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MSU hosts #MeToo discussion with Dr. Lisa Huebner

Dr. Lisa Huebner visited Morehead State University to discuss the social movement #MeToo and women’s and gender studies theory Thursday, Nov. 8, in Breckinridge Hall.  

Dr. Lisa Huebner and Dr. Bernadette BartonDuring the talk Huebner, sociologist of gender and professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, discussed pressing and relevant issues such as the #MeToo movement, social inequality, and society’s need to make social change that is survivor-based, intersectional, and visible.  

“These are not new issues, but because they’re not talked about in public life, in our families, in elementary schools, in middle schools, I think college is a place for us to have those conversations.” said Huebner. “We need to not sweep things under the rug and we need to break those silences. And I want students to be empowered and break their own silences” 

Huebner has studied, taught and published for 20 years in the areas of intersectionality theory and sociology of gender as it relates to the experiences of sexual harassment and other forms of intimate violence.  

Dr. Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology and gender studies, said she hopes students have a better understanding of gender studies and take an interest in gender study classes.  

“I hope they have a better understanding of social inequality and the structural and intersectional nature of social inequality and I hope they’re more loving and connected with each other.” 

The lecture was sponsored by the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Nursing, the Interdisciplinary Gender Studies program, the Hinkle Endowment for the Humanities, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Justice Center and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

For more information on the gender studies program contact Dr. Ann Andaloro, director of Gender Studies at a.andaloro@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-2714 or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/study/gender-studies-minor.
 
Pictured above: Dr. Lisa Huebner, left, and Dr. Bernadette Barton
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