A Better Man: Rethinking Masculinity
In this hilarious and poignant keynote, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black offers a radical plea for teaching young men to give and receive love.
He gets (mostly) serious about the trouble with masculinity. Through humor and empathy, he reveals his own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help boys be part of the solution, not the problem, in a world in which the word “masculinity” now goes hand in hand with “toxic.”
Michael delivers a heartfelt answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men? This is an essential talk for anyone looking for a path forward as we navigate the complex gender issues of our time.
Author of “A Better Man”
He starred in both the cult film and Netflix series of Wet Hot American Summer. Most recently, he starred in the Netflix film, Sextuplets, recurred on The Good Fight for CBS and Insatiable for Netflix and guest starred on ABC’s Bless This Mess. He wrote and directed the film, Wedding Daze, and he wrote the screenplay for the David Schwimmer-directed Run Fatboy Run.
Michael has written thirteen books and memoirs, including the bestseller, A Child’s First Book of Trump. He is a popular podcaster, writing and hosting How To Be Amazing, Obscure, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Topics with Michael Showalter. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and has released several stand-up albums and specials. He and his family live in the wilds of Connecticut.
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