Pockrass Lecture to focus on children, media

October 08, 2008

Dafna Lemish, a leading media scholar, will present the fall 2008 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Her free public lecture, titled "Children and Media: Old Questions -- New Ideas," is sponsored by the Penn State College of Communications and University Libraries.

Lemish is professor in the Department of Communication at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include the role of media in children's lives, as well as gender representations and the role of media in the construction of gender identities.

She has authored or co-authored nearly 100 book chapters, referred articles and encyclopedia entries. She is the author of "Children and Television: A Global Perspective" (Blackwell, 2007) and is the founding and current editor of the Journal of Children and Media. She also has co-authored or co-edited four additional books, including "The Wonder Phone in the Land of Miracles: Mobile Telephony in Israel" (with Cohen and Schejter, Hampton Press, 2008).

Lemish is active with children and women's rights in Israel and internationally. Currently, she is a visiting professor with the Center on Media and Child Health of Children's Hospital Boston and the Harvard Medical School and working on her new book project titled "Gendering Children's Television: Views of Producers around the Globe" (forthcoming, Routledge).

The Pockrass Lecture was named after the late 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 for the School of Journalism, which later became the College of Communications.

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