College Men: Making the Grade?

February 13, 2012

Making the Grade?Hampden-Sydney College will host a two-day symposium, "College Men: Making the Grade?" on Wednesday & Thursday, February 22 & 23.  In four different symposium sessions, participants will examine questions related to what is perceived as a "crisis" in education for men in the 21st Century.  

In the first session of the symposium, 4:30 PM on Wednesday, February 22, Dr. Liz Rand, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Rhetoric Program, will speak on "Thinking Rhetorically about the Boy Crisis Movement"; Dr. Elizabeth Deis, Elliott Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities, will discuss students' responses to the "male crisis" notion and concerns about male students and literacy in a talk entitled "College Men and Literacy"; and current students,  Taylor Pierce '12 and Devin Baker '14 will discuss "Student Perspectives on 'The Crisis'".

The second session, beginning at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, features presidents of three single-sex colleges discussing, "Why Single-Sex?" with Dr. Christopher B. Howard, Hampden-Sydney College; Dr. Patrick E. White, Wabash College; and Dr. Jo Ellen Parker, Sweet Briar College. This session will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, President of Ferrum College.

On Thursday, February 23 at 4:30 PM, the third session of the symposium, "H-SC: Lessons Learned?" will feature H-SC alumni who have returned to teach at the College. Dr. James Pontuso (GVFA) will moderate a round-table discussion featuring Mr. C. Frank Archer, Jr. '73; Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon '01; Dr. Justin P. Isaacs '95; and Dr. Warner R. Winborne '88 in which the participants will reflect on their years as students at H-SC and discuss how their experiences helped (or hindered) their effectiveness as professors currently teaching at the all-male College.

The final session of the symposium, "Meeting Them Where They Are: Student-Centered Approaches to Educating Males in College," begins at 7:30 PM on Thursday.  Dr. Bryant Marks, keynote speaker and visiting scholar in social psychology from Morehouse College, will discuss his current research project, related particularly to retention of Black males in college; his class, with its focus on male identity and vocation; and the work of the Morehouse Male Initiative, "whose mission is to identify factors that foster the affirmative personal and academic development in Black males."

All sessions, free and open to the public, will be in Crawley Forum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College.

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