2017 Gender-Based Violence Symposium

April 4th 2017
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Keynote to start at 12:00 PM
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium

Join the UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group in observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month with an interdisciplinary symposium examining gender-based violence and messaging.

This year we are excited to bring to campus internationally acclaimed media critic, author, and filmmaker, Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. Recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.

The keynote will be followed by panel discussions, student presentations and hands-on activities. Delve into discussions around how messaging and violence impact each other. Join in domestic and internationally-focused talks given by UNC Doctoral Students.

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available. Attendance is free and open to the UNC community and general public. Registration is not required.

Please contact Eva Bland at ebland@unc.edu with any questions about the symposium.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote by Jean Kilbourne 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lightning Talks: Addressing Gender-Based Violence through Challenging Social Norms

Recognizing Intersectional Oppression in Trauma-Informed Care
Waru Gichance, PhD Student, Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill 
Anole Halper, MSW/MPH Student & Intern, Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Intersections of Immigration & Domestic Violence
Kate Townsend, Public Policy & Women’s Studies, Arts & Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill & Intern, Compass Center for Women

Seduction or Coercion: Problematic Languages of Masculinities & Their Role in Socially-Sanctioned Gendered Violence
Nicole T. Castro, PhD Student, Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill

Working with Males to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Primary Approach
Rodney Absher, Prevention Education Coordinator
The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

Ending Rape Culture at Carolina
Emma Johnson, Political Science & History, Arts & Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

The Effect of a Conditional Cash Transfer for HIV Prevention on the Experience of Partner Violence for Young Women
Kelly Kilburn, Postdoctoral Scholar Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, UNC-Chapel Hill

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Social Norms on a Spectrum: Visioning Culture Change  
Linda Chamiec-Case, MSW/MPH Student & Program Assistant for Violence Prevention, Student Wellness, UNC-Chapel Hill
LB Klein, PhD Student, Social Work, UNC-Chapel Hill

3:50 pm -4:00 pm Closing and Debrief

About Our Keynote: Jean Kilbourne

Jean Kilbourne UNC presentation

Advertising is an over $250 billion a year industry.

We are each exposed to over 3000 ads a day. The ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. Sometimes they sell addictions.

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., internationally acclaimed media critic, author, and filmmaker, is known for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides and that encourages dialogue. With expert knowledge, insight, humor and commitment, she moves and empowers people to take action in their own and in society’s interest.

The award-winning films “Killing Us Softly,” “Spin the Bottle,” and “Slim Hopes” are based on her lectures. She has twice received the Lecturer of the Year award from the National Association for Campus Activities and was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular lecturers on college campuses. She is the author of 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 .

_Kilbourne_Poster_2011-4“Jean Kilbourne’s arguments are as focused and unassailable as those of a good prosecutor. Piece by piece she builds a case for an America deeply corrupted by advertisers.”
— Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia


“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.”
— Susan Faludi, author of Backlash

Preview Jean Kilbourne’s Film Killing Us Softly 4

Film Screening FB PostMonday, March 27th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Room 111,  Carroll Hall
Free and Open to the Public

In preparation for her upcoming keynote at the Gender-Based Violence Symposium, join us for a free screening of Dr. Jean Kilbourne’s film Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women.

Named by the New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses, Dr. Jean Kilbourne has been researching how advertising creates and maintains distorted and destructive ideals of femininity, which exposes a pattern of damaging gender stereotypes. Break down print and television ads: join us to uncover a steady stream of sexist and misogynistic images and messages that lay bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of passivity and a restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world.

Join UNC Injury Prevention Research Center to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism and gender-based violence.

Call for Volunteers

We are also seeking volunteers who would like to help with various aspects of the Symposium on Gender-Based Violence Research including outreach, advertising, logistics, evaluation, community engagement, and more.  Please contact vembry@live.unc.edu if you are interested or want to learn more.