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POLSON — Domestic Violence Education and Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Jackson Katz, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy, will be speaking in Lake County and the Flathead Reservation on Tuesday, Nov. 13.  

Thanks to a grant from Verizon, DOVES is bringing Dr. Katz for an invitation-only men’s leadership breakfast in the morning, followed by a public multi-media presentation, “More Than a Few Good Men: Strategies for Inspiring Men and Boys to be Allies in Gender Violence Prevention,” at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theater on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo at 11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be served in the theater lobby at 11 a.m.

An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. It has been implemented by a quarter of the teams in the NFL, a number of Major League Baseball clubs, NASCAR, and many other sports organizations.   

Since 1997, Katz has directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps. MVP trainings have been held with U.S. Army personnel in Iraq. The U.S. Navy is currently piloting MVP in four sites around the world and Katz has served as a subject matter expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force.  Katz’s award-winning educational video “Tough Guise,” his featured appearances in the films “Wrestling With Manhood,” and his lectures in the U.S. and around the world have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement.   Since 1990, he has lectured at more than 1,200 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 47 states, five Canadian provinces, Europe, Australia and other countries. 

As a follow-up to Dr. Katz’ visit, DOVES will bring the Mentors in Violence Program to Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation.  

DOVES is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence in Lake County and on the Flathead Reservation. For more information, please contact Jenifer Blumberg, executive director, at 883-3350, or dovesed@doveslakecounty.org.

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