Speaker to Discuss Gender Violence Prevention
HOLLAND - Dr. Jackson Katz, an internationally recognized authority on the prevention of gender violence, will present the address "More Than a Few Good Men" at Hope College on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Katz's visit is sponsored by the Center for Women in Transition of Holland and the DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership through Alliances) Project of Ottawa County in collaboration with several Hope programs and organizations. While in West Michigan, he will also be featured during a Center-organized dinner on Wednesday, April 13, in Holland and a luncheon on Thursday, April 14, in Grand Haven.
An educator, author, filmmaker and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender "Mentors in Violence Prevention" (MVP) program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Katz, as one of the key architects of the bystander approach, founded MVP in 1993 as one of the first programs to use a "bystander" model for gender violence prevention, encouraging men to act as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.
Today MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. It has been implemented by many teams in the NFL, a number of Major League Baseball clubs, NASCAR and several other sports organizations.
Since 1997, Katz has directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps. MVP trainings have been held with U.S. Army personnel in Iraq, and the U.S. Navy. Katz has also served as a subject-matter expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force.
Katz has produced an award-winning educational video, "Tough Guise," and had featured appearances in the films "Wrestling with Manhood" and "Spin the Bottle." That exposure, along with his lectures across the United States and around the world, has brought his insights into masculinity and gender to millions of students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. He is the author of the influential book "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help" (Sourcebooks, 2006). Since 1990, he has lectured at more than 1,100 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 47 states, four Canadian provinces, Europe, Australia and several other countries.
Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard University, and has a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA. A native of Boston, Mass., he lives with his family in the Los Angeles, Calif., area.
More information about Katz and gender violence prevention can be found at www.jacksonkatz.com.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.