A Consortium of Scholars

April 7, 2010

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wagner College

Foundation Hall Confrence Room


A new academic discipline, male studies, explores the male as male, masculinity, and the lives of boys and men. This consortium brings together eminent scholars representing a range of academic disciplines, including anthropology, education, history, medicine, politics and psychology. Panelists together with teleconferencing scholars with take a fresh look at the male in history and a rapidly changing global culture. The male as male will be permitted to appear in all his complexity as new values are being forged and traditional values that have proven the test of time are affirmed. The consortium will set the stage for additional conferences and academic programs at institutions of higher learning and will support optimal conditions in which boys and men can thrive in all areas of their lives as male human beings.


11:00 am        Welcome: Edward Stephens, MD

                       Chair, On Step Institute

11:10 am         Introduction: Miles Groth, PhD, Wagner College

                               Professor, Department of Psychology

                               Editor, The International Journal of Men’s Health (The Men’s Studies Press)

                               Editor, Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies (The Men’s Studies Press)

                       Panel Moderators:

                       Christina Hoff Sommers, PhD

                               American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

                               Washington, DC

                       Lionel Tiger, PhD, Rutgers University

                               Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology

                               Author, The Decline of Males (St. Martin’s Press 1999)

11:15 am         Rationale for a New Academic Discipline: Male Studies

                       Dennis Gouws, PhD, Springfield College

                               Associate Professor, Department of English

                       Rocco Capraro, PhD, Hobart William Smith College

                               Associate Dean

                               Director, The Program of Men’s Studies

                       Katherine Young, PhD. McGill University

                       Paul Nathanson, PhD, McGill University

                               Co-authors of Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture

                               (McGill University Press 2006), Legalizing Misadry: From Public Shame to Systemic

                               Discrimination against Men (McGill University Press 2006) and Transcending Misandry

                               (McGill University Press, forthcoming)

12:15 pm         Interactive Session with Teleconferees and Panelists

12:45 pm         Wrap-up by Panel Moderators


                               First Annual Conference on Male Studies (October 1-2, 2010)

                               Launching of Male Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2011)

12:55 pm         Call for conference papers: Miles Groth, PhD

Sponsored by The On Step Institute

Edward Stephens, MD, Chair

For more information about the Foundation for Male Studies and future conferences, email: wagnerconference@malestudies.org.

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