Breakout Session 1

Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM


Feminism- Not Just for Women

Location: Board Room
Presenters: Greg Fink & Andrew Carruth
Description: Can a man be a feminist?  Of course.  The term “feminism” may seem solely exclusive to the female gender.  To be fair, the word itself may seem focused on only females, but, in fact, the term is much more inclusive to all genders.  As socially-aware men, it is time to help support a concept that men have always been invited to join and encourage greater understanding of their involvement.  The following session will introduce the foundational concepts of feminism, the growing socialization of its impact, and an invitation for all genders to embrace its lessons in action.  Participants will be challenged to understand their own assumptions and education regarding feminism and transform their beliefs into more self-aware opinions and actions for the future.

What's Manhood Anyway?

Location: Auxilary A
Presenter: Eric Johnson
Description: What’s manhood anyway? takes the listener through the history of the world’s definitions and distinctions of manhood to a personal discovery of one’s own discovery of manhood and freedom be a MAN. The session will explore masculinity as it pertains to work, wealth, women, discipline, destiny and daddysm.

Social Identity and Leadership

Location: Auxilary B
Presenter: Varselles Cummings
Description: Social Identity explores concepts of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation. Join us to learn more about what it means to be part of different social groups and how those apply to your own leadership experiences, strengths, motivations, and values.

Masculinity and the Military Ethos

Location: Main Room
Presenter: Lt. Col. Christian Emmerson
Description: Masculinity in the military and the historical perceptions of a masculine military culture have played an important role in its ethos, or in other words, fundamental military character. Furthermore, it has influenced policies, recruiting, warfighting philosophy, and greater role as a microcosm of society at large. Are these perceptions what has also been called hyper-masculinity still valid? Throughout the centuries, from the ancient Greeks through the current post-Cold War era, the military has evolved in order to ensure effectiveness, relevance, and often to reflect the societal norms and principles of the nations they serve. Has the military changed too much or too little? The ideals of service and sacrifice, physical, mental, and moral toughness, cohesion, stoicism, and aggressiveness have defined the military class from its inception but have also been traits emulated by civilian culture in education, movies pop culture, video games, and even gender roles. How has the evolving military characteristic of masculinity influenced the development of our citizens, students and our societal environment?