Presentations are facilitated by Dr. Lehrer, and are being provided online during the pandemic. Their content and duration can be tailored to meet your needs, including for fraternities, military, athletic teams and other groups.
Dr. Lehrer is open to co-facilitating with colleagues from your organization, and can provide presentations 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 workshops on masculinities, health & social justice
These workshops use 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 workshops on masculinities, health & justice
These workshops use MSP film clips to spark discussion on masculinities in relation to key health and justice issues. They have 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 online training cohorts start every few months to help teams create new Men’s Story Project productions. The next cohort will begin on October 8, 2020! The online application form is here; the application deadline is October 1.
MSP Training Cohort members receive:
- Men’s Story Project Training Guide, License, and Storyteller Contract
- Five 90-minute interactive training webinars on how to create powerful true storytelling & dialogue productions for gender justice
- 15 individual coaching hours for your team, for project creation and evaluation
- Connection to the community of teams creating MSP productions across locations
- The two MSP documentaries and public screening licenses
- Your production will be highlighted on the MSP website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms
Contact us if you have any questions about participating - groups from around the world are warmly welcome!
The webinars will discuss the nexus of masculinities, health and justice; how to help presenters craft powerful personal stories; recruiting presenters and co-sponsoring organizations; MSP group process (e.g., story circles, community-building); working with men who have perpetrated violence; legal/ethical issues and safety; program evaluation; and next steps in gender justice organizing. The webinars will be recorded and stored online for access anytime.
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 contact us.
To give you a sense of what goes into creating an MSP production, here are the main things your team would be doing over the course of 4-6 months. (This info is focused on college campuses; community groups would follow a similar path except for the campus organizing elements.)
- Form an MSP team of 2 or more production leads and 2 playshop facilitators (4 total)
- Identify 2 or more campus co-sponsoring groups (e.g., Sexual Assault Prevention/Response Office, Gender Resource Center, LGBT Center, Intrafraternity Council, athletic teams, ROTC, etc.)
- Have the MSP license signed by a campus representative (e.g., Dean, staff or faculty member)
- Participate in the five MSP training webinars and optional office hours over the course of creating the production. The webinars will be accessible online after they take place.
- Invite submissions and select the MSP presenters
- Hold weekly playshops with presenters, to help them hone their pieces and build a learning community. (The number of playshops can vary depending on how many presenters you have. We suggest 6-8 two-hour playshops for 5-12 presenters.)
- Present your MSP production at least once for a live audience, along with an audience-presenter dialogue and resource fair
- Film the production (for those presenters who agree to be filmed), to create social media videos and other campus educational tools. Filming is optional; we encourage it to increase the reach of your work.
- Collect feedback forms from audience members and presenters; host a debrief/celebration gathering with presenters
- Share event feedback and media with the MSP central office
This isn’t a small amount of work, but it’s very doable! The more team members you have, the lighter the load for any individual. 🙂
Here are the key team roles:
- Producers. Three or more students or staff to lead event production (e.g., distributing the Call for Submissions, finding co-sponsoring groups, selecting presenters, creating the event flyer, publicity, etc.)
- Playshop co-facilitator. A campus staff member, faculty member or student (grad or undergrad) with a background in intersectional gender justice and masculinities, who’ll help select the presenters and co-lead 6-8 weekly playshops with them (or one or more intensive retreats, as an alternative). At these playshops, presenters will share and deepen their works in progress, give each other feedback, and learn together (e.g., watch short films or TED talks) as they discuss the issues raised in their pieces. The playshops will involve candid personal dialogue on these topics, and it’s important for the sessions to be facilitated by someone with experience in this kind of group facilitation or dialogue.
- Playshop co-facilitator. A student, staff member or faculty member with a background in the expressive arts (e.g., creative writing) who can co-facilitate the playshops.
- If one person wants to be both a producer and facilitator, that can work! Just know you’ll be busy. 🙂
- Consider reaching out to centers such as the Sexual Assault Prevention/Response Office or the Gender Resource Center to see if there’s a counselor/educator there who might like to join the team and serve as a co-facilitator for the playshops.
- Folks of all genders are welcome as production team members – the more diverse, the better!
- Team members can consider doing this work for course credit (e.g., independent study, thesis, peer-reviewed paper).
The cost for creating a campus/nonprofit MSP production is $5800K sliding scale, for the MSP resources, training, coaching, and network participation. All interested groups should apply, regardless of finances!
Your team may choose to budget additional funds for filming and editing, venue rental, sign language interpretation, event programs, group t-shirts, etc. This cost will vary per production, but will likely be around $2-4K.
Having several co-sponsoring groups for the MSP is very helpful for raising funds (each group contributes a bit), and also helps increase the visibility of your production. On campuses, we suggest presenting this project to your Dean for Student Life and potential co-sponsoring groups, to see if they can each contribute some funds in addition to sponsoring the MSP in other ways (disseminating the Call for Submissions, publicity, etc.)