Opening Thursday, February 27th, from 7PM - 8:30PM
Ada Cheng, the producer and host of the popular Am I Man Enough? Show, will be hosting an event entitled Re-Envisioning Masculinity: An Interactive Workshop, Storytelling, and Dialogue on Toxic Masculinity at the bookstore.
This event will weave storytelling, workshop, and dialogue together. In addition to a facilitated conversation based on the questions listed below, she will have two guests, Delia Kropp and Carlos Benitez, share personal stories to highlight how the culture of toxic masculinity has affected their lives, followed with a critical dialogue among all three of them based on the stories shared. If time permits, she will invite audience members to share stories as well.
Through a facilitated conversation, we will examine the following issues:
I. What is toxic masculinity?
II. Why is it important to examine it under the current sociopolitical climate?
III. Where does it all start and how does it manifest itself?
IV. How does it affect all of us?
V. How can individual and collective changes take place?
This conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, performing artist, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016 when she resigned to pursue storytelling and performance full time. During her time at DePaul, she taught subjects on gender, sex, sexuality, masculinity, race/ethnicity, and immigrations. She is the producer and the host of the show Am I Man Enough?, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity. She is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist with Campus Advocacy Network at Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC.