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April 9, 2008

Katz to educate, mentor community on ending violence against women April 17

Jackson KatzFinding the solution to ending violence against women may seem like a daunting task, but there are 10 steps one can take to help prevent it. The University of Iowa is following the preventative list made by one man, which includes educating the community on gender-based violence through presentations, books, films and courses.

The University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center, in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, has invited Jackson Katz, known internationally for his work in the field of gender violence prevention education, to present two talks that are free and open to the public.

Katz will present "More Than Just a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI campus. This is an interactive, multimedia presentation that will interpose irreverent humor with unpleasant reality to help stimulate dialogue between the sexes by helping to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger forces.

He will also speak on "Strategies for Inspiring Men and Boys to be Allies in Gender Violence Prevention" at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Little Theatre in West High School. Though this talk is free and open to the public, it is geared toward teachers, counselors and coaches; advocates and social service providers; and law enforcement, correctional services and criminal justice staff members. Lane Plugge, Iowa City Community School District superintendent, will introduce Jackson.

"Katz's work is the inspiration behind a new project at WRAC and the Men's Anti-Violence Council, which encourages men to actively speak out against gender-based violence and work to create a campus culture that is respectful and safe for everyone, especially women," WRAC Director Monique DiCarlo, said.

Katz, who has designed the 7 p.m. presentation for college students, high-school varsity athletes and their coaches, and members of youth leadership organizations, is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program in professional and college athletics.

"The cultures of athletics and the military, as they are portrayed in our media outlets, tend to emphasize power, dominance, and a 'might makes right' type of ethic," said Sam Cochran, director of UI University Counseling Service and clinical professor in the UI College of Education. "Jackson Katz deftly deconstructs the values and images so widespread in our culture that portray the use of violence by some men to dominate women and other men, and in so doing challenges us all to work collaboratively to resist these values and images."

Katz, who is also the creator of educational videos including "Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity" (2000), "Wrestling with Manhood," (2002), and "Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies, and Alcohol" (2004) wrote a book in 2006 titled "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help."

"Bringing Jackson Katz to campus was a specific goal of our Department of Justice grant from the Office on Violence Against Women," DiCarlo said. "Jackson's lecture supports the anti-violence work that many students, staff, and faulty members are currently engaged in to make our campus and community safer."

Event co-sponsors include the DVIP, University Counseling Service, UI Athletic Department, Johnson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Department of Corrections Batterers Education Program, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, UI College of Law, UI Department of Psychology, UI College of Business, University Housing and the Iowa City Community School District.

"A respectful and safe campus can only exist if we all believe it is our responsibility to create it," DiCarlo said. "We hope students, especially male students, are inspired to take action and hear the invitation to be part of a campus movement that responds to dating violence, stalking and sexual assault."

The presentation, supported by a federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, is part of a collaborative, campus-wide effort to address gender-based violence. The project currently includes the following: education programs for all first-year Iowa students; training for hearing officers; ongoing educational programs; development of a men's anti-violence group; a support group for survivors; and educational materials provided to victims by the Johnson County Attorney's Office.

For more information or special accommodations to attend either of these events, contact Kristie Doser at 319-351-1042, ext.112.

For more information on WRAC, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac/.

For more information on DVIP, see http://www.dvipiowa.org/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Monique DiCarlo, WRAC, 319-335-1486, wrac@uiowa.edu; Kristie Doser, DVIP, 319-351-1042, Ext. 112, dvip@avalon.net; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Gloria Hurtado