Registration Open for October Event!

“Do You Like What You See?” How to Engage the Social Impact of Media on Women and Girls

Friday, October 1, 2010 /  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Cost: $20 (includes lunch and materials) 

Follow the registration link to sign up online:

Or call 315-268-4208

The day will include presentations from Deborah Borie, Too Sexy, Too Soon; and Value U Coordinators, Jennifer L. Ball, Ph.D. & Jessica L. Willis, Ph.D.  Cathy M. Pircsuk, General Manager of WWNY-TV/WNYF-TV in Watertown, will be on hand to answer questions about corporate media. Ms. Pircsuk will also moderate an afternoon plenary.

Jennifer L. Ball is an historian specializing in gender and sexuality in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Clarkson University. She received her MA and Ph.D from Purdue University. Her historical research focuses on the history of the right to privacy and contraception in Connecticut, 1940-1965.  Her teaching interests include gender, sexuality, social activism, historical media studies and digital humanities.  


Deborah A. Borie was a Project Co-Director of the Training 2000+ grant at Just Kids Early Childhood Development Center from 2005-2010As part of this grant, she coordinated statewide training and collaborated with the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention, county health departments, and service providers on the delivery of state–approved curricula designed to meet the staff development needs of professionals working with families whose infant or toddler has a developmental problem. By invitation, Ms. Borie has presented numerous workshops at national, state, and local conferences designed to support the professional development needs of early childhood professionals.  She holds a Master’s of Arts in Communication Disorders from The College of St. Rose, a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from SUNY Potsdam, and a Diplome Superieure from the Institut de Touraine, Tours, France.

Cathy M. Pircsuk is the Vice President and General Manager of the local CBS (WWNY) and FOX (WNYF) affiliate TV stations. She was also a producer/anchor for UPI Newstime in Atlanta, Georgia.  Cathy joined the staff of WWNY-TV as a reporter in 1979 and has since held the positions of producer, anchor, news director, station manager and general manager. She attended Norwood-Norfolk Central School, SUNY Geneseo and the University of Missouri at Columbia. 

 Jessica L. Willis specializes in feminist political theories, interdisciplinary studies, and contemporary issues related to girls and youth growing up in the United States.  Dr. Willis is the Gender Studies Divisional editor of the newly founded online Journal of Integrated Social Sciences ( She received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Clark University in Massachusetts. Her M.A. degree in Clinical Feminist Psychology was awarded by New College of California in San Francisco. Her B.A. in Literature and Women Studies was completed at University California Santa Cruz.

Value U. is a community action initiative, currently sponsored by the American Association of University, Women interested in promoting positive images and behaviors for girls 12-18 and college women. We currently focus on female athletes and healthy behaviors for all girls and women.

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