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Lifting the Masks with Keith Edwards – Act 2

In Act 2 of my discussion with Keith Edwards, our discussion unfolds around the complexities of masculinity, the influence of socialization, and the journey towards authentic living. Keith shares anecdotes, including a story about a man questioning his love for football, illustrating the profound impact of socialization on identity. We move through the mazes of masculinity, both toxic and healthy, and we explore the idea of authentic masculinity, emphasizing the significance of curiosity, unlearning, and self-awareness in personal development. Before we wrap up, Keith muses about agency, choice, and conscious decision-making, ultimately highlighting the challenges of early socialization, the ongoing quest for authenticity, and how we, as men, can benefit from the practice of self-reflection.

Keith's Bio:

Keith helps leaders and organizations make transformational change for leadership, learning, and equity. His expertise includes curricular approaches to learning beyond the classroom, allyship and equity, leadership and coaching, authentic masculinity, and sexual violence prevention. He is an authentic educator, trusted leader, and unconventional scholar. 

Keith has consulted with more than 300 organizations, written more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has more than 1,000 hours as a certified leadership and executive coach.

He is the author of the book Unmasking: Toward Authentic Masculinity. He co-authored The Curricular Approach to Student Affairs and co-edited Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.

His TEDx Talk on preventing sexual violence has been viewed around the world. He is co-host of Student Affairs NOW, the premier podcast for student affairs.