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How Are Female Images Created? Women in Media to Discuss on March 19


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

Media Advisory/Calendar Listing for Monday, March 19, 9 AM – 1:45 PM


-- Panelists Include Notable Women from Publishing, TV and Film;
Guerrilla Girls to Perform--

WHAT: Queens College’s annual Virginia Frese Palmer Women’s Studies Conference held during Women’s History Month. Free and open to the public, the 2007 conference, “Female Image Makers,” will focus on how images of women are created in our society and their effect on career, family and self-perception. A panel of successful women from film, television, publishing and other media will discuss their experiences related to this issue.
WHEN: 9 – 12 noon, morning panel
12:15 – 1:45 PM, multimedia presentation by the Guerrilla Girls

Panelists are:
Gail Buckley: “Whose Image?” Buckley is the author of The Hornes: An American Family, a history of Buckley’s mother, musical legend Lena Horne, and her family; and, most recently, American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military.

Laurie Collyer: Projections of Women. Collyer is a screenwriter and film director. Her most recent film was the award-winning Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Jill Kargman: “Type A Woman in a ‘B’ Role: Motherhood – A Career with No Promotions.” Kargman writes for TV, film and national magazines. She is also the co-author of such best-selling novels as Wolves in Chic Clothing and The Right Address, and of the screenplay for the 2001 Sundance film Intern. Her first solo novel is Momzillas.

Debbie Stoller: “Towards a Feminist Pop Culture.” Stoller is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BUST Magazine, a pop culture feminist publication which is read by over 405,000 young women around the country, and author of the New York Times best-selling Stitch ‘n Bitch book series.

Christine Vachon: “Film and Gender.” Vachon co-founded Killer Films 10 years ago and has produced some of America’s most acclaimed feature films, including Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, One-Hour Photo and Infamous.

Laura Zigman: “Failure: A Love Story.” Zigman is the author of several novels including Dating Big Bird and the national bestseller, Animal Husbandry, which was made into the popular feature film, Someone Like You, in 2000. Her latest novel is Piece of Work.

Multi-media performance by the Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous women wearing gorilla masks who assume the names of dead female artists. With the help of slides,video and audience participation, they use facts and humor to expose and fight sexual and racial discrimination in politics, art, film and popular culture. The Guerrilla Girls have appeared at schools, museums and organizations around the country.

WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
4th floor – Student Union. Parking available for moderate fee.
For directions, go to


The Virginia Frese Palmer Conference, named for one of Queens College’s most generous alumnae and supporters of the Women’s Studies program, was established in 2002 as an annual conference to address some of the key issues and problems facing today’s women. Previous conference topics included "Women and Economics: The Global Picture"; "Is Gender Still a Sexy Topic?"; "Women and Violence"; "Feminism and Multiculturalism,” and "Women and the Iraq War.”



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Deputy Director of News Services
(Position vacant)

(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services
Queens Hall, Room 270B
(718) 997-5593

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