Gender across CultureInstructor: Chris O’Connor

Dates: Thursdays; Oct. 22 to Nov. 19

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Course Info: A look at gender relations and the status of women and men in the United States and around the world, in times past and present. We will consider issues such as: whether there are gender differences that may be “hard wired”; the economic systems and cultural arrangements that lead to gender inequity versus equity; efforts by the UN and other actors in the international community to improve women’s status (e.g., “Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women” programs); in what ways men are disadvantaged; and whether boys are losing out in the USA.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None required but suggested readings will be sent by email

Instructor Bio:
Chris OConnorChris O’Connor is a Professor Emerita of Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she taught Social Psychology, the Psychology Senior Seminar, Gender & Family in Third World Development, and Psychology of Gender. During a brief leave from the University she worked in Guatemala with USAID on a gender equity project. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Michigan State University.

Cost: $62.50 - members; $97.50 - nonmembers


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