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Oct. 25: 'Bad Boys and Bystanders: An Evening with Jackson Katz'

National lecturer to address ongoing problems of men's violence against women.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-19-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Jackson Katz, an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist, will discuss the “bystander approach” to dealing with violence against women during an event, “Bad Boys and Bystanders: An Evening with Jackson Katz,” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The event is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Katz will discuss ongoing problems of men’s violence against women. His lecture will address sexual assault on campuses, and the way the bystander approach provides a way for everyone to be involved as part of a solution to sexual assaults.

Katz will provide some background about the development of the bystander approach in the program he created, the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which was the first large-scale effort to engage sports culture in gender violence prevention. Katz co-founded that program in 1993 at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

During his presentation, Katz will explain his work in college and professional sports culture and all branches of the U.S. military. There will also be a discussion about the role of media in shaping the sexist and sexually degrading social norms that the bystander approach was designed in part to counteract.

Katz (pictured at left) speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media and multiracial, multinational masculinities. His thousands of lectures in North America and overseas have brought his insights into issues of gender and violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement.

Katz has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a doctorate in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

This event is sponsored by the Violence and Awareness and Response Program in Minnesota State Mankato’s Women’s Center. Those who want more information about this event may contact Violence Awareness and Response Coordinator Laura Schultz by phone at 507-389-5127 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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