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Activist Jackson Katz to Discuss Critical Political Media Literacy at STLCC-Meramec

September 30, 2008

Jackson Katz  
Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz, one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists, will deliver a timely, cutting-edge analysis of political imagery and rhetoric in U.S presidential campaigns during Media Education Week at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is slated for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the gymnasium on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.

Katz will introduce a new area of study: critical political media literacy. CPML is based on the idea that thoughtful citizenship in democratic societies in the 21st century media environment requires -- at a minimum  -- that people have critical media literacy skills in order to resist media-driven political manipulations.

An educator, author and filmmaker, Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars and workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.

Katz is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students, including "Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity" (2000), "Wrestling With Manhood" (2002) and "Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol" (2004). His new book, "The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help," was published by Sourcebooks in 2006.

This lecture is the keynote event to Meramec’s Media Education Week that will feature several local media personalities over four days. 

For more information on the Katz lecture and other Media Education Week events, visit www.stlcc.edu and click on the calendar link for October, or call 314-984-7555.