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Friday, October 4 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Exclusionary Inclusion: 100 Years of Gender Trouble in the U.S. Military

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Stephanie Szitanyi and Melissa T. Brown discuss Szitanyi's new book, Gender Trouble in the U.S. Military, and gender inclusion in our armed forces over the past century. Join the conversation about governmental policy shifts—permitting openly LGBT persons to serve and women to engage in combat, contending with military sexual assault—and consequences including the impact on prevailing concepts of masculinity. Applying feminist perspectives to the analysis of visual, textual, archival, and cultural materials, Szitanyi argues that despite military policy changes and (re)gendering processes, officials have attempted to counteract shifts, uphold the institution’s hetero-male privilege, and promote the masculine warrior version of masculinity.

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Stephanie Szitanyi

Assistant Dean, Part-Time Faculty Affairs, Schools of Public Engagement
Dr. Stephanie Szitanyi is the Assistant Dean of Part-time Faculty Affairs at The New School's Schools for Public Engagement, where she manages Labor Relations for over 500 part-time faculty under the collective bargaining agreement with ACT-UAW, Local 7902. Previously, Stephanie worked... Read More →
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Melissa T. Brown

Associate Professor of Political Science, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Melissa T. Brown is Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is the author of  Enlisting Masculinity: the Construction of Gender in US Military Recruiting Advertising during the All-Volunteer Force... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Amphitheater - A407