An Arlington Reads Signature Author Event.

Join us online for a conversation between journalist and author Emma Brown, Anita Friedman from Arlington County's Department of Human Services, and Library DIrector Diane Kresh about Brown's book "To Raise a Boy," an investigation into how we teach boys to be men—and how we can do better.

Members of Peace Project and Bridges to Independence will be on hand in the chat to answer any audience questions that may arise from the conversation.

About the book:

In the course of her reporting in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Emma Brown interviewed hundreds of people—educators, parents, coaches, researchers, men, and boys—to understand the challenges boys face and how to address them. What Brown uncovered was shocking: 23 percent of boys believe men should use violence to get respect; 22 percent of an incoming college freshman class said they had already committed sexual violence; 58 percent of young adults said they’ve never had a conversation with their parents about respect and care in sexual relationships. Men are four times more likely than women to die by suicide. Nearly 4 million men experience sexual violence each year.

From the reporter who brought Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s story to light, "To Raise a Boy" combines assiduous reporting, cutting-edge scientific research, and boys’ powerful testimonials to expose the crisis in young men’s emotional and physical health. Emma Brown connects the dots between educators, researchers, policy makers, and mental health professionals in this tour de force that upends everything we thought we knew about boys.

About the Author:

Emma Brown is a reporter on The Washington Post’s investigative team. She previously worked as a wilderness ranger and as a middle school math teacher before discovering journalism during an internship at High Country News, a magazine that covers the American West. She worked as an intern at the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Boston Globe before joining The Washington Post in 2009. 

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Project PEACE and Bridges to Independence will join the online discussion and provide information on local Arlington resources.

About Our Community Partners

Project PEACE (Partnering to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone) is a countywide collaboration dedicated to preventing and improving our response to domestic and sexual violence in Arlington, VA.

Bridges to Independence, founded in 1985, is a nonprofit whose vision is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. Bridges carries out this vision through three core programs: operating Arlington County's largest emergency family shelter, providing a housing program, and providing a community empowerment program in the Green Valley neighborhood of Arlington County, VA. All families in these programs are offered supportive services to include workforce development, financial empowerment, youth development, referral services, and case management.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Events for Adults Good for Adults Age 55+
Author Talk
Arlington Public Library
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