Film showing Oct. 30 & 31st: Miss Representation

Miss Representation
Miss Representation

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

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Film showings: Miss Representation

Miss Representation
Miss Representation

10/30/2013 – Miss Representation showing and discussion (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) in the Library Events Area

10/31/2013 – Miss Representation (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) in the Library Events Area

A woman’s place is in the House, and the Senate. So why are so few of our elected leaders, and corporate leaders, women? Are there connections between sexualized advertising and the small number of women mayors? Do dangerously thin models affect the number of women in decision making positions in entertainment and the news? Miss Representation analyzes how media content and the structure of the media industry shape women’s political power and participation in the United States today.

Join Women’s Studies, Feminist Majority (newly formed student organization), and the Cunningham Memorial Library to examine the connection between the public representation of women and women’s civic roles and opportunities.

For more information, visit Miss Representation website ( or Facebook or follow Miss Representation on Twitter (@RepresentPledge)

Miss Representation film awards
Miss Representation film awards

Third Thursday Lecture & Discussion Series: Religious Arguments in Support of Marriage Equality

10/17/2014 – Third Thursday Lecture & Discussion Series: Religious  Arguments in Support of Marriage Equality (7:30 pm – 8:30 pm) in room 028

Historically, Americans have invoked religious beliefs and doctrines to both justify discriminatory practices such as slavery and the subjugation of women, and to argue against such practices. Contemporary debates around marriage equality thus at times resemble past discussions surrounding slavery and women’s rights. This program will explore some of the ways that writers and scholars from different faith traditions have been able to reconcile their religious beliefs with support for marriage equality.

Speaker: Dr. Tom Johnson, Department of Psychology. The Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality, Indiana State University

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to give presentation


A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has documented Latinos’ experiences in the U.S. for more than four decades will give a presentation at Indiana State University.

José Galvez will present “Shine” on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in University Hall Theater. Galvez will discuss his time documenting Latinos’ experiences living in the United States, incorporating his own life starting as a young boy with a shoeshine box to working his way up to becoming a photographer for the Los Angeles Times, where in 1984 he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California. Through the years, he continued documenting Latinos’ experiences in the U.S. Galvez’s presentation is free and open to the public.

“He has chronicled many aspects of Latino life in the USA for more than 40 years, and he showcases everything from the heights and inspirational aspects of Latino culture, to challenges and struggles that Latinos have faced,” said Theresa Ortega, advisor to the Hispanic Student Association at Indiana State who also is helping to organize the visit. “He has gone from a shoeshine boy to a Pulitzer Prize-winner. In many ways, his own experience reflects the American Dream.”

Galvez will spend the day meeting with different groups of Indiana State students, providing insights from his personal and professional experiences to teach them. He also will have a collection of some of his photography on display as part of the visit, Ortega said.

“His presentation is as inspiring as it is educational,” Ortega said. “He has witnessed and documented a lot in his career, and he will share some of the most insightful and inspirational moments with the public. People also will have an opportunity to view some of Jose Galvez’s most memorable photographs.”

Galvez’s visit to Indiana State is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Association and the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advocacy.

Contact: Theresa Ortega, advisor, Hispanic Student Association, Indiana State University, 812-237-8096  or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or



Beloved land : an oral history of Mexican Americans in southern Arizona / collected and edited by Patricia Preciado Martin ; with photographs by José Galvez