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Nationally known anti-sexist activist to present lecture at UNI

April 15, 2014
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Annette Lynch, director, UNI Center for Violence Prevention, 319-273-3054, annette.lynch@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- How can we educate men about sex and gender issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? Nationally known anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz will address these issues head-on during "More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in Sabin Hall, Room 002, on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Katz is the creator of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) anti-violence program, which is offered at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention.

"A vast majority of men, like their female peers, are uncomfortable and disturbed with the very high rates of sexual violence occurring on college campuses and in our communities," said Annette Lynch, director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. "Jackson Katz calls on these men to stand as allies with women to inspire others to work to prevent and end gender-based violence. This lecture is a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty and staff to meet the founder of the MVP program, providing background and inspiration for the MVP training that happens every semester here at UNI."

The MVP program has been used by thousands of students, high school student-athletes, college athletes and professional sports teams, such as the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Socks. The program diffuses the old understanding of male behaviors and attitudes toward gender violence and creates a new point of view on gender equality.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynch at 319-273-3054 or annette.lynch@uni.edu.