WMU News

Dominant groups' roles in social justice efforts

Feb. 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- From men fighting for feminism to whites advocating against racism, the powerful and positive impact those from traditionally dominant groups can have in the quest for social justice for others will be discussed by an expert visiting Western Michigan University Thursday, Feb. 15.

Dr. Harry Brod, associate professor of philosophy and humanities and director of the University Honors Program at the University of Northern Iowa, will talk about "Working From and Against Privilege: Whites Against Racism, Men Against Sexism and Straights Against Heterosexism," at 7 p.m. in Room 209 of the Bernhard Center. Sponsored by the WMU Graduate Student Advisory Committee, the program is free and open to the public.

Brod has lectured, taught, written and organized widely on the profeminist men's movement. The author of several books, including "The Making of Masculinities: The New Men's Studies," and "A Mensch Among Men: Explorations in Jewish Masculinity," he is currently working on a book about anti-racist white men.

According to Doris Dirks, GSAC chairperson, Brod offers interesting insight into a number of issues that impact various movements for social justice.

"Academically, he does some very interesting work in gender, sexism, masculinity and being Jewish," she says. "The committee feels that bringing someone like Brod to campus to share his insights is a good thing to do for the University community and shows our interest in contributing to the community."

For more information, persons should contact Dirks at (616) 387-8207.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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