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

NASA/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star’s “Goldilocks zone”– where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it’s also 500 light years away.
 

iStockphoto
April 17, 2014 | NPR · It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it’s not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
 

Science Source
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.
 

Arts & Life

April 17, 2014 | NPR · Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.
 

Warner Brothers Pictures
April 17, 2014 | NPR · The new science fiction film Transcendence doesn’t work very well as a story, but it’s got an interesting way of trying to keep itself grounded in nature while exploring technological terrors.
 

April 17, 2014 | NPR · “Selfie” may have been the 2013 word of the year. But “belfies,” or “butt selfies” are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artists
April 17, 2014 | NPR · We’re guessing some yoga and Pilates classes preceded a round of musical and physical one-upwomanship that’s gone viral.
 

Courtesy of the Kennedy Center
April 17, 2014 | WBGO · At the KC Jazz Club, Moran sets up two tunes with pre-produced sound montages, including a unique take on “Honeysuckle Rose.” Hear Moran’s long-running Bandwagon trio play Washington, D.C.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 17, 2014 | NPR · The band’s name tells you a lot about its sound. Eternal Summers make vibrant music. But as this video for “A Burial” unfolds, a darker side of this Roanoke, Va. band’s song emerges.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab