Presentations are facilitated by Dr. Josie Lehrer, and can take place online or in person. Their content and length can be tailored to meet your needs and interests, including for fraternities, military, athletic teams and other groups.
Dr. Lehrer is open to co-facilitating with colleagues from your organization, and can give presentations in English or Spanish (including Spanish-language MSP film content).
Fees are sliding scale. Please contact Dr. Lehrer to discuss details.
Keynotes & lectures
Lecture topics can be tailored to your organization’s interests -- such as the social construction of masculinity; how men can take action for violence prevention and gender justice; and how social notions of masculinity relate to diverse health and social justice issues for people of all genders.
Dr. Lehrer can also address her 15-year journey of founding and building the MSP, including insights for social entrepreneurs and gender justice activists.
To see an example of Dr. Lehrer's public speaking, please check out her 2019 TEDxIndiana talk on how men's personal stories can help dismantle patriarchy, which was selected for inclusion on the main TED.com website. (She promises to never use notes again!)
MSP film screening & discussion
Screening of full MSP documentary or selected videos of men's stories, followed by presentation and group discussion on masculinities in relation to issues including family and romantic relationships, men's mental and physical health, diverse forms of gender-based violence, sexual health, LGBTQIA+ topics, substance abuse, gender equality, men's caregiving, and intersections with other aspects of identity (e.g., race/ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, etc.).
“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
"Dr. Lehrer’s presentation of the Men’s Story Project program, via Zoom, at our University was incredibly well-received. The 50+ attendees appreciated the opportunity to hear the powerful stories provided by the presenters and to respond openly to them in small break-out discussions. The audience was highly motivated to discuss action plans once the presentations were complete." -Dr. Teresa Cooney, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Sociology, University of Colorado Denver
“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 tailored selections of men's filmed stories to spark group discussion on masculinities -- in relation to issues including family and romantic relationships, men's mental and physical health, gender-based violence, sexual health, LGBTQIA+ topics, substance abuse, gender equality, men's caregiving, and intersections with other aspects of identity (e.g., race/ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, etc.). 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, Associate 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 & social justice
These workshops use curated sets of MSP videos of men's stories to spark discussion on masculinities in relation to key health and social justice issues. The workshops include 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.”
We provide action resources, training, and coaching to help campuses and organizations create new original Men’s Story Project productions.
Local MSP teams receive:
- The MSP Training Guide, License, and Storyteller Contract
- Four 2-hour interactive training webinars on how to create powerful men's storytelling productions for social change
- 15 individual coaching hours for your team, for project planning, creation and evaluation
- Connection to the network of teams creating MSP productions across sites
- The two MSP documentaries + public screening licenses
- Your production will be publicized on the MSP website, YouTube channel and social media platforms
- Additional coaching hours can be provided, based on your group's interests.
Contact us if you have questions about the MSP's trainings and resources. Groups from around the world are warmly invited to collaborate with us! An informational webinar on the MSP can be viewed here.
The MSP's training webinars will discuss the nexus of masculinities, health and social justice; recruitment and selection of presenters; how to help presenters craft powerful personal stories; the MSP group process (e.g., story circles, community-building); working with men who have perpetrated violence; harm prevention, accountability and ethics in the MSP; program evaluation; and creation of media content. The webinars will be recorded and stored online for your group's 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 harm prevention; and other topics. It provides helpful 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 in 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. To see 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+ 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 MSP training webinars and coaching over the course of creating the production. The webinar recordings 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 six to eight 2.5-hr 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 / record the production 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 celebration and debrief 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 each individual. 🙂
Here are the key team roles:
- Producers. Two or more students or staff to lead event production (e.g., distributing the Call for Submissions, recruiting presenters, finding co-sponsoring groups, graphic design, publicity, communications)
- Playshop co-facilitators. Two campus staff members, faculty members or students with a background in facilitating group discussion on masculinities and gender justice, who’ll select the presenters and co-lead 6-8 weekly playshops with them. At these playshops, presenters will share and give each other feedback on their works in progress, learn together (e.g., watch and discuss short films, engage in participatory exercises and discussions), and build community.
- 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 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 is helpful for raising funds (each group contributes a bit), and also increases the visibility of your production.