#MeToo: The Evolving Perspective of Men (Part 2 of 2)
When actress Alyssa Milano first called out to other victims of sexual harassment in October of 2017 to tweet their stories using #MeToo, it touched a nerve. Since then, a wave of women (as well as some men, have come forward with allegations of harassment and abuse. Have the highly publicized cases of Aziz Ansari, Garrison Keillor and Al Franken raised questions that undermine the #MeToo and Time's Up movement or have they opened the conversation we are now having to a more nuanced examination of the issues,not only sexual harassment but workplace discrimination. Is this fundamentally an issue of sex or one of power? City Club presents a panel discussion to explore these questions and more.
Toby A. Ten Eyck is an instructor in the Department of Sociology at Western Washington University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 1998, and was a faculty member at Michigan State University from 1999 to 2015. His research and teaching has covered topics as diverse as food safety, risk, and how we talk about art. He and his wife currently own an art gallery in downtown Bellingham.
Rajeev D. Majumdar is an attorney and represents Congressional District #2 as a Governor on the WSBAs Board of Governors. His practice is focused on serving as general counsel to business entities and their litigation needs in Whatcom County. He also serves as the prosecutor for the City of Blaine and as the special prosecutor for Bellinghams Mental Health Diversion Court. As an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, he teaches Rights, Liberties and Justice in America. He previously worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., helping to establish protocols of cooperation between the U.S. and other nations to ensure the containment of weapons of mass destruction technology. In 2015, he received the WSBA Local Hero Award for his work in improving public access to civil legal aid and advocating for the indigent. He currently serves on the boards of LAW Advocates, Northwest Youth Services, and Sun Community Services.
Ryan Roberts is a sustainability professional at Kulshan Services LLC in Bellingham WA. He received a Bachelors in Business and Sustainability and Minor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Western Washington University. Ryan works with people to visualize and manifest a more sustainable future for their organizations, their communities, and the planet. Prior to his position at Kulshan Services, Ryan worked for WWU as the Associated Students Club Business Director. At the university, Ryan was influenced by the diversity and inclusion training he received on campus and he actively engages in conversations with friends and family about privilege, and race and gender inequity. Ryan is an active member of Conscious Crew, a harm reduction non-profit, which creates safe spaces for people at festivals. Ryan believes that businesses have an opportunity to lean into leadership by building more just and sustainable workplaces.
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