Girlhood: UNCW to Host Events that Focus on Issues Facing Contemporary Girls

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - Teachers and parents of middle school girls are invited to the UNCW campus Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 for events that focus on the issues facing contemporary girls.

The Jan. 31 event is a documentary film screening of It's a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood and a panel discussion featuring UNCW faculty from the departments of English, Film Studies, and Sociology and Criminology. The Feb. 1 event is a lecture and question-and-answer (Q&A) session featuring Sharon Lamb, author of Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes.

Both events are free and open to the public. Teachers have the opportunity to earn continuing education hours for their participation. Contact Donyell Roseboro, associate professor of education, at 910-962-7244 or for information.

Documentary and Panel Discussion
It's a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood
When: 7 p.m., Jan. 31, Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Union
Director: Shannon Silva, assistant professor, Film Studies Department
Producer: Donna King, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
Panelists: Silva, King, Meghan Sweeny, associate professor, Department of English; and Mariana Johnson, associate chair and assistant professor, Film Studies Department.

Lecture and Q&A with Sharon Lamb
Author of Packaging Girlhood and Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes
When: 3 p.m., Feb. 1, Lumina Theater
About the speaker: Lamb, a professor of counseling psychology, serves as chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


  • Women's Studies and Resource Center
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Women's Studies Student Association
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Watson College of Education
  • Film Studies Department
  • Department of Communication Studies

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, or 910-962-7631.