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Friday Evening
April 16, 2010

Complimentary Buffet 6:30
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Program 7:30 PM

Macalester College
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Olin-Rice Science Center

Macalester College is at the intersection of Snelling Ave. and Grand Ave. in Saint Paul.


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Saturday April 17, 2010

Registration and materials pickup opens at 8:00 AM

Program 8:30 AM

St. Andrews Lutheran Church


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April 16, 2010 - Seminar
April 17, 18, 2010 - Weekend Events

Dr. Leonard Sax

Why Gender Matters.

The Institute is sponsoring a three day event with Dr. Leonard Sax, Ph.D., a physician, psychologist and researcher. Dr. Sax is author of numerous entries in scientific journals and three books: Why Gender Matters; Boys Adrift; and presently published Girls On The Edge.

The sessions will address different facets of what we are seeing as troubling development patterns among our youth. He will explore the "social, cultural, and biological determinants that are creating an environment which is literally toxic to boys, and discuss the five factors that are driving their deepening disengagement."

Dr. Sax has lectured broadly across the United States and Canada, and has appeared on CBC's The Current (broadcast nationwide in Canada, has been interviewed on the Today show, on PBS and scores of other media outlets

All three of these events are all for teachers, parents and those who care about our youth.

Friday, April 16, at Macalester College;
Boys Adrift and Girls on the Edge:
A look at some reasons why a growing proportion of boys are unmotivated,
and why more and more girls are anxious and obsessed.

Emily seems to be doing great: she’s working hard to get good grades in school, she’s active in various extra-curricular activities, and she has a wide circle of friends. Her brother Justin, on the other hand, is a goofball who’s more concerned about getting to the next level in his video game than he is about studying for his Spanish exam. But Emily isn’t happy. She’s waking up in the middle of the night, obsessing about the second piece of pizza she ate for supper. She thinks she’s fat, even though she’s not. And she’s frantic about the anonymous nasty comment that somebody posted on her Facebook wall. Now her parents have discovered that Emily is cutting herself with a razor blades, on her upper inner thigh where she didn’t think anybody would see. What’s going on?
Her brother Justin, on the other hand, is one happy dude.  He can eat two pizzas without a qualm.  He sleeps in late, no problem.  He seems perfectly content, sitting in his bedroom, playing his video games with two other guys who are just like him.  He’s not motivated to succeed in the real world outside his bedroom, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.
In this presentation, Dr. Sax will explore the growing gender divide in the United States:  girls who are anxious and obsessed, boys who are disengaged and unmotivated.  He will present some of the factors driving these phenomena, with an emphasis on what parents can do to make a difference.

Regular Friday Institute Meeting: at Macalester College 6:30 Buffet, 7:30 -9:30 program. Please make reservation.

Saturday, April 17, at Saint Andrews Lutheran Church
Why Gender Matters: 
What teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences.

In the United States today, many boys regard creative writing, poetry, art, and Spanish language as “girls’ subjects.” Likewise, girls continue to be under-represented in subjects such as computer science, physics, and engineering. In this workshop, Dr. Sax explains how a lack of understanding of gender differences has had the unintended consequence of reinforcing gender stereotypes. Conversely, teachers who understand these differences will be more successful in breaking down gender stereotypes and broadening educational horizons for both girls and boys: engaging more boys in creative writing and poetry, engaging more girls in computer science and physics. In this workshop, Dr. Sax addresses not only differences between girls and boys, but also variations among girls and among boys. This full-day workshop is intended for teachers in grades K – 12.

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, Great Hall 8:00 registration (advance registration on web preferred) $50 registration fee includes lunch and book. There will be small group discussions and materials available. Presentations throughout the day until 4:15, covering research on Boys Adrift and Girls On The Edge.

Sunday, April 18, at Saint Andrews Lutheran Church
The Maiden King:
Recent research on gender differences in spirituality:
What girls and boys REALLY need from their church or synagogue youth group!

Recent research on gender differences in religious involvement has demonstrated startling gender differences.  Many teenage girls appear to have spiritual needs which are qualitatively different from teenage boys. If congregational leaders don’t understand these differences, the result is boys who think religion is for girls, and girls who find their church or synagogue unwelcoming and irrelevant. In this presentation, Dr. Sax shares new research showing that the “youth groups” in many churches and synagogues are doing precisely the wrong things. Girls and boys don’t need their churches or synagogues to provide more opportunities to have fun; but they do need their churches and synagogues to meet their unique, gender-specific spiritual needs.

Dr. Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania and a board certified family practice physician, a Ph.D psychologist, the founder of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. His scholarly papers are profuse in scientific journals, and has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation, The Voice Of America, PBS, CNN and the Today show.

To register, please fill out this form and submit it to us.
The advance registration fee is $50.00
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You can register and pay the day of the event for $55.00



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For more information please send a message: leonard.sax.event@astonishme.org





Director's Notes:
R. Alan James

Director's note:
This weekend of programs is about what is happening with our boys and girls. From kindergarten to college, there is an epidemic of apathy and a lessened resilience and ambition among the males. Among the females, there is “a growing proportion of girls who are cutting themselves with razor blades.” Since the publication of Robert Bly's observations in The Sibling Society, there has been a growing awareness of a crisis of identity among youth. What is a man supposed to be? What is it to be an authentic woman?
Dr. Leonard Sax brings extensive knowledge as a physician. counselor and researcher in his publications and workshops. His books, Boys Adrift, Why Gender Matters, and the presently published Girls On The Edge, are eye openers on matters of how boys and girls learn, and reveal troubling trends which deserve attention of parents, teachers and all concerned with the well being of our society.