Date(s) - 04/11/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alumni Memorial Building Room 32
Hey Bro: How the Internet & Reflections of Masculinity Impacts Campus Violence
In this presentation, fraternity house gang rape survivor and victims’ advocate Liz Seccuro examines Internet culture and its impact on young males in America navigating campus life and the new technology shaping us — from apps and dating sites like Tinder to the Internet forums where rape fantasies and the objectification of women flourish unchecked. Delving into a wide range of pop culture phenomena — from Daniel Tosh and YikYak to Amy Schumer, Dane Cook and Tucker Max, Seccuro cuts to the heart of why so-called “bro culture” has resulted in so much campus violence, particularly at the hands of young men who have built large followings on the Internet with their often sexist and misogynistic worldviews. This is a presentation that is enjoyed equally by men, women, and campus administration.
As a sought after Keynote Speaker on the extremely visible issues of Gender & Domestic Violence today, Liz Seccuro brings a fresh perspective to this uncomfortable subject matter. Audiences will understand that getting past the anger and hysteria surrounding this issue is the only way to ignite a future of change. With the perspective of a survivor herself – this engaging presentation is one of not only understanding how and why incidents continue to occur, but also how to navigate a system that struggles to recognize its existence and massive impact. Delivered with hope, thoughtfulness and education, Seccuro enlightens audiences to positive change and inspires them to be a part of it.
After being gang raped in a fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus in 1984, she has spent her adult life searching for meaning in the tragic event — ultimately finding solace in health, wellness, community and the act of helping others navigate their own struggles with violence and sexual assault.
A bestselling author, frequent media commentator, journalist, and keynote speaker appealing to a broad audience, she talks about what we have achieved in terms of victims’ rights, and how we can do better — through stronger legislation, campus accountability, and developing empathy and compassion in our families, institutions and culture at large.
This event is funded by the Student Programs and Services Fee. Events are free for students who chose Option 1. Students that selected Option 2 and the general public should expect to pay an entry fee. Student ID is required for all events. For more information or to arrange disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Student Engagement at (865) 974-5455.