2022 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Alexandra Lysova
2022, Equity + Justice, Health
Alexandra Lysova is the 2022 recipient of the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her years of dedicated research on male victims of domestic violence –– a field that can sometimes be fraught with polarizing and politicized debate.
“In my work, I started to look at the violence against women and children, but I heard men’s voices as well. I’ve seen this in the statistics, that there are men who experience abuse, and I was surprised to see how much this topic was avoided and was not discussed,” Lysova says. “I think if we stop talking about the issue, it does not go away. It stays with us. What’s the point of playing politics around this if it doesn’t help us prevent abuse?”
Lysova, an associate professor in SFU’s School of Criminology, says her work is focused on finding ways to prevent all forms of intimate partner violence, including violence against women, and the recognition that comes with the Sterling Prize helps steel her resolve.
The Sterling Prize was first awarded in 1993 and remains committed to recognizing work that provokes and contributes to the understanding of controversy, while presenting new ways of looking at the world and challenging complacency.
Lysova will receive the Sterling Prize and address these issues in conversation with Dr. Benjamin Roebuck (Professor of Victimology and Public Safety at Algonquin College), Douglas Todd (Columnist, Vancouver Sun) and Michael Healey (National Program Manager, Nexus Recovery Programs) on Wednesday, October 19. The award ceremony will be held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver and will be livestreamed for the public.
About the Sterling Prize
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (PT)
Doors open at 6pm for pre-event refreshments.
Online and In-person. Mask-wearing required.
SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Asia Pacific Hall
580 West Hastings Street
Dr. Alexandra Lysova
Alexandra Lysova, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She earned a Doctor of Sciences degree in sociology at the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2009, where she examined dating violence in Russia. In 2015, she obtained her PhD in Criminology from the University of Toronto (funded by the Trudeau and Connaught Foundations), where she examined women’s experiences with violence. Recently, Dr. Lysova has focused on men’s experiences of intimate partner violence, including victimization, help-seeking behaviour, and issues involving children. She draws on the results of the international focus groups among male victims in four English-speaking countries, Canadian General Social Survey on Victimization, and Homicide Survey. Dr. Lysova’s research has been supported by the prestigious foundations, including Trudeau, Fulbright, Carnegie, and Humboldt foundations, and U.S. Library of Congress and Max Planck Institute.
Dr. Benjamin Roebuck
Dr. Benjamin Roebuck is a Research Chair with the Victimology Research Centre and a Professor of Victimology and Public Safety at Algonquin College. Dr. Roebuck's research focuses on violence, resilience, and posttraumatic change, with some recent work on the experiences of male survivors of partner violence. Ben currently serves as a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and has served as an appointed advisor with the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) and the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO).
Douglas Todd, a highly decorated journalist and author based in Vancouver, specializes in migration, ethics, spirituality and psychology. His ongoing focus on diversity includes delving into issues involving both women and men.
Writing mostly for The Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News and Reader’s Digest, he has won a book prize and 32 national and international journalism awards, while being shortlisted for 38 additional honours. Vancouver Magazine referred to him as "arguably Vancouver's most thoughtful journalist."
Todd is the author or editor of three successful books, the most recent being Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia – Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest. He has been awarded with several educational scholarships, including the eight-month Jack Shadbolt Fellowship in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.
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