Lancaster – Internationally recognized media educator Dr. Jean Kilbourne will be the keynote speaker at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington's Celebrate Women event in March. The theme for this year's event is "Stand Up, Stand Out."
Kilbourne is known for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. She was featured on the PBS program "Makers: Women Who Make America." Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world.
"We are so excited to have Jean Kilbourne as the keynote speaker for Celebrate Women," said Dr. Pam Kaylor, coordinator for the event. "Our students, faculty and staff will gain great knowledge by hearing her speak in person."
Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the author of the award-winning book Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. Kilbourne has served as an advisor to the Surgeon General and has testified for the U.S. Congress. She has received many awards, including the Lecturer of the Year award from the National Association for Campus Activities.
"Jean Kilbourne is a cultural icon who has changed the lives of girls and women through her eye-opening and profound research," said Kaylor. "This is a rare opportunity. I have been a fan for such a long time. She's a rock star to me – her work changed the way I look at the world."
Celebrate Women will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 in the Lancaster Campus's Brasee Hall. The annual conference is planned in conjunction with Women's History Month. The focus of the event is to bridge women's relationships from the areas of community, university and business.
"In additional to Kilbourne, we already have several other speakers and topics lined up for Celebrate Women," said Kaylor. "Topics include 'Women Standing Out in their Careers,' 'Balancing Your Life' and 'Women in Science and Technology."
Registration and program information will be posted on www.ohio.edu/lancaster/celebratewomen.cfm.