On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) will host a webinar on “Popular Culture and the Nightmare on Feminism Street: Creating Consciousness Raising Programs on College Campuses.”
In the context of the profound presence of popular culture (e.g. television, film, pornography, music, sports, etc.) in the lives of college students, this webinar will explore how gender violence advocates, prevention coordinators, and educators can illuminate the workings of power, privilege, and oppression in the media to raise social consciousness. The presenters will deconstruct numerous popular culture images to illustrate how survivors’ experiences are often dismissed since they remain entrapped in media images that objectify their bodies, dismiss their intelligence, and deny their worth and humanity. Attendees can anticipate multiple examples to inspire progressive programming on college campuses that addresses how popular culture fuels violence against women.

Rachel Griffin, Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Human Communication Studies, M.A. in Communication and B.S. in Communication and Sociology from Central Michigan University). As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale her research interests span critical race theory, performance, Black masculinity, Black Feminist Thought, and gendered violence. All of her current research projects speak strongly to notions of power, privilege, and voice, which she has presented at national conferences, keynote addresses, social justice events, and diversity training sessions.

Shira Tarrant has a PhD in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.  Shira is an expert in gender politics, feminism, pop culture, and masculinity.  She is the author of Men and Feminism (Seal Press), When Sex Became Gender (Routeldge) and editor of the provocative anthologyMen Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge).  Her co-edited anthology, Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style, is forthcoming (SUNY Press).  A frequent speaker at college campuses and public venues across the country, Shira is quoted widely in print and radio. She is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University.

To register, please check the Project Directors listserv for instructions.
NOTE: Campus webinar registration is open only to recipients of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus.  Materials from the Campus webinar series are made available to the public on the CALCASA website.