ALL WOMEN LOVE YOGURT, RIGHT?
Gender Portrayals in Advertising
Wednesday, November 11, 7pm, Rose Hills Theatre
Current TV Comedian and commentator Sarah Haskins talks with Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick of the Media Studies department about gender representations in advertising. In her bimonthly web series, Sarah Haskins has an entertaining take on what advertising tells us about gender roles. There will be a screening of several of her clips, followed by an informal Q & A conversation between Professor Fitzpatrick and Sarah Haskins.
Thursday, October 29, 7pm, Doms Lounge, Smith Campus Center
Through the Laughing Glass will focus on comedy’s role in political and social interactions. Mass-mediators like Stephen Colbert and John Stewart often use comedy to discuss U.S. government practices. What effect do these political comedians have on public opinion, and what does it mean that so many citizens get their news from comedy shows? Shock Jocks like Howard Stern and Don Imus are known for “pushing the envelope,” but when does this go too far? Does laughter desensitize us to real problems or does it keep us from becoming cynical and burned out? Comedian Judy Carter and Professors John Seery and Phyllis Jackson will explore these issues and more in a panel in Doms Lounge, Thursday October 29 at 7 PM.
Wednesday, October 28, 12pm, Frank Blue Room
Spending beyond one’s means is not unique to American consumers. The Federal Government spends more than it takes in every year, financing the difference with bonds. Debt crises have the potential to damage future economic growth prospects, and many voices in the media have expressed concern about the fiscal irresponsibility of either the Bush or Obama administrations (or both). What will the current spending binge do to future economic growth? Taken in an historical context, should this episode be looked at with more trepidation? What effect will Obama’s economic policies have on the national debt? Realistically, what does the current spending indicate about our futures as Pomona graduates and/or as US citizens?
Join Emeritus Professor of Economics Frank Wykoff in the Frank Blue Room on Wednesday, October 28 from 12-1pm for a talk followed by a Q&A session. All fields of study are welcome!
Wednesday, October 14, 8pm, Wig Lounge
Last Friday, US President Barack Obama was announced as the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for 2009. Does a president of nine months currently managing two wars deserve this prize? Who were the other top contenders? What was the Nobel Committee’s rationale for its surprise decision? What are the political and international effects for Nobel Laureate Obama and the United States as a whole? Finally, should the President have even accepted the award? Come to Wig Lounge from 8-9 pm Wednesday night to discuss and share your thoughts on these and other questions about this surprising world event. The discussion is sponsored by the Pomona Student Union, and two PSU members will be guiding the conversation, but overall this is simply a time for students to come, share their thoughts, and get a sense of others’ opinions. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Thursday, October 22, 8:30pm, Doms Lounge
Why are copyrights important? Why is it that a creator’s copyright, and the laws that protect it, are disregarded so frequently? What does students’ disregard for such laws say about the ethical state of the student body? Why is plagiarism, a form of copyright infringement, taken far more seriously than the type that occurs with entertainment? Do students understand the impact of piracy? Come join Professors Green, Marks and Menefee-Libey for an entertaining discussion of these questions in the Smith Campus Center’s Dom’s Lounge at 8:30 PM.
Refreshments, including beer for those over 21, will be provided.
MEDIA BIAS: CAN WE TRUST THE NEWS?
Thursday, November 5th, 8pm, Bridges Hall of Music
An understanding of the press and its biases is vital to our existence as a democratic society. Media outlets heavily influence the issues that Americans care about and the positions that viewers and readers take. How does that role influence our understanding of the world around us? Are the constant claims bias in popular and respected news sources like the New York Times and Fox News fair? How does slant affect elections, policy decisions, and world events?
To explore these issues, the Pomona Student Union, with support from the Public Events Committee, is proud to announce that leading experts Ross Douthat and Eric Alterman will be participating in the fourth installment of our annual Great Debate. This even will take place on November 5th, 2009, at 8pm in Little Bridges Hall of Music on the campus of Pomona College.
Ross Douthat is a 2002 graduate of Harvard University, after which he joined The Atlantic staff as a reporter/researcher. Douthat quickly rose to the rank of senior editor, where he wrote on a variety of topics including higher education, national politics, and celebrities’ religious conversions.
In 2005, he published his first book, Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. His second book, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class And Save the American Dream, was published in 2008 with Reihan Salam and won praise from David Brooks, who called it the “best single roadmap of where the [Republican] party should and is likely to head.”
He is a film critic for National Review and has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, and Slate, amongst others. In April 2009, he became an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, replacing Bill Kristol and becoming the youngest regular op-ed writer in the paper’s history.
Eric Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is also “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation, a fellow of the Nation Institute, and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he writes and edits the “Think Again” column.
Alterman is the author of seven books, including most recently, Why We’re Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America’s Most Important Ideals (2008, 2009), and the national best-sellers What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (2004).
A former Adjunct Professor of Journalism at NYU and Columbia, Alterman received his B.A. in History and Government from Cornell, his M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and his Ph.D. in US History from Stanford.