Power, Sex and Media Lecture at JCC Sept. 21

The Jefferson Community College Student Activities Center lecture series will kick off on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in the Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater with “Power, Sex and the Media,” a presentation by media activist and former professional model Ann J. Simonton. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

Simonton is the founder and director of MediaWatch, a nonprofit media literacy organization that “challenges racism, sexism, and violence in the media through education and action.” After a lucrative fashion modeling career that included appearances on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and many other magazines, Simonton founded MediaWatch in 1984. She has devoted the last 20+ years to lecturing at colleges and universities to educate people on how to become more critical consumers of media. On more than one occasion, Simonton’s public protests of corporate advertising tactics have landed her in jail. She has been a guest on numerous television shows such as Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN’s Crossfire and Larry King Live and stories of MediaWatch’s successes and failures have been documented in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LIFE, and other publications.

In 1989 the American Humanist Society named Simonton Feminist Heroine of the Year. In 1995, she received the National Educational Video and Film Festival Silver Apple Award for her video entitled “Don’t Be a TV: Television Victim.” Simonton holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

For more information, call the JCC Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431.

Fall 2010 Lecture Series

Joey Kramer, drummer and a founding member of the rock band Aerosmith, will share his personal story about overcoming substance abuse.
Thursday, October 7
7:00 p.m. 
Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater
Free admission

Debate on Lowering the Legal Drinking Age 
Thursday, November 4
7:00 p.m. 
Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater
Free admission