Lecture series continues with civil rights leader Joan Garry

    October 31, 2012

    Joan GarryRecognized as one of the most vocal, passionate and effective civil rights leaders in America, Joan M. Garry continues the fall 2012 Contemporary Issues Lecture Series with her presentation "Media and its Impact on Changing Hearts and Minds." The presentation will be in the Young Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    "The media can change our perceptions on matters for positive or negative and shape our ideas," said Susan Johnson, chair of the Political Science Department and coordinator of the lecture series. "As we live in a 24/7 media environment, we need to critically assess how our thoughts are shaped by the media." 

    Garry, a former executive director of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), began her professional career as part of the management team that launched MTV in 1981. Currently a featured blogger at The Huffington Post, Garry offers commentary on issues relevant to the gay community as a columnist with The Washington Blade, and on a number of television and radio outlets. Garry's personal essays have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and other national publications.

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

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