Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity

April 04, 2017

7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jackson Katz, an internationally renowned scholar on issues of race, gender, and violence, will present a multimedia lecture at Grinnell College on at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017 in the Harris Center Cinema. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The free, public lecture is titled "Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity," which is also the title of Katz' latest book.

Katz, who holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA, is an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist in the areas of race, gender, and violence. He is a top masculinity scholar and has been a leader in bringing men into the movement for gender equality. He also has produced the documentaries Tough Guise 1 and 2 and The Mask You Live In, both of which examine masculinity in the United States.

"I have followed Katz’s work on masculinity for over 20 years and have used many of his documentaries in my teaching," says Susan Ferguson, professor and chair of sociology. "When I learned of his recent book, I thought this talk on the gendered discourse of the 2016 election would be incredibly timely for the campus and town communities."

Katz also is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America. He is the author of another book, titled The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How all Men Can Help. He has published academic articles on topics as far-ranging as Eminem, the gender politics of conservative talk radio, violent white masculinity in advertising, juvenile detention, pornography, and sports metaphors in presidential politics.

Katz's visit is sponsored by Sociology; Political Science; The Wilson Center; American Studies; Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies; Athletics; Intercultural Affairs; Student Government Association; Title IX office; and Wellness and Prevention.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to Susan Ferguson.