One Billion Rising in Charlottesville

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As February rolls around, the One Billion Rising Team in Charlottesville, Virginia are not the only folks in town gearing up. After attending any one of our five events, check out some of the other events that will be happening around VDay:


What is a Community of Trust? A Public Conversation about Gender Violence at U.Va.
Thursday, February 7
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Ern Commons

How do we end gender violence at the University? Gina Maisto Smith, JD, an expert in university policy related to sexual misconduct, and Dorothy Edwards, PhD, expert in prevention of gender violence, will lead a public conversation about ending gender violence at the University. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a discussion of how the University can be a national leader in ending gender violence. All members of the University and greater community are invited to attend. Opening remarks by President Teresa Sullivan.

Co-sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Endorsed by FIFE, SALC, SAPA, SAFE, One in Four, the White Ribbon Campaign, Student Council, Honor Committee, Women’s Center, Faculty Senate, Shelter for Help in Emergency and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.


“Guy Fi: The Fictions that Rule Men’s Lives”
Feb. 13, 7-8:30 pm in Minor Hall 124


Dr. Christopher Kilmartin is a college professor, author, stand-up comedian, actor, playwright, consultant and professional psychologist.  He is a professor of Psychology at The University of Mary Washington and serves as a consultant on gender based violence issues with businesses, college students, human services workers, athletic departments, the military, and counselors.  His major scholarly work includes The Masculine Self; Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism; The Pain behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression and Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender. This multi-media storytelling/lecture hybrid incorporates both humor and serious thought to address the gender ideologies that pressure men to behave and experience the self in certain ways, some of which lead to problems such as educational underachievement, relationship difficulties, homophobia and violence. Dr. Kilmartin challenges his audiences to critically think about the difficulties of resisting a pressure that one cannot name, and how educating men about masculine pressures can position them to resist influences that may conflict with life goals and/or contribute to hurting another person.

Pornography and Masculinity: The Production and Consumption of Inequality 

We live in a culture in which violence and aggression are normative aspects of idealized masculinity, in which pornography functions as a core component of most boys and young men’s gender and sexual socialization, and in which levels of men’s violence against women reach pandemic levels. In a frank and honest discussion, Dr. Matt Ezzell, Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University, will explore the ways these things are connected.

When: Friday, February 15th, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM (bring your lunch, light refreshments will be provided)

Where: Open Grounds (on the Corner, across from Qdoba and the White Spot, next to the Women’s Center) 

Please RSVP and direct any questions to Emily Loranger,


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