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Masculinities Studies Across the Disciplines

March 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join CREGS for a moderated panel discussion exploring constructions of masculinity in the disciplines of communication studies, cinema studies, public health, and education.

Javon Johnson (panelist) is an Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. He is currently completing two manuscripts; “Killing Poetry: Performing Blackness, Poetry Slams and the Making of Spoken Word Communities” (Rutgers University Press), and “Chiraq: War Cries, Love and Other Stories from the Murder Capital” (Northwestern University Press). Additionally, Professor Johnson writes for The Huffington Post, The Root, and Our Weekly, and serves on the editorial board for Text & Performance Quarterly. Proessor Johnson is also a highly awarded spoken word poet. Merging race and gender theory with comedy and lyricism, Professor Johnson won poetry slam nationals in 2003 (team Los Angeles) and in 2004 (team Hollywood), and placed 3rd in 2005, making him one of a handful of poets to make finals three years in a row. Professor Johnson appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOnes Verses & Flow, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. Check out his piece “cuz he’s black” here:

Shari Dworkin (panelist) is Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the USCF School of Nursing. Her research centers on structural interventions for HIV prevention, treatment, and care. Her research also examines gender-transformative HIV prevention, treatment, and care programming with heterosexually-active men in South Africa. Her forthcoming book is titled Men at Risk: Masculinity, Heterosexuality, and HIV/AIDS Prevention (2015, NYU Press) She is an Associate Editor at the Archives of Sexual Behavior and Consulting Editor at the Journal of Sex Research.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu (panelist) is Visiting Professor in Cinema and Sociology (Sexuality) Studies at SFSU and Distinguished Scholar of Feminist Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. A former Full Professor at UCSB, she is an award-winning film scholar and filmmaker. Her books are The Feminist Porn Book (2013), Straitjacket Sexualities (2012) and The Hypersexuality of Race (2007). Distributed by Progressive Films and Third World Newsreel, her films include Birthright: Mothering Across Difference (2009) and The Fact of Asian Women (2004). She publishes widely in top journals such as Concentric, Journal of Asian American Studies, Frontiers, positions, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Signs, Sexualities, Theater Journal, Wide Angle and Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Currently, she edits for Oxford Bibliographies Online and Asian Diasporas and Visual Cultures Journal (Brill). She received her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University, her M.F.A. in Production and Directing at UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, and her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley. For more, go to

Jason Laker (moderator) is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership (and former Vice President) at San Jose State University. He previously served as AVP and Dean of Student Affairs, Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and on the Gender Studies Faculty at Queen’s University in Canada. He has done extensive work in the study of masculinity and recently was keynote speaker at the ACPA/NASPA Joint Conference on College Men. For more, go to



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Please also see Maeve White’s review of the symposium


March 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


J Paul Leonard Library
1600 Holloway Ave., Room 121, San Francisco State University
San Francisco, 94132 United States
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Celine Parreñas Shimizu speaks on race, sexuality and representation in global popular culture and screens and discusses her films. 

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