Life of the Mind: Stories of Lives Upended

Jason Cheng

In 1992, Aleksandar Hemon traveled to Chicago on a journalistic exchange — and, when his native Bosnia was engulfed by war, found himself stranded. He wrote his first short story in English in 1995. Since then, the literary accolades have flowed, including a 2003 Guggenheim Foundation grant, a 2004 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, two PEN awards, and two National Magazine Awards. His first novel, The Lazarus Project (2008), was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Last fall, Hemon joined the Program in Creative Writing as a professor. His latest work is two conjoined memoirs: My Parents: An Introduction and This Does Not Belong to You (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The family memoir came first. But as he revisited his childhood, Hemon says, “a lot of strange, interesting and baffling memories popped up,” and he assembled those “fragments and reflections” into This Does Not Belong to You.

Do people care if men don’t care about caring? The asymmetry in support for changing gender roles

kendra

Not all instances of gender inequality are equally concerning. An emphasis on women’s underrepresentation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math roles (STEM) has not been matched by a similar concern about men’s underrepresentation in Healthcare, Early Education, and Domestic roles (HEED). The current research investigates whether and why people perceive gender imbalances in male-dominated careers (STEM and lea-dership) as more problematic than gender imbalances in female-dominated, caregiving careers (HEED).

Boot Camp for New Dads

kendra

Boot Camp for New Dads® (aka Daddy Boot Camp®) is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads.

What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With

kendra

Division of labor in the home is one of the most important equity issues of our time. Yet at this rate it will be another 75 years before men do half the work.

How Masculinity Contests Undermine Organizations, and What to Do About It

Ruby Lynn

Harvard Business Review November 2, 2018 By Jennifer L. Berdahl, Pete Glick, and Marianne Cooper From Uber to Nike to CBS, recent exposés have revealed seemingly dysfunctional workplaces rife with misconduct, bullying, and sexual harassment. For example, Susan Fowler’s 2017 blog about Uber detailed not only her recollections of being repeatedly harassed, but what she described as a “game-of-thrones” environment, …

What Happens When Men Don’t Conform to Masculine Clothing Norms at Work?

Ruby Lynn

Harvard Business Review August 31, 2017 By Ben Barry Every morning, men make a seemingly mundane yet crucial decision: what to wear to work. Most pull out some variation of the charcoal, navy, or black suit from their closet. Some might add their own twist: a polka-dot pocket square or colorful socks. This probably isn’t surprising. In Britain and North …

The Problem With Mostly Male (and Mostly Female) Workplaces

Ruby Lynn

The Atlantic March 20, 2013 By Philip Cohen NPR has a new brutal but important story about rape in the military. “Dozens” of women told NPR “about a culture where men act entitled to sex with female troops.” One woman, repeatedly assaulted by her superior officer, recalled: “I finally asked his secretary that when he called me and closed the …

Millennial Men Aren’t the Dads They Thought They’d Be

Ruby Lynn

The New York Times July 30, 2015 By Claire Cain Miller Young men today have aspirations of being hands-on fathers as well as breadwinners — supportive husbands who also do dishes. But as they enter that more responsibility-filled stage of life, something changes: Their roles often become much more traditional. Millennial men — ages 18 to early 30s — have …

Rebecca Traister on the power of women’s (and men’s) anger

Hei-ock Kim

CBS NEWS September 30, 2018 By Rebecca Traister Last Thursday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing was seen by millions and millions of Americans, including Rebecca Traister, author of “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger”: If you watched the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, you might have noticed that the two …

As More New Dads Get Paternity Leave, Companies Push Them to Take It

Hei-ock Kim

As more companies offer new fathers more paid time off, a new challenge has emerged—persuading working dads to actually take advantage of it.
At some companies, new fathers get advice from older colleagues to take their full paid leave; ‘If you don’t take it, it’s borderline idiotic,’ one manager said