Shaping the Future Conference 2013

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Ben Atherton-Zeman

Dawson Community College hosts the Annual Shaping the Future Conference for educators April 12 and 13 in Toepke Center on the DCC campus. Keynote speakers Ben Atherton-Zeman and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson will present. Shaping the Future Conference flyer/registration

The morning session on April 12 runs from 8:30am-12pm with presenter Ben Atherton-Zeman. Zeman is a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism ( and is a public speaker on issues of violence prevention.  He currently resides outside of Boston, in Maynard, Mass.

His presentation, “Voices of Men” has been performed in 44 states, Canada, China, England, Turkey, South Africa and the Czech Republic. Ben has spoken at military bases, colleges, high schools, public theatres, conferences, houses of worship and juvenile detention facilities.   

For the past seventeen years, Ben has worked as a prevention educator for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and state coalitions. He is an advisory board member for the White Ribbon Campaign in the United Kingdom. Ben identifies as a “recovering sexist” and believes every man must challenge violence and sexism in the world and in themselves. 

The afternoon session on April 12 will be held from 1:15-4pm with a second skit by Ben entitled “The Jen & Steve Skit”.

Learning Objectives: This multi-media play uses humor and celebrity male voice impressions to educate audiences about: sexual assault/consent; dating violence/domestic violence; stalking; and objectification. The humor brings these topics to audiences in a way that minimizes audience defensiveness, especially male defensiveness. The process each male character goes through has led many audience members, including boys and men, to become involved in both self-reflection and in violence prevention efforts. 

The second session on April 13 runs from 8:30am-4pm with Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson. Paulson is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working with young children and their families in public school, Head Start, private, and university settings. She also has provided professional development and consultation across the United States and internationally in areas of early literacy and language development and social communication aspects of learning. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at The University of Montana sharing responsibilities for teaching, supervising, research, and service.

Her presentation, “More than Words: Developing Social Communication Skills in Young Children” depicts social communication skills as vital to school and life success. There is compelling evidence that all children can benefit from direct instruction in specific social communication skills. This presentation describes the developmental sequences of social communication skills along with effective instructional methods that teach children expected behaviors and give them “words” they can use to interact in socially appropriate ways.  Strategies that provide opportunities to model, reinforce, and re-teach these important skills will be described and practiced. Techniques will be provided that involve families, which makes the impact of learning these skills very powerful.

The 2 day event begins at 8am both days for those who have preregistered. The fee for this event is $25. College credit and renewal options are available for teachers. They include: 1 College Credit For Both Days, .5 College Credit For 1 Day, 6 hrs. Renewal Units For Friday, 6 hrs. Renewal Units For Saturday, or EC Training Hours (available both days). Lunch is on your own.

For more information call Brenda Stockert, 377-9463 or 1-800-821-8320.
To register Print and fill out registration form below. Send with your check to DCC for this special event.

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