Lecture “Negotiating Cross-Sex Friendships Caring, Commitment and Pleasure between Female and Male Friends”, by William K. Rawlins, Ph. D.

We would like to request the pleasure of your company at our next lecture

on “Negotiating Cross-Sex Friendships Caring, Commitment and Pleasure between Female and Male Friends”


by William K. Rawlins, Ph. D.


at The Athens Centre, on Thursday April 19, at 7pm



Cross-sex friendship involves the prospects of one half of the human race living in friendship with the other half, namely biological females with biological males. In the spirit of cultivating personal agency and expanded options for being friends with others, this lecture discusses how cross-sex friendships are potentially sites of struggle due to cultural enactments of femininity and masculinity, politics of sexualities, and the relative importance placed on friendship versus romance. The positions we perform concerning these matters continually shape and reflect our own identities and narratives of the well-lived life.

William K. Rawlins (Ph.D. Temple University, 1981) is the Stocker Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio University. His latest book, The Compass of Friendship: Narratives, Identities, and Dialogues (Sage, 2009), received the 2009 David R. Maines Narrative Research Award from the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research. His book, Friendship Matters: Communication, Dialectics, and the Life Course, was designated a 1993 Choice Outstanding Academic Book, and received the Gerald R. Miller Book Award in 1994 from the Interpersonal and Small Group Interaction Division of the National Communication Association. In 2002 he received The Theory That Has Left a Legacy Award: “The Dialectical Perspective” from the Communication Theory Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association. He has published extensively about the unique challenges and dialectical tensions of friendships. Since 1980, he has examined trends and practices of friendships and continues to study how communicating as friends facilitates the well-lived life for persons and societies. Bill teaches courses in interpersonal and relational communication, communication theory, dialogue and experience, interpretive and ethnographic inquiry, communication and narrative, Gregory Bateson and communication theory, and communication in friendships across the life course. During 2010-2011, he received both the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. While at Purdue University, he received the W. Charles Redding Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Department of Communication five times, the School of Liberal Arts Departmental Educational Excellence Award for 2000-2001, and the School of Liberal Arts Educational Excellence Award for 2002-2003.


Wine and conversation follows the event. 

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