Bring Bitch Media's award-winning feminist response to pop culture to your event! We've discussed a wide range of topics, from Twilight to Disney and pop music to social media, in a variety of venues. Have a conference, symposium, or workshop coming up? Contact us today to book one of our staff members for your event.
Andi Zeisler is a writer, editor, and cultural critic. She is the cofounder of Bitch Media, the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press, 2008), and the coeditor of BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006). Her writing on feminism, popular culture, and media has appeared in newspapers and magazines including Ms., Mother Jones, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. She has discussed feminism, activism, and current events on radio programs like The Sound of Young America, Forum, and World Have Your Say, and is regularly called as a media source for news stories about gender and feminist issues. Andi speaks often at colleges and universities on everything from magazine publishing to the evolution of craft to the importance of pop culture as a locus of feminist activism.
Talks and workshops include:
• Don't Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice
• Beyond Bitches, Bimbos, and Ballbreakers: Pop Culture as a Crucial Site of Feminist Activism
• Building a Better Bitch: Bitch Media's Past, Present, and Future as a Feminist Response to Media and Pop Culture
• Print is Still Alive, and It's Pissed
• New Domesticity, Old Biases: Hipstercraft and the Problem of Ironic Distance
• A Different Kind of 'Click' Moment: Evolving Feminist Analysis and Activism in Print, on the Web, and Beyond
• Talking Back 101: A workshop on identifying bias, bad framing, and sexism in media and pop culture, and responding strategically
Andi Zeisler has spoken on our campus several times and she is always a popular and informative speaker. Students enjoy hearing a feminist perspective on popular culture as well as learning about the role independent media can play in bringing about more equitable gender representation and participation in the media...She is a fabulous speaker and we are looking forward to her campus visit again this spring. -Lewis & Clark College
I have been honored to welcome Andi Zeisler for in-class visits on more than one occasion. My students and I have benefitted tremendously from our exposure to the sustainable ethical action embodied by Andi and Bitch Media...Bitch Media insistently reminds us that students have many options to pursue DIY enterprises, to be activist, and to speak to higher values. That message proves inspiring for many of them, and a vital component in the larger conversation about mass media in the 21st century. -Erik Palmer, University of Oregon
Having Andi Zeisler as our keynote speaker for Women's History Month was amazing! "Don't Just Change the Channel" was a catalyst across our college campus, inspiring the audience to stand up and pursue their own forms of activism. In the small group workshop "Talking Back 101," Andi provided our Women's Student Union Executive Board the tools to further our feminist goals. Thank you, Bitch Media! -SUNY Fredonia
Bitch Media online editor Sarah Mirk is a journalist and editor who has strong opinions on the future of print and digital media. Raised on the internet, Mirk received a degree in History from Grinnell College and worked for five years as a reporter and columnist for weekly newspapers The Stranger and The Portland Mercury. She has published an acclaimed series of nonfiction comics about Oregon history and her guidebook to nontraditional relationships, Sex From Scratch, is due out from Microcosm Publishing in 2014. Mirk has taught media literacy and self-publishing classes to diverse audiences, led workshops on nonfiction writing, and spoken to groups large and small about feminism, politics, and journalism.
Talks and workshops include:
• The Future of Feminism
• Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media
• We Need More Journalists: An overview of the state of media—good and bad—and a call to action for young aspiring journalists
• Graphic Journalism—The power of comics in journalism
• Speak Up, Make Change—How to use the internet for effective social justice activism and work with mainstream media
• Print and Online Reporting 101—The basics of how to be a great journalist in this changing landscape
• Making Nonfiction Comics—How to create your own comics that tell true stories, including biographies, histories, and tales of graphic journalism.
The whole campus was buzzing with excitement the week prior to her arrival and the auditorium that we reserved for the event was totally packed on the night of the lecture. Sarah spoke on how to use the internet as an effective form of social justice...an extremely relevant and important topic for my generation. We are grateful to have had a chance to welcome Sarah to our campus, and we hope to be able to work with Bitch again in the future! -Beloit College
Sarah Mirk inspired workshop participants by providing clear and concise ways students can work with the media to promote their own passions. What we appreciated most about working with Sarah Mirk was her attention to the real issues going on in our community. She was genuinely invested in helping us create powerful activist projects and she brought her experience and expertise into the room to help us understand the process. The students loved how the advice and strategies she provided were directly applicable to making media and making change! -Skidmore College
Kristin Rogers Brown is a designer, creative director, problem solver, and educator who believes that form, function, and delight are at the root of all good design. In addition to her work as Bitch Media's art director, she works as a freelance designer, teaches collaborative design and illustration at PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art), and is a former vice presidet of AIGA Portland. She has presented and moderated panel discussions on a range of design-related topics including sustainable design, portfolio development, creative brainstorming, design for learning, and brand strategy.
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