Spotlight on 

Men and Gender Equality


Jackson Katz, PhD & Kane Smego | April 3, 2019

Addresses current issues such as #MeToo, the Gillette ad, R. Kelly’s

recent arrest, Robert Kraft,  the assault of nuns, and more…

Watch the Trailer from Dr. Katz's NEW Film The Bystander Moment >

Red Lion | 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416 | Free Parking

Jackson Katz, PhD

is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. In 1993 he co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention programs in high schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and around the world on violence, media and masculinities.


Katz is the author of two critically acclaimed books including, "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How all Men Can Help". His TEDx Talk is titled, “Violence Against Women—it’s a Men’s Issue”. He is featured in the documentary, “Miss Representation" and his latest film "The Bystander Moment" is out now.  Learn More at

Kane Smego

is an internationally touring spoken word poet and Hip Hop Artist, educator, and National Poetry Slam finalist. Kane is the Associate Director of Next Level, a cultural diplomacy program that sends American Hip-Hop Artists across the globe to promote cultural exchange and conflict prevention.

Panel Moderated by Kane Smego

Paul Dunion, EdD, LPC, Founder of Boys to Men and COMEGA

Gary McNamara, MPA, Retired Deputy Chief of the Fairfield Connecticut Police Department, Advisory Board Member for Jane Doe No More

Becky Rutrough, Domestic Violence Survivor, Certified Counselor Victim Advocate, Founder/CEO, RU Motivate

Charles Grady, CEO & Founder of Hang Time and Her Time | Read More


  • Learn new strategies for involving boys and men in gender violence prevention efforts. 

  • Gain insights into working with athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators, as well as male business and labor leaders, religious leaders, and other influential men 

  • Gain knowledge and understanding around the reasons why few men to date have become actively involved in gender violence prevention efforts. 

  • Be introduced to racially/ethnically sensitive, culturally competent ways to approach gender violence prevention.

  • Learn how to apply critical media literacy skills to gender violence prevention efforts.  

  • Learn to analyze and communicate various aspects of your unique social identity through creative writing. 

  • Learn the basic concepts of intersectionality and how they relate to the fields of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Spotlight On Events


The Connecticut Women’s Consortium Spotlight conferences are designed to shine a light on pertinent topics in behavioral health, challenging participants to confront their own biases and beliefs and conceptualize innovative ways to address community issues.

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8:00am Sign-In Starts  | 9am-4:30 pm | 6 Credits | $125 | NEW! Student Rate $60 contact


The Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Venue update 12/2018


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