Internationally Recognized Lecturer Jean Kilbourne to Speak at Gould Academy

December 2, 2013
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Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.

Kilbourne will present her video “Deadly Persuasion,”  at Gould Academy on Monday, December 9 at 12:00 p.m. in Bingham Auditorium.

In “Deadly Persuasion”  Kilbourne presents a compelling argument that the American tobacco and alcohol industries have a clear and deep understanding of the psychology of addiction – an understanding they exploit through their marketing strategies to feed a life-threatening dependency on their products.

The video is distributed through the Media Education Foundation.

Here is a clip of the film.


Kilbourne’s films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses.

She is the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.

The prize-winning films based on her lectures include “Killing Us Softly,” “Spin the Bottle,” and “Slim Hopes.” She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

She has served as an advisor to the Surgeon General and has testified for the U.S. Congress. She holds an honorary position as Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

According to Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Susan Faludi, “Jean Kilbourne’s work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture —advertising. We owe her a great debt.”

A member of the Italian Parliament said, “Hearing Jean Kilbourne is a profound experience. Audiences leave her feeling that they have heard much more than another lecture, for she teaches them to see themselves and their world differently.”

She has received many awards, including the Lecturer of the Year award from the National Association for Campus Activities. A more unusual tribute was paid when an all-female rock group in Canada named itself Kilbourne in her honor.


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