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"UNCWednesday" Series Continues with Author Melissa Stein's March 22 Presentation on Race and the Science of Masculinity

Friday, March 17, 2017

“UNCWednesday” will continue March 22 with scholar and author Melissa Stein speaking on topics covered in her book, Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934. The free event, presented by the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences and the Women’s Studies and Resource Center, is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Wrightsville Beach Room of the Fisher Student Center.

 “The ‘UNCWednesday’ series is an opportunity not only to highlight significant research from Arts and Sciences faculty but also to share groundbreaking research conducted at other universities,” said CAS Dean Aswani Volety. “We are pleased to partner with the WSRC to bring Melissa Stein to campus to present her analysis of gender and racial science to students, faculty, staff and the community.”

Stein is an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky. Measuring Manhood is a gendered analysis of scientific racism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book explores the historical roots behind arguments that human differences have a biological basis – for example, the notion of racial superiority or inferiority, a “gay gene,” or “the female brain” ­– arguments that have been disproven by contemporary scientists but have nonetheless seen a recent resurgence.

“UNCWednesday” enables CAS faculty to share their research in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences with the community. With its dual focus on research and community engagement, the series supports priorities outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan.

The inaugural “UNCWednesday” event was held in January. Stein’s lecture is the third in the series, and planning is underway for the 2017-18 series.

The last program in the spring 2017 series will feature UNCW professor of biology and marine biology Joe Pawlik, who will share his research on “Chemical Ecology of Sponges on Caribbean Coral Reefs.” The presentation will be at 6 p.m. April 19 in the Wrightsville Beach Room.

Free visitor parking for “UNCWednesday” events is available in Lot M off Riegel Road.

-- Tricia Vance

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