Dr. Gayles is an experienced presenter who is comfortable with a variety of audiences and settings. He has presented at colleges, universities and community institutions across the nation. Additionally, he has presented internationally as an invited guest of the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. He is a dynamic and energetic presenter. In addition to screenings and discussions of the award-winning documentary, White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books, and his recent film, The E-Word: A Documentary on the Ebonics Debate, Dr. Gayles offers presentations engaging the representation of Black masculinity in popular culture including comic books, television and film.
A recent example is “Fascination and Fear: American Popular Culture and the Black Masculine Fetish,” presented at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.
More broadly, he maintains active interests in the social construction of Black masculinity and African-American academic performance. Presentations consistent with these interests include:
Unwanted Inscriptions and False Power: Gus to Trayvon
An exploration of the persistence of the “Black Buck” trope and the manner in which it intersects and influences the degree to which Black men can express their full humanity. Ultimately, the historical power written upon the Black masculine body is limited to the physical domain and justifies societal efforts to mitigate the implications of this power. I also examine the complicity of Black men in this dynamic and the consequences of this complicity for Black women and others in the Black community.
Sonhood and Beyond: The Promise and Challenge of Progressive Black Fatherhood
How does one become a progressive Black father in the face of entrenched notions of manhood, fatherhood and masculinity that undermine the capacity of Black men to create and sustain emotional intimacy with those closest to them?
Race, Place and Academic Performance
What role do ideas about academic performance play in actual student performance? What contexts should we consider when we examine the “achievement gap?” To what degree do these contexts discourage the development of student narratives that support enduring academic effort?
Beyond the Ivory Tower
How can we disrupt traditions, practices and policies that privilege some and not others? How can the experiences of diverse students, staff and faculty assist our efforts to create an experience in higher education that is not defined by the troubling metaphor of the “ivory tower.”
Dr. Gayles welcomes the opportunity to create presentations that concurrently reflect your interests and his expertise. Please contact Wolfman Productions to arrange a presentation.