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Online – Refraction: A Gender and Sexuality Discussion Series

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST


Session 3: Detoxing Masculinity

Issues related to gender and sexuality continue to be paramount in many areas, including politics, law, health care, parenting, identity, and social justice. In this three-part discussion series, we will consider how gender and sexuality are refracted, or how their meaning and social expression are changing and moving as we think through the topics of book bans, transgender rights, and masculinity.

Many experts agree that the men and boys of the United States are not ok. By many measures they are falling behind and many of the impacts are less widely talked about. This session of Refraction: A Gender and Sexuality Discussion Series will seek to pull apart the term toxic masculinity and look instead at detoxing masculinity. Hamline Professor Ryan Jerome LeCount will talk about masculinity and its social expression, particularly in the area of politics and social change in Minnesota and the United States. He will be joined by author Jeremy Norton, who recently published Trauma Sponges, a first-hand account of his experience working as an EMT in the emergency response sector, and what it means for a male-dominated industry to be both full of bravura heroics and deal with intense trauma on a daily basis.

What you can expect from this series:

  • Scholars, experts, community members, and authors will share what the landscape looks like nationally and in Minnesota, as well as talk about their personal experiences and perspectives.
  • Each session will have a resource list of articles, books, and organizations to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand.
  • Engage in small and large group discussions as well as exploring ways to effect change and take action.


Registration is required. There is no cost to attend; sign up for one or all three sessions. Each session will take place virtually; a zoom link will be sent closer to the date of the session.

Educators can receive CEU’s for attending.

Registration Questions: registrations@mnhum.org

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February 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
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