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UNI to host expert in cultural images

October 10, 2011

Ruth Chananie-Hill, assistant professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology, 319-273-7242,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Gail Dines from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in 002 Sabin Hall, on the UNI campus.

Dines will present "Supersexed: Pop Culture Images of Women in a Porn Culture," which focuses on the hyper-sexualization of the ways that porn images filter down into mainstream pop culture. A question and answer session, a book sale and author signing of Dines' book, "Pornland," will follow the session.

Dines is a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston. Her work on media and pornography has appeared in academic journals and magazines, such as TIME and Newsweek, and newspapers across the country. She recently received the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights and is a founding member of "Stop Porn Culture," an educational and activist group of antiviolence experts, community organizers and anyone concerned about increasing pornification of the culture.

The event is free and open to the public to anyone 18 years and older. Recording devices, including cameras, are not permitted during the lecture.

For more information, contact Ruth Chananie-Hill, assistant professor in sociology, anthropology and criminology at 319-273-7242 or