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Sarah Buel

has spent the past 27 years working with battered women, abused children and juveniles within the legal system. Currently, Buel is a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, having started, and subsequently co-directed its Domestic Violence Clinic. She also teaches "Domestic Violence and the Law," and torts courses. She is co-founder of the University of Texas Voices Against Violence program that has developed a system of comprehensive, coordinated services for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. She co-founded the University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault that focuses on research, pedagogy, and direct services. She also is an adjunct professor at Harvard Medical School. Buel has served as special counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, providing training, technical, and case assistance to prosecutors throughout Texas. As a domestic violence survivor, Buel has been committed to improving the court and community response to abuse victims. She was a welfare mother before working days full time and going to school at night for seven years to obtain her undergraduate degree. She later graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women's Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project. Buel has written extensively on family violence issues. She is most proud of her son, Jacey, who counsels violent youths in Boston schools.


bell hooks,

acclaimed as one of the nation's leading public intellectuals by Atlantic Monthly, is the author of 20 books, most recently, Salvation: Black People and Love. Countless readers of her book All About Love shared that it gave them a clarity of heart and mind that had been lacking when they tried to understand the meaning of love in daily life and in our culture as a whole. Recognized by Utne Reader as one of the hundred visionaries who could change your life, in plain eloquent prose hooks takes sophisticated ideas and breaks them down so that they are accessible to us all. Born in Kentucky, she sees her bold speech as typical of the way most folks talked when she was growing up. Born into a family of six girls and one boy, to parents who have been together forever, she has been thinking about love since girlhood. Indeed, dialogues with black children in public schools where talks about love led to their telling her "love does not exist" inspired her to write about black people and love. Educated at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz where she wrote her dissertation on Toni Morrison, hooks was a professor of English at Yale University, Oberlin College and most recently distinguished professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Currently she spends her time writing and lecturing around the nation and abroad.


Jackson Katz

has been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. In 1993, he founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The multiracial, mixed-gender MVP Program is the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the fight against rape and all forms of men's violence against women. Today MVP is the most widely utilized gender violence prevention program in college athletics. In 1996, Katz founded MVP Strategies, which specializes in providing gender violence prevention education and training for men and boys in schools, colleges, the U.S. military, and small and large corporations. Since 1996, Katz has been directing the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps--the first such program in the U.S. military. From 2000-2003 he served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense's Task Force on Domestic Violence. Since the Columbine tragedy in 1999, Katz and MVP have been working with several schools in the Jefferson County, Colo., school district, including Columbine. Katz is the author of numerous articles in academic journals and popular newspapers that are widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses. Topics include violent white masculinity in advertising, working with studentathletes in gender violence prevention, men's use of pornography, Eminem, working with adolescent males in juvenile detention, men's leadership in gender violence prevention education K-12, and masculinities in media. Katz holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently a doctoral student at UCLA.


Terrence Real,

best-selling author of I Don't Want to Talk about it: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression (Scribner 1997), is a senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and director of the Gender Relations Program at the Meadows Institute in Arizona. His new book for couples, How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women (Scribner), was published January 2002. He has been a practicing family therapist and teacher of couples and family therapy for more than 20 years and has lectured and given workshops throughout the country. Real has been called "the most innovative voice in thinking about and treating men and their relationships in the world today." His work on men's issues and on couple's therapy has been featured in both the popular national media as well as in numerous academic publications. His recent work with men is being shown on public television throughout the United States in a documentary called All Men Are Sons by John Badalament. He also has been a featured speaker on the Life Makeover Project with Cheryl Richardson airing on the Oxygen Cable Network. A New York Times book review has described his work as: "A critical contribution to feminist psychology (that) brings the Men's movement a significant step forward." Stirling holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

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