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Kathleen Barry, PhD: Unmaking War, Remaking Men

Kathleen Barry, PhD
Unmaking War, Remaking Men:
How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics,
Our Soldiers and Ourselves

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Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area (HAGSA)

Kathleen Barry holds two doctorates—in sociology and in education—from the University of California, Berkeley. Having taught at major universities for over twenty years, she is now a university Professor Emerita. A Distinguished Visiting Professor at several universities, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland and an invited scholar at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. The author of five books and an internationally recognized feminist/human rights activist, she lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad.

Unmaking War, Remaking Men, her latest book, introduces new concepts such as core masculinity and expendable lives. It exposes how masculinity and the military prepare men for killing and introduces new approaches to world peace and a new masculinity that is already in the making.

There will surely be many questions about a previous book, Drones or Boys and their Toys: The USA’s Latest Strategy for Unending War.

This promises to be an intensely interesting meeting, but with a great deal of common ground.

Your edible and potable contributions to the snack table will, as usual, be most welcome.

Coffee, both regular and decaffeinated, will be provided in the usual abundance.

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  • Paula V.

    I liked that she wrote 3 books.I think she rambled a lot from the topic which loses the audience & had to many personal anecdotes that distracted more than illuminated.I think she was focused on a symptom & not a causal problem which is what I had hoped was to be discussed.

    April 21, 2013

    • Kenneth E. N.

      Symptom vs. cause, good point. That troubled me too. I also struggle with nature vs. nurture debates -- the dividing line is so murky! Most troubling was the hint that she favored criminalizing prostitution. That's just the same worn road as Prohibition and the Drug War. By driving it undergrond, we will only make it worse. Far better to decriminalize private commerce between consenting adults, but provide alternatives (jobs, education, human help) so desperate women will not be forced there in the first place.

      April 22, 2013

    • Paula V.

      Nature vs nurture will always be a serious issue until people learn to accept first & foremost we ARE animals & do some things to blow off steam that are not inherently harmful.As Shakespeare so insightfully wrote."There is no good or bad only thinking makes it so".Wrestling to release tension is not harmful.

      April 22, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Interesting speaker, interesting topic. I only agreed with half of what she said, but I am glad I came to listen.

    April 22, 2013

  • Kenneth E. N.

    Well spoken, a bit on the angry side, I could not totally agree with her worldview. But I am glad she was there to express it.

    April 21, 2013

  • Florence

    As much as I'd love to learn more about this, I'm swamped w/household chores.

    April 21, 2013

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