Oct. 11, 2018
Don McPherson, former All-America quarterback at Syracuse University and a veteran of the National Football and Canadian Football Leagues, will speak in the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. His presentation is titled “The Blind Spot of Masculinity” and will focus on language that sets a standard of narrow expectations of masculinity while simultaneously establishing that women are “less than” men, as well as on nurturing positive language.
For more than 34 years, McPherson has incorporated sports and athletics to confront challenging social issues. He utilizes the appeal of sports to focus on a positive understanding of masculine identity — one that does not degrade women and focuses on quality personal attributes and integrity instead.
In 1995, he turned his focus to the issue of sexual violence and intimate partner abuse as director of the Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention program and emerged as a national leader and advocate for promoting gender equality and ending violence.
He has conducted workshops and lectures for more than 250 college campuses, community organizations and national sports and violence prevention organizations. His programs and lectures have reached more than 1 million people.
The presentation is free, but reservations are recommended. Please call the Saint Vincent event reservation line at 724-805-2177.
This presentation is made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s It’s on Us PA program and sponsored by the Saint Vincent Title IX Office and Athletic Department.
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