Pockrass lecture to focus on Latina portrayals in the media

October 19, 2009

Isabel Molina, a leading media and cultural studies scholar, will present the fall 2009 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library on Penn State's University Park campus.

Her free public lecture, titled "Consuming Latina Bodies Through the Global Media," is sponsored by the College of Communications and University Libraries.

A Penn State alumna, Molina (1992, communications) is an associate professor of Latina/Latino studies, media and cinema studies, and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois. She also serves as director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program at Illinois. She is the co-founder and former chair of the Ethnicity, Race In Communication Division of the International Communication Association.

Molina’s research and publications focus on the contemporary politics of ethnicity, race and gender in the media. Examining gendered narratives on news, television, film and the Internet, she has published journal articles and book chapters on a variety of case studies. Her book "Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media" (2010, New York University Press) explores both the media popularity and social backlash toward Latinas in the media.
The Pockrass Lecture was named after the late Professor Robert M. Pockrass, a member of Penn State's journalism faculty from 1948 to 1977. Pockrass, who specialized in public opinion and popular culture, served as the graduate officer and taught radio news writing.

  • Isabel Molina.

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