Stuart Ewen - Department of Communications, Hunter College, NY
Stuart Ewen is professor of Media Studies and Chair of the Department of Communications at Hunter College. He is also a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in History and in Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. For nearly twenty five years he has been one of the leading historians and critics of American consumer society and an important innovator in the growing field of Media Studies. He is the author of All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture. His other books include Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of Consumer Culture, and Channels of Desire: Mass Images and the Shaping of American Consciousness. He is currently completing a social history of public relations entitled The Grooves of Borrowed Thought: Stagecraft and Truth in an Age of Public Relations. Ewen’s more than thirty years of activity as a photographer, pamphleteer, graphic artist, multimedia prankster and political situationist continue to attract considerable attention. Long known to historians and others in the humanities and social sciences, his work has also had a growing influence in the fields of art and design over the past several years.
Sut Jhally - Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
For over a decade Sut Jhally has been developing political economic approaches to the analysis of media and culture by the examination of the material and social conditions of cultural production. His major books include Social Communication in Advertising: Persons, Products and Images of Well Being, The Codes of Advertising: Fetishism and the Political Economy of Meaning in the Consumer Society and Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show. He is founder and Executive Director of The Media Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to creating a media-literate citizenry in a diverse, open and democratic society. He has written, produced and directed numerous video productions including "Dreamworlds: Gender/Sex/Power in Rock Video," "Pack of Lies: The Advertising of Tobacco," and "Deconstructing Advertising: Making Sense of Consumer Culture." He has lectured at universities and colleges throughout North America and currently teaches in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
Jean Kilbourne - Media Critic, Lecturer and Writer
Jean Kilbourne is internationally known through her illustrated lectures and award winning films, "Killing Us Softly," "Calling The Shots," "Pack of Lies" and "Slim Hopes." She has spent years researching and compiling examples of media imagery and its effects on young people, especially women. Dr. Kilbourne is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. She has testified for the U.S. Congress and has acted as an advisor to two U.S. Surgeons General. She was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses today and has twice received the Lecturer of the Year Award from the National Association of Campus Activities. She is a Visiting Scholar at Wellesley College, and is on the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Bernard McGrane - Department of Sociology, Chapman University
Bernard McGrane is well known for his inspirational teaching and his provocative educational video "The Ad and The Id: Sex, Death and Subliminal Advertising." He is the author of The Un-TV and the 10 MPH Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life, Beyond Anthropology: Society and the Other and Society, Self and De-socialization: an Introduction to Buddhist Sociology. He has taught at Colby College, Cuesta College, the University of California at Los Angeles, Pitzer College and the University of California at Irvine. He currently is Professor of Sociology at Chapman University.
Richard Pollay - Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia
Richard Pollay teaches Advertising and Marketing Management, and his research on the social and cultural effects of advertising has been published in numerous journals. As an expert witness in recent trials involving the tobacco industry, he has acquired access to previously secret internal documents which he uses to reveal the marketing strategy of tobacco companies and why they target children. As curator of the History of Advertising Archives at the University of British Columbia, he has produced the reference book of the field, Information Sources for the History of Advertising and many scholarly articles on historical topics. He has acted as a consultant with the American Advertising Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Commercialism, the U.S. Surgeon General and numerous other organizations.
Herbert Chao Gunther - President and Executive Director, Public Media Center - San Francisco, CA
For over twenty years, former advertising executive Herbert Chao Gunther has been President and Executive Director of Public Media Center, the nation’s leading nonprofit public interest advertising agency. Public Media Center creates media campaigns that address critical social issues for organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace, together with 200 other environmental, women’s and social justice organizations in the United States and in Japan, the Peoples’ Republic of China, Chile, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and the Netherlands. Public Media Center also undertakes campaigns in cooperation with philanthropic foundations, including The California Wellness Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kaiser Family Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Turner Foundation, Goldman Environmental Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Patagonia, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Gerbode Foundation, Esprit Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Schumann Foundation, Foundation for Deep Ecology, Sir James Goldsmith Foundation, New World Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program and a number of family funds across the United States.