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Krost Symposium Oct. 2019: Stop Gender-Based Violence

12:00am – 12:00am
  • Jackson Auditorium at Weston Center
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In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. That’s more than 10 million abuse victims every year. As the university’s premier academic event, the annual Krost Symposium highlights an important, timely topic as it relates to not only the campus, but to national—and even global—discussions. The 2019 Krost Symposium, “Stop Gender-Based Violence,” will take place on campus October 23-24, featuring presentations about awareness and prevention.

The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.


Pre-Symposium Film Screening at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Join the Mexican American Student Association and Campus Ministry for the screening and discussion of an award-winning documentary that follows the persecutions of four Latina lesbians who were wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas.


Giesber Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jackson Katz at 7 p.m.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and social theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.

He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the sexual assault and relationship abuse fields; Katz is a key architect of this now broadly popular strategy.

Since 1997 he has run MVP Strategies, which provides sexual harassment and gender violence prevention/leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors in U.S. and around the world.

He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How all Men Can Help," and "Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity."

He has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on topics as far-ranging as the social justice and feminist roots of the bystander approach to sexual assault prevention, the powerful role of athletics in gender violence prevention, the gender and sexual politics of Eminem’s songs, the gender politics of conservative talk radio, violent white masculinity in advertising, juvenile detention, pornography, and sports metaphors in presidential politics.

He is creator, lead writer and narrator of the award-winning Tough Guise videos. He lectures and trains widely in the U.S. and around the world on the imperative of men’s leadership in the promotion of gender equity and the prevention of gender violence, and the many intersections in this work among gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and religion.


8:15-9:20 a.m. Community Panel featuring Natalie Busath, Community Education Coordinator, SAFE Austin; Connor Breen, SAFE Community Education Specialist, SAFE Austin; and Hannah Fisher-Klug, and the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter.

9:30-10:20 a.m. Britiny Chozinski: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Chozinski is an assistant professor, teaching jointly in sociology and criminology, and the director of the graduate program in sociology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from The New School for Social Research in New York City and is currently completing a graduate degree in public health through UT. As an applied interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Chozinski's work focuses on gender and violence. She has spent the past several years working with victims' services organizations, law enforcement, health professionals, mental health practitioners, and emergency managers both in and outside of Texas on issues of violence prevention and intervention, particularly as it pertains to LGBTQ populations.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Locatora Radio Podcast: Las Mamis of Myth and Bullshit with Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme
Locatora Radio, created by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme, is an independent multimedia production company committed to archiving and celebrating the brilliance of womxn of color through podcasting, film-making, educational workshops, and live events. Diosa, a queer, high femme Peruana-Mexicana, is a writer, community organizer, and mental health advocate. Mala is a Xicana, writer, rape crisis counselor, self-defense instructor, and sex educator. Locatora Radio has been featured in Forbes, LA Magazine, Latina, and Oprah Magazine!

All events occur in Jackson Auditorium.


The October 2019 Krost committee is Chair Dr. Jennifer Mata, Professor Dr. Chris Bollinger, Professor Dr. Pam Johnston, Assistant Professor Tim Kent, Instructor Cecilia Trinidad, Professor Dr. Carl Hughes, and Interim Advocacy Coordinator Leslie Flores. All dates and times are subject to change.

Additional funding also provided by the Office on Violence Against Women