NCC Talks Presents Jean Kilbourne on Nov. 6

NCC Talks will present Jean Kilbourne, Ph.D. discussing “The Naked Truth: Advertising’s Image of Women” from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 in the East Campus Levinson Theater at Norwalk Community College. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

NCC Talks is an annual series of lectures and discussions by distinguished leaders from the arts and sciences, entertainment and popular culture. Previous featured speakers have included writers and cast members from “Saturday Night Live.”

Dr. Kilbourne is an activist, speaker and writer who has done pioneering research on the effects of advertising on our culture, particularly on women and children.

Kilbourne is internationally recognized as an expert on addictions, gender issues, and the media. She is renowned for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.

In the late 1960s, she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders and addiction and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs.

Her films, lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses.

She is the creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning books, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.

For more information, contact Professor Susan Seidell, event organizer, at sseidell@norwalk.edu or (203)857-7102.