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COD to Host Free Talk by Renowned Speaker Jackson Katz Sept. 28

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College of DuPage will host a free talk "Taking It Personally: Why Gender Violence is an Issue for All Men" by internationally renowned speaker Jackson Katz from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the College's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

This event, sponsored by the College of DuPage Human Services program, is free and open to the public.

Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. In 1993 he co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention programs in high schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America. He also created the award-winning documentaries "Tough Guise" and "Tough Guise 2," and is the author of "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help."

During the talk, Katz will present paradigm-shifting concepts and strategies in the field of gender violence prevention education and other areas related to the advancement of gender and racial justice. He will address a number of issues, including the role of entertainment and social media in shaping gender norms, rethinking language used to talk about violence, and the dynamics of male and female peer cultures in keeping silent about abusive behaviors.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit cod.edu/programs/human_services/event, call (630) 942-2070 or email cainn392@dupage.edu.

Katz also will facilitate "Men Leading the Way," a multimedia conversation with community leaders about violence during a dinner and networking event for men only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. A limited number of openings are available. For more information and to attend "Men Leading the Way," contact Human Services Program Coordinator Andrea Polites at politesa@cod.edu.

The Human Services program at College of DuPage is dedicated to providing quality instruction and in-depth clinical training for individuals interested in serving and assisting people in the areas of addictions, gerontology, corrections, developmental disabilities, domestic/family violence, psychiatric rehabilitation and residential child care. All programs are approved by the Council on Standards in Human Services education. In addition to certificate or degree options, many working professionals choose to complete Human Services coursework at COD for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Click here for more information about the Human Services program at COD.

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