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April 11: Feminist Speaker Anita Sarkeesian
Sarkeesian will discuss portrayal of women in video games in annual Carol Ortman Perkins lecture.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-7-2016
Mankato, Minn. – Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist media critic, blogger and public speaker, will present the 12th annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
In her lecture, Sarkeesian will explain why it’s no secret that the video game industry boasts some of the most sexually objectified, stereotyped and downright oppressive portrayals of women in any medium.
Sarkeesian will give a broad overview of the culture that sustains harassment, exclusion, and objectification in gaming, from the dynamics of sexist cyber-mobs to recurring tropes in video games that reinforce sexist conceptions of women, before concluding with a look at a few games that manage to get it right.
More information about Sarkeesian is available on the website, feministfrequency.com.
The cost to attend Monday’s lecture is $5 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased on campus at the Women’s Center (Centennial Student Union 218) or at the Coffee Hag (329 North Riverfront Drive in Mankato). Minnesota State Mankato students, staff and faculty with a valid Mav Card can pick up free tickets at the Women’s Center.
For more information about other Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center events, visit www.mnsu.edu/wcenter or call the Women’s Center at 507-389-6146.
About the Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship
The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies launched the Perkins Lectureship campaign in 2003 to commemorate Perkins’ retirement as chair of the department for over a decade. Perkins’ commitment to and enthusiasm for gender & women’s studies helped make the department an exciting and dynamic place to study systems of oppression both locally and internationally.
The aim of this lectureship is to invite a distinguished feminist scholar/activist to campus each year to visit Minnesota State Mankato and deliver an address to the community. Lecturers are selected based on their contributions to feminist scholarship and their ability to forge connections between theory and practice.
The lectureship fulfills the mission of the Women’s Center and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies to promote feminist scholarship and activism and to encourage the exchange of ideas.
Previous lecturers have included Lilly Ledbetter, Gloria Steinem, Wilma Mankiller, Dorothy Allison, Jessica Valenti, Susan Faludi, Jewel Woods and Laverne Cox.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.