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NAMLE/Media Literacy Week: Gender in Children’s Media

November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

The power and influence of gender representation remains a pressing issue in children’s media. While improvements are visible (witness more girls in lead roles in streaming series and featured in new programs on kids cable networks), challenges remain. Finding the right balance requires understanding– and a desire to help all children find themselves represented in media. Should our focus be on individual programs or individual games? Or should this be dealt with on a network-wide basis? And what about issues of gender fluidity and whether we should be focusing children on binary male/female choices at all? Join us for a deep dive into this topic and come away with a more nuanced understanding of the issues and new ways to think about these issues in your children’s media work.


About our Speakers

Sherri Hope Culver serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. Prior to her adventures in academia, she worked as a producer and public television executive for over 25 years and currently consults with children’s media companies. Sherri is past president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education and currently serves on the board of directors. She regularly presents internationally on media literacy and children’s media topics. Sherri has authored and co-authored several books, including a chapter in the latest edition of “20 Questions about Youth and the Media” (2018).
Lewis Freeman (Ph.D., Columbia) is a Senior Lecturer in Fordham University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Media Association. Previously, he served on the boards of the New York State Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association and on the Task Force on Discipline Advancement for the National Communication Association. His achievements include receiving the Urban Communication Foundation prize, the New York State Communication Association Neil Postman Mentor Award, a Time Warner Cable grant, two Telly awards, and a book, Sitcom Society: Social Stratification and Social Mobility in Situation Comedy (2008).
Autumn Zitani is the Senior Director of Content in Sesame Workshop’s Curriculum and Content Department, as well as Content Producer for Sesame Street. Autumn has been with Sesame Workshop for over 15 years and is responsible for the development and implementation of Sesame Street’s whole child curriculum. In her role, she reviews, creates and integrates educational and developmentally appropriate content across Sesame Workshop’s media platforms, such as television, digital media, outreach and licensed products. She received her Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mary Ellen Holden is Advisor to the Geena Davis Institute and New York Council Lead. She spearheads development of a robust New York membership base for the Institute and programming slate for this important entertainment and media community. Holden is a guest speaker on gender, diversity and inclusion at private and public industry events. She represents the Institute for the Unstereotype Alliance.Holden boasts a twenty-five-year career in media, marketing, advertising and business development in the entertainment, news, sports and live event industries. Prior roles in the children’s space include marketing for Jim Henson Productions, Nickelodeon and Hanna-Barbera properties.




November 7, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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