The Men's Story Project, Thursday, 7/18, 4-6pm
Founded and directed by Josie Lehrer (ScD, Harvard School of Public Health),The Men's Story Project is a performance and dialogue project that explores social ideas about masculinity for the purpose of health and justice. This film debuts the stories of a diverse group of 16 Bay Area artists, activists, and first-time presenters, ages 22-60, who tell about their lives through slam poetry, monologues, music, and dance.
Facilitating discussion is Natalie Millman, MSW student at Columbia University School of Social Work. Natalie lives in Manhattan and works as an advocate for a variety of issues. Amongst other activities, Natalie teaches writing classes in Manhattan and has facilitated formal conversations for groups since May 2012.
Film segments/chapters will be screened for an hour, followed by an hour's discussion on topics presented by such people as obert Haaland, the first transgender candidate elected to San Francisco public office; Juan Cuba (San Francisco Women Against Rape); Leroy Moore (Sins Invalid); Galen Peterson (Art in Action); and members of the Berkeley and San Francisco slam poetry championship teams.
For those wishing to stay longer and see the full film (114 minutes), additional screening will take place from 6-7pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
Where: 306 Russell
For this "TalkAbout," I would like to show a documentary called The Men's Story Project. This documentary shows what can happen when you invite men to tell their stories, with experiences ranging across the spectra of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious belief, disability, age, education, familial composition, mental health, and other intersectional factors.
This event precedes an effort to feature gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, pansexual, and other men of color in NYC in a similar upcoming event, to be held on September 14, 2013. This event constitutes an informational event about this upcoming Men's Story Project NYC as well as a conversation about the documentary.
All people are welcome to attend!
PLEASE inform your friends who are interested in LGBTQ* issues and issues of race, class, and mental health about this event!
Location for this event will be the Gottesman Libraries at Teacher's College. The room is found in Russell Hall, Room 306.
PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT COLUMBIA STUDENTS, STAFF, OR FACULTY: please remember to come about 10 minutes early to SIGN IN at the front desk at the 525 W. 120th Street entrance to Teacher's College.
4pm to 4:15pm: Introduction
4:15pm to 5:15pm: Film screening
5:15 to 6pm: Discussion
6:00pm: Discussion concludes
6:05pm: Additional film viewing (for those who are interested)
7:00pm: Event concludes
The cost is free! Light refreshments will be provided; please consider donating $2-$3 to help ease the burden of administrative costs for photocopies, refreshments, etc.
Any questions, please message Natalie at [masked]
Note: Harassment of any kind - on the basis of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender presentation, or on the basis of race or ability or any other reason - during Meetups offered by this group will not be tolerated. Violators will be asked to leave, and banned from the group.
ALSO: Because of the time limit, this conversation is not intended to be a group therapy session to talk about personal traumatic experiences of homophobia or gender discrimination/sexism, nor is it intended to be a place to talk about specific cases of horrific abuse that we have encountered professionally. While these experiences are close to our hearts and motivate us to care deeply about this kind of work, the focus of this conversation is on discussing strategies to work against these forces and advocate for change on a multi-systems level.