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Saint Teresa Leadership Institute

In the Looking Glass:
A Symposium on How the Media Portrays Us

2013 Women’s Symposium

Sponsored by Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women


5:15 Welcome to the 2013 Women’s Symposium
5:30 "Miss Representation" Screening 

"Miss Representation" is a documentary film that explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited — and often disparaging — portrayals of women.

6:30 "Miss Representation" Dinner Discussion
7:00 Break-Out Sessions
  Who Wants to be a Porn Star? Sex and Violence in Today’s Pornography IndustryRosa Edholm
  Developed by Gail Dines, Rebecca Whisnant, and Robert Jensen.
Edited and Presented by Rosa Edholm
The video slideshow "Who Wants to be a Porn Star? Sex and Violence in Today’s Pornography Industry" offers an incredibly disturbing glimpse into the correlation between objectification, pornography, and rape culture.
WARNING: This presentation contains explicit, graphic, and disturbing content that reveals the true harsh reality and woman-hating nature of the pornography industry. Although it is intended for educational purposes only it is NOT for children and you MUST be over 18 to view it.
  Unrealistic Expectations and Body Image Distortion – Kelsey Brekke, Bridget Ryan, and Lexi Assimos, Body Image Collaborative Lab, Saint Mary’s University
  Brekke, Ryan and Assimos will facilitate discussion around media influence on development of unrealistic body image ideals and subsequent body image distortion.  Current research (in print and from our lab) will be considered, as will repercussions of body image distortion in eating and health behaviors
  Gender as Portrayed in News and Entertainment MediaDr. Steven Schild
  There's no question that there's gender bias in at least some media portrayals. That bias, though, isn't always as one-dimensional as you might think. Dr. Schild will examine and discuss items from news accounts as examples of gender bias that cut two ways.
  The Image of Pageantry – Serica Rowley, Miss Winona/SMU student
  What images comes to mind when you think of the Miss America or the Manhunt beauty pageants? Were you even aware of the Manhunt pageant? Join Miss Winona for this session to explore the myths and truths of beauty pageants.
7:45 Keynote & Closure – Dr. Trisha Karr, assistant professor of psychology at SMU, will tie the evening’s themes together. Dr. Karr has done extensive research on the body image of athletes.

Event Details

April 16, 2013

5:15-8:15 p.m.

World Room, Hendrickson Center, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona

$12.00 (includes dinner)
Fee waived for SMU students, faculty and staff

Registration Deadline
April 10, 2013

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