Date: 01Mar 2016

Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender and violence. He is the founder and president of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention and leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors, and is an acclaimed public lecturer who speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media, and multiracial, multinational masculinities. Since 1990, he has lectured at over 2500 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and across Europe, Australia and other countries. His TED talk, “Violence against Women is a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than 2.5 million times and he is the author of an influential book entitled, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. Katz has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

As part of HKU’s HeForShe initiative and to mark International Women’s Day, the CCPL, WRSC, and TWF are proud to welcome Dr Katz to run a workshop on his work of building a culture of prevention of harassment and violence on university campuses. With opening remarks by Professor Peter Mathieson (Vice-chancellor of HKU and HeforShe UN ambassador) Dr Katz will draw on the campus programs he runs in the US, sharing examples and experiences from the US and challenging the audience to confront sexist abuse and explore what it takes to become an empowered bystander: someone who witnesses potentially harmful behaviour and takes action that has the potential to lead to a positive outcome.