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Panel discussion on masculinity planned

A panel discussion scheduled for Tuesday will examine masculinity in the 21st Century. 

“Dude?” will be held Tuesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. in room 325 of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC). The panel will include Ravyn Lacey, a senior from Lexington with a double major in biology and philosophy; Ulysses Tackett, a junior English major from Catlettsburg; and Kyland Carreon, a junior philosophy major from Morehead. Each member of the panel will discuss their personal experiences with the male/female gender social construct, whether it's important to be masculine and why, how society's concept of masculinity has changed in our lifetimes and their hopes for the future of masculinity. 

The panel will be moderated by MSU Professor of Philosophy Dr. Scott Davison, who said the talk is relevant to the current social climate. 

“This is a relevant discussion now because of rapid change in social norms related to sex and gender, leading to changing roles and expectations in society,” he said. “Those present at the panel discussion can expect to learn about masculinity from a diverse set of perspectives.” 

In addition to the panel discussion, the winners of the 15th annual Judy Rogers Art/Media and Writing Contest will be announced, and the Gender Studies program’s end-of-the-year celebration will be held.  

Each year, the Rogers contest accepts submissions of poetry, prose, performance, video, digital artwork, photography, ceramics, sculpture and visual art. The goal is for the submissions to provide insight into gender issues, specifically women’s issues, within the context of American culture of the world at large. Cash prizes are awarded for the best performance/video art, poetry, prose and visual arts. 

Dr. Ann Andaloro, associate professor of mass communication, said several important gender-related issues were addressed by this year’s entries, including gender inequity, the #MeToo movement and masculinity.  

“It is great to be able to give students some recognition for their efforts to spread messages about gender issues and gender equity through the arts,” she said. 

The events are sponsored by the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Gender Studies program and the Philosophy and Religion Club.  

For more information on the panel discussion, contact Davison at or call 606-783-2237. For information on the Rogers Awards, contact Andaloro at or call 606-783-2714.