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Le Moyne College Hosts Panel on College Hook-up Culture

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a panel discussion on “Sex in College: Exploring the Hook-up Culture” on Monday, April 2, from 3 – 5 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium.

What shapes our expectations for intimate partners? How does “hooking-up” impact our relationships and our sense of self as women or men? Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer, a scholar of masculinity at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Dr. Rebecca Plante, a sociologist of sex at Ithaca College, will address these questions by analyzing more widely the role of sex in American college culture.

Dr. Ludger Viefhues-Bailey, distinguished professor of philosophy, gender and culture at Le Moyne College, will moderate the panel.

A leading scholar of masculinity studies, Dr. Björn Krondorfer is professor of religious studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland and former chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies. His field of expertise is religion, culture and gender. His publications include “Male Confessions” (2010), “Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism” (2009), “Remembrance and Reconciliation” (1995), “Men's Bodies, Men's Gods” (1996) and “Body and Bible” (1992). He also co-authored and co-edited three volumes in German on the cultural and theological legacy of the Holocaust. He has co-chaired the Men’s Studies in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. He is also active internationally as facilitator and consultant of intercultural/religious groups.

Dr. Rebecca F. Plante is an associate professor of sociology at Ithaca College. She's been teaching about and studying sexuality and gender issues for over 20 years. Her books include “Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience” (with Lis M. Maurer, Westview, 2010); “Sexualities in Context: A Social Perspective” (Westview, 2006); and “Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society” (with Michael S. Kimmel, Oxford, 2004), among others. Currently she serves as the book review editor of the Journal of Sex Research and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Sexualities. With extensive training and certification as a sexuality educator and HIV/AIDS program evaluator, she has also educated in diverse communities and held a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of behavioral science, University of Kentucky.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the gender and women’s studies program, the Wellness Center for Health and Counseling and the Division of Student Development.

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posted on: 3/14/2012