I’m pleased to announce a revised Midwinter Meeting schedule that adds a 1.5 hour “Conversation Hour” on Friday evening, moves the Board of Directors meeting (open to all D51 members) to Friday afternoon, and adds an hour to our retreat (open to all), which is now scheduled for Saturday afternoon/early evening. Our Friday events will take place in the School of Social Work on the main campus of the University of Michigan, where the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) conference is being held. The options selected for our Saturday meeting space (following the AMSA/SPSMM panel at the conference) are being negotiated and will be announced when finalized. Transportation will be provided to anyone who needs it if we happen to meet a mile or two off campus on Saturday. Please excuse any alignment issues in transferring the schedule to this email. Below the schedule is hotel information.

During the conversation hour, there will be time for members to interact in an informal setting and discuss with the Board of Directors members and appointed officers attending the Strategic Planning sessions ideas about the status and direction of our Division. As we prepare for the Strategic Planning sessions in Ann Arbor and Denver (at Convention), please look for an email within the next few days asking you to complete a very brief survey. We will review all of the data collected prior to the Midwinter Meeting, but as a final five-year Strategic Plan document will not be developed until after Convention, there will be other opportunities to provide input, such as the April 1st Conversation Hour.


David Whitcomb, SPSMM President (2016)

Thurs March 31

4:00-7:00 Free preconvention workshops : (a) How Boys Become Men (b)  Early Mentoring at the Intersection of Science and Gender (c) Teaching Men’s Studies. Pre-registration required.

7:30-9:00  Dinner at a Mediterrano restaurant, 2900 S. State Street.

Friday April 1

9:30-1:30 Strategic planning meeting, part 1, Room B-800, School of Social Work, 1080 South University (run by outside facilitators, board & appointed leaders only; includes a working lunch)

2:00-4:30 Board meeting, Room B-800, School of Social Work, 1080 South University (open to all Div. 51 members)

5:00-6:30 Conversation Hour location TBD (and-a-half; open to all Div. 51 members)

7:00-9:30 AMSA buffet dinner and keynote speakerDr. Scott Kiesling on “Taking a Masculine Stance.”  Michigan League Ballroom,  911 North University Avenue. (registration required via AMSA)

Saturday April 2

8:15 – 9:45 AMSA/D51 Panel: Where Does Men’s Studies Go From Here? Conversation with AMSA and SPSMM. Room B-780, School of Social Work, 1080 South University Avenue.

10:00-2:00  Strategic planning meeting, part 2, Superior Room, Residence Inn, 120 W. Huron St.  (run by outside facilitators, board & appointed leaders only; includes a working lunch)

2:30-6:30 Mixed gender retreat Superior Room, Residence Inn, 120 W. Huron St. (run by Ryan McKelley and Holly Sweet)

7:00-9:00 Sexual and Gender Minority SIG informal meeting, Autbar restaurant, 315 Braun Court.

Sunday April 3

AMSA Conference Continues



More information about the conference can be found on the American Men’s Studies Website.

The Holiday Inn and Suites University of Michigan Area as the primary conference hotel. Discounted rooms were initially available but may now be sold out.

Other options include The Courtyard by Marriott Ann Arbor: $119.00/ night. Phone:  (734) 995-5900 and the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel: Rates Starting at $139.00, phone: (734) 996-0600.