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FREE, TODAY: Fri.-Sat, Making History symposium at St. John’s U. on Race, Gender & Media in the 2008 Elections (two WIMN bloggers will be presenting)

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September 26th, 2008

Had hoped to post this reminder earlier this week had no wifi access for the past four days except for cell phone. But — for those of you in the NY area TODAY, Sept. 26 and TOMORROW, Sept. 27 , St. John’s University in Queens, NY is hosting a fascinating, interdisciplinary conference called Making History: Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Election(click on the previous link or this PDF for registration information).

The symposium will be simulcast, I just learned last night — you can watch live video of the presentations here, and you can submit questions to any of the panels in advance, here. I’d love for WIMN’s Voices readers to submit questions for me for the Friday, 4:30 - 6pm panel. Which brings me to…

Smack dab in the middle of WIMN’s fall “When Anchormen Attack!” lecture tour about gender and race in media coverage of the 2008 elections (just came back from speaking at Worcester State in MA and Colby Sawyer in NH this week), I’ll be presenting on a panel today, Friday, from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, moderated by Akila N. Folami (Hofstra U. School of Law), with copanelists Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk U. School of Law), Anthony Paul Farley (Albany School of Law) and Laura Gomez (U. of Mexico School of Law). Collectively we will address the intersectionality of race, gender, media and the political process. My panel presentation, for which I only have fifteen minutes, will focus primarily on gender in coverage of Clinton and to some degree Palin, and will be titled, “White Male Electile Dysfunction: Misogyny, Bigotry and the Media in Election 2008.” (I do hope to have at least a few minutes to discuss the shifting racist narratives in Obama coverage as well… hope springs eternal, right?… but if I don’t get to do that, please do submit questions for me about racist coverage of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Or, of course, about any topic you’re interested in.)

Another WIMN’s Voices blogger, media researcher and professor Carolyn Byerly of Howard University, will be delivering a presentation titled, “Women and the 2008 Elections News Agenda: What They Cared About, What They Got” on a panel on Fri., 2:15 - 3:45.

If you’re in the tri-state area and can make it to this St. John’s Making History conference, I encourage you to do so. — not just to see me and Carolyn (though we’d love to say hi), but because some of the sharpest legal minds in the country — led by professors Len Baynes and Janai Nelson at the Ronald H. Brown Center at St. John’s School of Law — will be speaking alongside scholars from a variety of fields, as well as non-academic journalists and media activists, investigating the varied and critical ways race, gender and media have intersected in this historic time in America.

And, as always, if you’re interested in issues related to gender, race, media and the elections, see this prior post for a complete list of WIMN’s fall lecture tour dates — chances are good that I might be coming to a city near you in the not-too-distant future. And see this post for a lengthy description of the topics addressed in the full “When Anchormen Attack!” multimedia presentation.

If you’re based on a college or high school campus and want to bring WIMN’s lecture on gender and race issues in media coverage of this historic presidential cycle to your community, please contact WIMN via this form or by emailing an inquiry to info[at]wimnonline[dot]org. There are still several dates available for the fall; winter and spring are still wide open if you’d like to plan ahead. Also, feel free to contact WIMN if you’re interested in other lectures or media trainings in our media literacy/media education program, including topics such as:

“Bachelor Babes, Bridezillas & Husband-Hunting Harems: Decoding Reality TV’s Twisted Fairy Tales”;

“Condoleezza Rice is a Size Six, and Other Useless Things I Learned from the News: Challenging Media Misrepresentations of Women”;

“Race, Class, Gender & Katrina: The Human Impact of Disastrous Reporting”;

“Women, Media & War: How Does the Silencing of Women’s Voices in War Coverage Shortchange America?”…

among others.

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