AAUW to broach topic of social impact of media on women and girls Oct. 1
Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 7:31 am

POTSDAM -- The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a day-long discussion on media literacy and constructions of femininity, “Do you like what you see? How to engage the social impact of media on women and girls,” at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at Clarkson University. They will lead a frank and open conversation on the negative and positive effects the media can have on girls and young women. All aspects of media will be explored, including YouTube, Facebook and images seen on television.

Break-out sessions will be held in the afternoon on topics exploring why these images can have a hold on young girls. The day will include presentations from Deborah Borie, Too Sexy, Too Soon; and Value U Coordinators Jennifer L. Ball and Jessica Willis, Ph.Ds, covering media exposure for girls and women from birth to college age. Cathy Pircsuk, General Manager of WWNY-TV/WNYF-TV in Watertown, will answer questions about corporate media. Pircsuk will also moderate an afternoon plenary.

Participants will leave the daylong conference able to deconstruct media messages and have honest and open conversations about the negative or positive behaviors associated with how girls and women are portrayed through television and social media. Certificates of completion will be available to participants.

Cost is $20, which includes lunch and materials. To sign up online, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/7YSTYD8. More information can be found at www.northcountryaauw.org, or call 268-4208.