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Lecture: Role of Masculinity in Obesity & Self-image

Thursday, September 25, 2014
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center @ Student Union 403

The Rainbow Center's Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Ailton Coleman, entitled, "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Manliest of Them All-The Role of Masculinity in Obesity and Self-Image."

In this class-driven lecture we will review modern issues surrounding the conceptualization of masculinity with the American culture. Specifically, students will: Examine psychological measures of masculinity, male sexual norms, and gender role conflict; discuss the role of masculinity on body image and obesity and its affect on the LGBT community throughout the class; and learn common terms related to the discussion of masculinity.

Ailton “Santo” Coleman is a graduate researcher and doctoral candidate at the Center for Public Health and Health Policy in Farmington, CT. He has worked on cross-cultural interventions for the past ten years. His earliest experience in the field of multi-cultural promotion was with college-aged students at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA as a Community Assistant. After graduating as a Georgia Hope Scholar, he worked with middle school and high school-aged children as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in developing a cross-cultural enrichment class called Personal and Social Education in the Republic of Kiribati. Upon returning to the United States, he completed his Master’s in Public Health, in Public Health Policy and Management at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health at the University of Arizona as a Paul Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow. His research area is focused on minority and men’s health issues.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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