Presentations are facilitated by Dr. Lehrer. Presentation content and length can be tailored to meet needs, including for fraternities, military, athletic teams and other groups.
Dr. Lehrer is open to co-facilitating with staff/faculty from your organization or campus. Presentations can be conducted in English or Spanish (including Spanish film content).
Fees are sliding scale. Please contact Dr. Lehrer to discuss details.
Keynotes & lectures
Topics can be tailored to your organization’s interests, such as men in the #MeToo era, how men can take action for violence prevention and gender justice, and how notions of masculinity relate to diverse health and justice issues for people of all genders.
MSP film screening & discussion
Screening of full MSP film or clips, followed by presentation and group discussion on masculinities in relation to issues including sexual assault and harassment, dating violence, homo/transphobia, substance abuse, gender equality, and intersections with other aspects of identity.
“The presentation was affirming… I feel more confident about standing up for my ideas now than I did before.”
-Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“I find the film and the MSP very compelling. I was vaguely aware of these issues before, but this presentation has allowed me to see the cut and dry reality, and to be more critical of my own actions as well as the actions of other men.”
-Chris Fernandez, President, Intrafraternity Council, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Love that your presentations and MSP is deeply rooted in research and empirical evidence as well as emotional response! Can’t wait to participate this year, but REALLY can’t wait for the years of MSP at UO in the years to come.”
-Keith Frazee, Assistant Director of Orientation Programs, University of Oregon
Interactive workshop on masculinities, health & social justice
This workshop uses MSP film clips to spark group discussion on masculinities in relation to issues including gender-based violence, homo/transphobia, substance abuse, and intersections with other aspects of identity. Didactic content and group activities.
“Dr. Lehrer is a very effective speaker and a skilled workshop facilitator. The day-long workshop I co-led with Dr. Lehrer using the Men’s Story Project film, here at JFK University, was very successful in stimulating a moving and educational discussion on the social construction of masculinity and pain and violence associated with it…”
–Gary Hoeber, Assoc. Professor of Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
“I appreciated the honesty among the men. The safe environment was very effective for the compassion and love shared and felt.”
–Workshop participant, JFK University
“I loved ALL OF IT! The film clips were AMAZING and fostered a really deep, rich dialogue. My heart is full and open!”
–Workshop participant, JFK University
Creative workshop on masculinities, health and justice
This workshop uses MSP film clips to spark discussion on masculinities in relation to key health and justice issues. It has didactic content, participatory activities, and a creative segment which includes: a) guided personal writing/creation, b) small group feedback on works in progress, and c) a culminating evening event for the sharing of personal stories, which can be made open to a broader audience.
“This was the first time I have really shared my experience of my own masculinity in a public way. I was able to explore the pain I have around my masculinity, discover my own healing process, and then share this process with my community. Being able to share in such a brutally honest and vulnerable way was an effective approach to presenting my experience with the community.”
“It was liberating to speak to a common experience that is an unspoken reality for most men.”
MSP Training Package
- Five 90-min weekly interactive training webinars with Dr. Lehrer on how to create campus/community MSP Productions, starting in October 2019.*
- MSP Training Guide, License, and Presenter Release Form
- The two MSP films & public screening licenses
- Weekly office hours with Dr. Lehrer and 10 individual coaching hours as the MSP production is created
- Your production will be highlighted on the MSP website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms
* The webinars discuss the nexus of masculinities, health and justice; MSP pedagogy and how to help presenters craft powerful stories; recruiting presenters; MSP group process; working with men who have used violence; legal/ethical issues; and program evaluation. The webinars will be recorded and stored online for access anytime.
NOTE: Presentations can be tailored for the needs of your group, and Dr. Lehrer is open to co-facilitating with staff from your organization.
“Producing the Men’s Story Project at Saint Louis University has been an amazing experience. For some of the story-tellers involved, it was literally a life-changing experience. While it was a lot of work to pull it off, hearing the story-tellers share with me after the production all the ways it gave them more confidence or more self-love or more empathy for the struggles of queer and trans men really made it worth it. And significantly, at no point was I trying to figure it all out on my own. Dr. Josie Lehrer was there at every step making sure that I felt supported and knew what I was doing. Her guidebook is sufficient to execute an excellent version of the Men’s Story Project, but her personal attention to the details made a huge difference. […] If you are thinking about producing a Men’s Story Project, I would say go for it. It will be hard work, but you will get to know you are on the leading edge of changing oppressive gender norms and supporting men in contributing to the elimination of sexism – what more could you want?”
–James Meinert, St. Louis University MSP Director and doctoral student in Gender Studies, May 2018
“Jocelyn helped me curate the Men's Story Project at the University of Minnesota this year. We worked together, me as the President of It's On Us UMN Chapter on campus and her as the founder of the Men's Story Project. I cannot say enough how impressed I am with her leadership and organizational skills. She gave me all the tools necessary to implement the program at my school and was a constant source of support and knowledge during the process. […] The Men's Story Project was a huge success on campus and received amazing feedback from students and community members that came to see the presentation. Audience members both witnessed the stories being shared and also participated in a group dialogue that followed, and many left feedback saying that they were excited about projects like this and wished that there were more opportunities such as these to discuss masculinity and how it affects them. I think that the Men's Story Project is a unique and amazing project that needs to be shared with more universities and communities across the world to approach gender norms and how they are at the core of many social problems that we address daily.”
–Maeve Sheridan, college Senior and President of It's On Us - University of Minnesota chapter, May 2018
The MSP Training Guide is a step-by-step, 65-page toolkit that discusses the MSP’s research background and educational approach; how to help presenters craft powerful stories; group facilitation; event production; creating MSP films and social media; how to work with men who have used violence; legal/ethical issues and safety; and other topics. It provides editable templates including a Call for Submissions, event introduction, press release, and feedback forms for audience members and presenters.
The Guide builds upon research and best practices from areas including gender-transformative public health programming; intersectional research on men and masculinities; personal storytelling; social and behavior change communication; entertainment-education; movement-building; and program design and evaluation.
The MSP License is a legal document that lets groups use the MSP name and logo, join the MSP network, connect with other MSP groups, and share their work on the MSP website and other social media. It includes guidelines on ethics, legality and safety, and a Presenter Release form - a legal document for MSP presenters that addresses media permission as well as liability issues that can arise when men publicly share personal stories on crime and other sensitive topics. For a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.