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Susan Douglas - February 13, 2006

Susan Douglas

Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan

"From Bewitched to Buffy: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media"

8:00 PM Monday, February 13, 2006
University Theatre

Author of the highly acclaimed Mommy Myth:  The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Undermines Women and other prize-winning books, Professor Douglas will speak about the mixed messages that girls get from the mass media about women’s proper roles in society.  She will consider the consequences of these mixed messages on society as a whole.

"The Mass Media and Celebrity Culture"

3:10 PM Monday, February 13, 2006
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with Susan Douglas.  After receiving a Ph.D. in American Civilization at Brown University in 1979, she taught for 15 years at Hampshire College before taking a position at The University of Michigan.  She has been the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor there since 1998 and is now Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.  Her four books are:

  • The Mommy Myth:  The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, 2004);
  • Listening In:  Radio and the American Imagination (1999, winner of the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture);
  • Where the Girls Are:  Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (1994); and
  • Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (1987).

Professor Douglas has contributed articles to The NationIn These TimesThe Village VoiceMs., The Washington Post, andTV Guide.  Her column, “Back Talk,” appears monthly in In These
Times, and she was the media critic for The Progressive from 1992 to 1998.