Jean Kilbourne

Jean Kilbourne

  • Jean Kilbourne 
  • Pioneering Activist, speaker & writer

 

In the late 1960s, Jean began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs. According to Susan Faludi, “Jean Kilbourne’s work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture -advertising. We owe her a great debt.” Mary Pipher has called Kilbourne “our best, most compassionate teacher.”

Her films, lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids (with Diane E. Levin).

Presentations at Calvin University:

Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Corrupts Relationships
Part of the: January Series

Wednesday, January 22, 2003  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Underwritten by: Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center for Health Professions

Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation is not recorded or archived.

Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession of Thinness
Part of the: January Series

Wednesday, January 16, 2002  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Underwritten by: Hospice of Michigan

Killing Us Softly: The Marketing of Alcohol, Tobacco and Diet Products
Part of the: January Series

Wednesday, January 14, 1998  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Underwritten by: Hope Network

The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women
Part of the: January Series

Thursday, January 19, 1995  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Underwritten by: Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction
Part of the: January Series

Thursday, January 7, 1993  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Featured publication

Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel

Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel
by Jean Kilbourne 
Free Press (June 26, 2012)

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