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6504-Malone University and Domestic Violence Project, Inc. to host anti-gender violence activist Jackson Katz April 11-12

6504-February 22, 2013

JacksonDomestic Violence Project, Inc. and Malone University's Department of Social Work are collaborating to host author/speaker/filmmaker Jackson Katz, Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. for a lecture, and Friday April 12 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for a seminar in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the Malone University campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.

Both programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for the Friday seminar. Additional sponsors are The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker, and acclaimed lecturer who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy.  He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the original "bystander" programs and the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics in North America. He is the creator of the film Tough Guise and author of The Macho Paradox and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood.  He lectures widely in the United States and around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.

Topics for the event include:

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. Johnson Center Worship Center - More than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence against Women.

Friday, April 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Johnson Center Dining Room – Bystander Intervention: Mentors in Violence Prevention, a seminar for educators, coaches, college and high school peer leaders. SWK, Counselor and RCH CEUs available.

Since 1990, Katz has lectured at more than 1,200 colleges, universities, public and private high schools, professional conferences and military installations in 47 states, five Canadian provinces and many other countries.

"For men in particular, the idea is to help them develop the skills to challenge the sexist attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of their peers along a continuum that ranges from telling sexist jokes with no women present all the way to relationship abuse and rape, said Dr. Katz. "When men in peer cultures throughout the society - from high school students to corporate executives - make it clear to each other that they will not tolerate or accept misogyny or disrespect toward women by their fellow men, the behavior will be reduced significantly, because most men - young and old - want to be liked and accepted by their friends and peers."

The bystander approach focuses on how witnesses can either support violence or challenge it through viable interventions.

"In avoiding violence – whether involving intimate partners, bullying or social situations – the bystander intervention model is powerful," said Melissa Pearce, DVPI executive director/CEO. "Peer influence significantly impacts choices on campuses and in high schools. Helping students develop the skills of resiliency and critical thinking is important and can help prevent situations like the one in Steubenville or others in our own community."

For more information, call 330.445.2004 or visit www.domesticviolenceproj.org. Events are being underwritten by The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio.

The Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI), a private, non-profit organization established in 1978, is committed to providing a strong, comprehensive safety net for the families in our community. DVPI clients are welcomed by a caring and compassionate staff offering supportive services necessary to establish an abuse-free lifestyle.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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