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St. Norbert College to Host Summit on Masculinity

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From St. Norbert College, October 17, 2016
by Matthew Matuszak,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College will host a first-ever summit on masculinity for the Fox Valley region from Wednesday, Nov. 2, to Thursday, Nov. 3, on the college campus. All summit events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday features the launch ceremony of the Dr. Harry Brod Masculinities Studies Collection in the Mulva Library Reflection Lounge from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a Founder's Dialogue session at 7 p.m. in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. The dialogue session will feature professor and author Brod, currently a distinguished visiting professor at St. Norbert College, as well as noted masculinity studies scholars Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel.

Thursday's events will be held in the F. K. Bemis International Conference Center on the college campus. This second day of the summit is focused on community conversation and will feature visiting professor Harry Brod, director of player development for the Green Bay Packers Rob Davis, Oneida Nation leader Norbert Hill, co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign Michael Kaufman, scholar Jesse Steinfeldt and My Brother's Keeper founder Harry Sydney as panelists during breakfast, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Workshops will follow from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with a closing panel from 10 to 11 a.m.

The summit is co-sponsored by the St. Norbert College Cassandra Voss Center (CVC) and St. Norbert College Counseling and Psychological Services, with a grant from the NCAA and in collaboration with the Fox Valley Voices of Men and St. Norbert College Athletics.

The Cassandra Voss Center was opened in 2013 to honor the life of Cassandra J. Voss, who died in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21 during her senior year at St. Norbert College. She was on track to graduate as the college's first women's and gender studies major. The CVC provides a collaborative learning environment for the study of women and gender using an integrated educational approach connecting theory, research, experiential learning and co-curricular development.

Brod is residing on campus during his distinguished visiting professorship and is currently a professor of sociology and humanities at the University of Northern Iowa. He has his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and his B.A. in humanities from New York University. Brod is teaching two courses on masculinity during his stay, one for undergraduate students and one for students in the college's graduate program. He is also leading a faculty/staff masculinity study group during his visit.

For more information, contact the Cassandra Voss Center at 920-403-4116 or email

For a detailed list of events and speaker bios, visit

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