Journalist Khadijah White to speak April 10 on 'Missing White Woman Syndrome'

April 02, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Khadijah White, an award-winning journalist and assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, will give a talk on "Missing White Women, Missing America" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, in 112 Walker Building.

White's talk investigates the news convergences of two essentialist and geographically centered representations of the white female body as a larger social, political and cultural symbol of respectability in the new millennium. Specifically, this piece examines the rhetorical rise of the term “stay-at-home mom” within news stories in relation to the disproportionate news coverage of white female victims at the turn of the 21st century, a phenomenon that professor Sheri Parks calls “Missing White Woman Syndrome” and scholar Rebecca Wanzo refers to as “Lost Girl Event."

The talk is part of the Department of Geography's weekly lecture series, Coffee Hour, offered on Friday afternoons during the fall and spring semesters. The talks are also available as webcasts via Mediasite live.

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Last Updated April 03, 2015