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 reproductive rights, 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
Having Andi Zeisler as our keynote speaker for Women's History Month was amazing! -SUNY Fredonia
Andi and everyone else at Bitch was very helpful in the planning process. She gave an excellent and interesting presentation, and helped us brainstorm a lot of excellent ideas that we hope to use in our activism on campus. -University of Connecticut
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. -Lewis & Clark College
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 August of 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.
Sarah Mirk’s talk was hip, fresh and energizing! Our students identified with her and were inspired to create media after her talk. -Metropolitan State University of Denver
The whole campus was buzzing with excitement the week prior to her arrival and the auditorium was totally packed on the night of the lecture. -Beloit College
What we appreciated most about working with Sarah Mirk was her attention to the real issues going on in our community. -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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