March 1 lecture to examine trend of delayed adulthood

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: 2012, Campus News, Feb. 23

Making the leap from adolescent to adult has always been a gradual process, but for many young people — and for men in particular — that transition is taking longer than it did decades ago.

Author and sociologist Michael Kimmel, a leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity, will discuss this new stage of development during a free public lecture March 1.

The event, organized by UNL’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the UNL Women’s Center, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union auditorium.

In 1950, most Americans had completed the transition from adolescence to adulthood by about age 21. Today, Kimmel argues, it’s more likely to be by age 30.

Kimmel’s talk, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” is part of the Women’s and Gender Studies spring 2012 colloquium series focusing on issues of masculinities. For more information about the series, go to

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