Feminist Media and Journalism Scholar Pamela Nettleton Delivers the PCA Fall 2013 Lecture

Dr. Pamela Nettleton 3-day long visit of St. Lawrence campus will start on October 21, 2013. Her lecture, "Brave Sperm, Demure Eggs: How the Media Make Gender (Non)sense," explores the limited modern social scripts of gender that appear in media. In doing so, she examines how media construct gender in everything from domestic violence coverage to scientific videos on reproduction. Dr. Nettleton will deliver her lecture in Sykes Common Lounge on Tuesday - October 22 @ 8 p.m. In addition, our guest will be visiting PCA, English, and Gender Studies courses and will meet students who work with The Hill News and The Weave to discuss her research and professional life as a journalist and writer.

Dr. Nettleton is an all-around Renaissance woman: a writer, editor, playwright, scriptwriter, and librettist. She is an assistant professor at Diderich College of Communication - Marquette University. Among her publications are 23 books —including a biography of Shakespeare and three series of children’s books—which have been reviewed and mentioned in many publications and websites, including The New York Times, USA Today, and the nationally syndicated column Ask Amy. Her newest young adult novel will be published this year by The Sager Group. More than 300 of her award-winning essays and features have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and websites, including Redbook, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Family Fun, Reader’s Digest magazines, Fine Gardening, Better Homes & Gardens, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, and Minnesota Monthly. Her plays and scripts have received repeated productions and her video scripts have won more than 11 national awards.

Our guest was a magazine writer and editor for 25 years before returning to the University of Minnesota to earn her undergraduate degree in journalism, her master's degree in Mass Communication, and her doctorate degree in Communication Studies. Her dissertation on post-9/11 television masculinity won the 2010 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. Her research interests center on masculinity in the media, including media reports related to 9/11, and her recent project is a series of content and discourse analyses of domestic violence coverage in men’s and women’s magazine.