Noted researcher on images in advertising comes to Beach/Schmidt on March 10

Freedom from rigid sex roles, addiction, denial, manipulation and censorship is the emphasis of "The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women," a slide and lecture presentation by Dr. Jean Kilbourne, acclaimed author and lecturer, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Both are free and open to the public. Kilbourne's appearance at FHSU is sponsored by the university's office of Diversity Affairs.

Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses today. Her book "Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel" won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2000.

She is also known for her award-winning documentaries "Killing Us Softly," "Slim Hopes," and "Calling the Shots." Her new book, "So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids," co-authored with Diane E. Levin, will be published in August by Ballantine.

Kilbourne examines images in advertising with the incisive wit and irony that have delighted and enlightened her audiences for years. With expert knowledge, insight, humor and commitment, she brings her audiences to see that, although ads may seem harmless and silly, they add up to a powerful form of cultural conditioning. She is known for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides, that encourages dialogue, and that moves and empowers people to take action in their own and in society's interest.

She explores the relationship of media images to actual problems in the society, such as violence, the sexual abuse of children, rape and sexual harassment, pornography and censorship, teenage pregnancy, addiction, and eating disorders. She also educates her audiences about the primary purpose of the mass media, which is to deliver audiences to advertisers.

For more information, visit For more information on the March 10 lecture, call Hollie Bailey, (785) 656-2599.

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