It’s not every day that a local professor gets named to the research advisory board of a foundation created by, arguably, the biggest pop star in the world. Such is life for CJ Pascoe, assistant professor of sociology at Colorado College.

Congratulations to Ms. Pascoe for the great honor! Above you can watch her microLECTURE on the the roots of bullying, masculinity, “the spectre of the fag” and its relationship with the enforcement of masculine stereotypes in young men and boys that will shed light on her distinct qualifications. Below you can read the press release:

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has appointed C.J. Pascoe, CC assistant professor of sociology, to its newly created research advisory board.

The board is made up of seven scholars from a variety of disciplines who will advise the foundation based on “sound theory and research,” according to an announcement from the foundation. The non-profit charitable foundation is dedicated to helping young people develop skills, opportunities, and resources, as it addresses issues such as self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development.

“It’s rare that sociologists – we’re cultural critics – get to participate in positive social change and use research to do it,” Pascoe said. The only sociologist on the research board, Pascoe will take part in a study of the foundation’s “Born Brave Nation” program, which is made up of local, youth-led groups of supporters who want to build a better world at home, in schools, and in their communities.

The Born This Way Foundation, begun in 2011 by the pop star and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, is “dedicated to creating a safe community where individuality is celebrated by connecting youth with the skills, resources and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world,” according to the foundation. Its website is www.bornthiswayfoundation.org

Pascoe took part in a summit meeting for the foundation in Boston earlier this year, in which several hundred scholars brainstormed ways to bring about change. “We want this grounded in academic research,” Pascoe said. “What enables youth to be empowered, to make changes in the world?”

Pascoe studies gender, sexuality, inequality, youth, and new media. She is the author of “Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School” (University of California Press).

 

One Response to Watch microLecture by CC Prof Named to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation

  1. […] The stakes are high: participate or risk humiliation, intimidation, or becoming one of those targets. It is a bit of a house of cards, when you think about it: being worried about being judged not “man enough” by other boys and men who are also worried about being judged not “man enough” with the consequence of coming up short being bullied or violence. […]

News

February 12, 2016 | NPR · The U.S. and Cuba will sign a civil aviation agreement in Havana on Tuesday. The signing formalizes the arrangement reached in December, allowing for a limited number of U.S. flights to Cuba.
 

Getty Images
February 12, 2016 | NPR · #ThingsLincolnDidntSay brought the 16th president back to Twitter on his birthday to weigh in on the current presidential race. But in reality, he might actually feel at home.
 

Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management
February 12, 2016 | NPR · The new designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands that include Southern California’s highest peak, thousands of Native American rock carvings, endangered animals and a ghost town.
 

Arts & Life

February 12, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
 

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
February 12, 2016 | NPR · A War is a contender for the best foreign film Oscar. It’s about a soldier in Afghanistan placed in an impossible situation, and NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it brings the big questions home.
 

February 12, 2016 | NPR · Bordertown is about two families on both sides of the immigration debate. One is a white border patrol agent and his family and the other is a Mexican-American immigrant family.
 

Music

WXPN
February 12, 2016 | WXPN · The L.A. band lays down songs from its new album, Give It Back To You, live in the studio.
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 12, 2016 | NPR · The Colbert bandleader sings “What A Wonderful World” in a 2011 session with guest host Jon Weber.
 

Getty Images
February 12, 2016 | NPR · Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we’ve been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab