I had my gown and cap on and the moment when I reached out to take my certificate on the stage, I realized that what I had for these four years, I could never have it back again.

As his Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities prepares to co-host a major international conference, Stony Brook University’s Michael Kimmel, a prolific author, talks about why it’s important for men’s studies to be seen as “a legitimate enterprise in universities.”