HPU To Host Second Event In Film And Lecture Series, Featuring Clemson Sociology Professor

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 24, 2009 ? High Point University will host Dr. Ellen Granberg, sociology professor at Clemson University, as guest speaker for the second event in the “Turn Down the Lights/Turn Up the Volume: Women?s Documentary Film and Lecture Series.” The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Granberg will discuss her research on body image, obesity, weight loss and self-improvement. She will accompany her discussion with the documentary ?Beauty Mark: Body Image and the Race for Perfection,? an examination of society?s fixation on physical perfection as seen through the eyes of a psychotherapist and former champion triathlete.

Coordinated by Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of communication, and Dr. Joanne Sandberg, assistant professor of sociology, the series consists of events scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters. Each event is dedicated to the experiences of women as their lives intersect in some compelling aspects of society including racism, advertising, health and beauty issues, lifestyle choices, relationships and more.

“In our mediated world, where images of perfection and beauty relentlessly bombard us, we need to step back and be mindful of their effects on us,” says Isaksen. 

Sandberg adds, “I am excited that students from High Point University and members of the Triad community will be able to continue to explore the complex facets of women?s lives. Professor Ellen Granberg?s lecture, in conjunction with the screening of the documentary, will provide a thought-provoking and fascinating presentation.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://womensseries.highpoint.edu.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education?s ?Great Colleges to Work For? 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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