November 23, 2014
An engaged audience of two hundred, primarily parents and educators, attended a What Works panel discussion on November 17 at the Gorelick Family Theater at Charlotte Country Day in Charlotte, NC. The audience response was both positive and appreciative.
The What Works initiative began with the publication last spring of a collection of essays on raising boys, engaging guys, and educating men. As a college for men, Hampden-Sydney has an important role to play in facilitating and participating in this important national discussion.
The Charlotte program and another on March 31, 2015, at Boys' Latin School on Baltimore are offshoots of a successful conference held on campus in July.
The Charlotte panel featured Gar Kellom and Kelly Johnson and was moderated by President Christopher Howard.
Dr. Kellom's Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and Why is a groundbreaking collection of essays by mentors of college men and high school boys on engaging students as citizens and participants in the common good.
Over 30 years, Dr. Kellom, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, held senior administrative positions at Saint Mary's University, Carroll College, and Saint John's University. At Saint John's, he founded The Center for Men's Leadership and Service, which was the first men's center on a liberal arts college campus. For over seven years, the Center hosted a annual conference on the college male. Dr. Kellom is Program Director of Student Support Services at Winona State University.
Kelly Johnson's A Better Man: True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man is filled with first-person narratives from some of America's most respected and engaging men from sports figures to civil right activists to political leaders. It shares the kind of stories boys want and need to hear: stories about right and wrong, courage and integrity, and service.
Johnson is an attorney and writer and holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law. She has written for both local and national parenting magazines, and some of her work appears in compilations, The Imperfect Mom- Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World and Love Wins. She and her husband, Fred, are the parents of five children.
The What Works initiative provides multiple forums for the presentation of practical guidance on raising and educating boys and young men. The 16 essays are varied in both their content and authorship. Both Dr. Kellom and Ms. Johnson are contributors. The Baltimore panel will feature two other contributors, Dr. Abigail Norfleet James and Dr. Rocco Capraro. Dr. James is a renowned teacher and expert on gender-based learning. She is the author of Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel & Learn in School. Dr. Capraro is associate dean and assistant professor of history at Hobart and William Smith College. He is founding director of Men's Lives, a series of workshops for Hobart students focusing on men's issues.