Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Friday March 21 2014


guylandDr. Michael Kimmel, world-renown scholar on men and masculinity and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Stony Brook University in New York, will give a lecture on Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center.

In 1950, most Americans had completed the transition from adolescence to adulthood by age 21 or so. Today, it's more likely to be by age 30, according to Dr. Kimmel, whose presentation is based on his best-selling book, Guyland. He interviewed more than 400 young people across the country to offer a glimpse of why so many guys are adrift through their 20s, and offers a road map toward a more conscious adulthood.

A regular on CNN, Dr. Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than 20 volumes, his other books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005), and The History of Men (2005).

His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 1992), chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. This “inspiring, pathbreaking collection of remarkable documents” (Dissent) was also called “meticulously researched” (Booklist) and a “pioneering volume” which “will serve as an inspirational sourcebook for both women and men.” (Publishers’ Weekly).