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Friendship and Intimacy in the Digital Age

In the third presentation in the “From the Pub” series, Michael Kimmel ’72 and Rachel Simmons ’96 discuss friendship and intimacy among the Millennial Generation and explore the role technology and social media play in enhancing and disrupting intimacy. Watch the provocative conversation.


Michael Kimmel ’72 is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and executive director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University. He received AAVC’s Spirit of Vassar Award for distinguished alumnae/i in 2012. Kimmel has written numerous books, including Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008) and The Gendered Society (now in its fifth edition). His latest book, published at the end of 2013, is Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era.

Rachel Simmons ’96 is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (2011) and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence (2010). Co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator who works with schools and organizations around the world. Simmons currently develops leadership programs for undergraduate women at the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 12, 2014