October 16, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— Sociologist Michael Kimmel, a pioneering writer about men and masculinity from a pro-feminist perspective, will speak about “Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth? Women and Men in the New Millenium,” on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Front Room at Amherst College. He will discuss the changes in the relationship between men and women during the past forty years, addressing common problems in relationships and in the workplace, family and classroom. His talk and a reception will be free and open to the public.

Kimmel, a professor of sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook, argues that gender differences result from institutional, gender-based inequalities, not biological or sex-role socialization. He has written numerous books, including Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987); Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States (1992), Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) and, most recently, The Gendered Society (2000). He edits the international journal Men and Masculinities, and testified for the U.S. Department of Justice in the cases for coeducation at the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel. As spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, Kimmel has lectured throughout the country and organized workshops for men and women focused on promoting gender equality and preventing sexual harassment, acquaintance rape, sexual assault and pornography.

This presentation is part of a year-long series of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of coeducation at Amherst, and is sponsored by the Mellon Fund.