic Participation for Association for the Study of Higher Education and Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy. Wood has written over 80 publications including five co-authored books, five edited books and 40 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Klinker is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Winona State University. Her research focuses on the relation of queer activism and theory to feminist antimilitarist organizing and anti-imperialist critique. Her interests in teaching include: LGBT/Queer politics and history, transnational feminism, postfeminist media studies and contemporary masculinities.

This event is sponsored by the Winona State University Inclusion and Diversity Office and KEAP Diversity Resource Center.

For more information, contact Alexander Hines, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, at

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