Michael Kimmel, a leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity, will lecture at Hamilton College on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium. The lecture, titled “Guyland” and based on his book, is free and open to the public.
Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008) is a best-selling investigation of young people’s lives today, based on interviews with more than 400 young men, ages 16-26. Featured in major television and radio interviews, the book was widely reviewed and praised in all major media outlets.
Kimmel is a SUNY Stony Brook sociology professor. The author or editor of more than 20 volumes, his other books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity, Men Confront Pornography, The Politics of Manhood, The Gender of Desire and The History of Men (2005). His documentary history, “Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990” chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. His book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting,” “superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating.”
The lecture is sponsored by Hamilton’s Irwin Chair Fund with support from the Department of Women's Studies, Dean of Faculty's Office, Office of Disability and Diversity, The Womyn's Center, Office of the President and The Cultural Education Center.