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UIS to host address by noted expert on women and the media

February 14, 2008

Contact: Barbara Ferrara, 217/206-7094, bferr1@uis.edu

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Dr. Jean Kilbourne

SPRINGFIELD – "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and the Corruption of Relationships" will be the topic of an address by noted author, scholar, and lecturer Dr. Jean Kilbourne beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The auditorium is located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

After Kilbourne's remarks, the floor will be open for questions from the audience. Both the address and a reception and book signing immediately following are free and open to the public. Those unable to attend in person can see a live webcast by going to www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html at the time of the event.

Described by The Boston Globe as "a superstar lecturer," Dr. Kilbourne has been named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses today. She is perhaps best known for her book Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel (Simon & Schuster, 2000) and for the documentaries Killing Us Softly, Slim Hopes, and Calling the Shots. Kilbourne is also recognized internationally for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising, as well as for her expertise on addictions, gender issues, and the media.

She has written for or been interviewed by such major publications as The New York Times, International Journal of Advertising, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor and she has been a guest on many television and radio programs, including Newshour with Jim Lehrer, All Things Considered, Today, 20/20, and Oprah. Her public service includes advising two U.S. Surgeons General and an appointment to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

She is profiled in the book Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975, which presents the biographies of more than 2,000 women and men whose actions helped create the modern women's movement.

Kilbourne's many awards include those from the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Entertainment Industries Council, the National Organization for Women, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  Can't Buy My Love (originally published in 1999 as Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive Power of Advertising) won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2000.

The event is presented by UIS' Center for State Policy and Leadership and Women's Center in observance of Women's Heritage Month. 

Additional sponsors of the event are UIS' Student Government Association, ECCE Speaker Series, College of Public Affairs and Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Academic Affairs Speakers' Award Committee, and Diversity Task Force Women's Issues Caucus; and the Association of Women in Communication, Springfield area chapter.

For more information, contact Lynn Otterson, UIS Women's Center, at 217/206-7173.

 

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