Panel to Discuss Body Size Myths, Stereotypes and Prejudices

posted on April 9, 2008

The Clarke College Human Rights Action Group (HRAG) will host a panel discussion entitled "Body Size: Exploring Myths, Stereotypes and Prejudices" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The panel will be moderated by Clarke Director of Student Life Cammie Dean and will feature a variety of experts from the Dubuque area. Members of the panel include:

Ken Brown is the city editor for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. He will discuss body size images, attitudes and expectations in the media. He earned his degree from Marquette College and has been a journalist for the past 20 years. He has taught newswriting and reporting classes at Clarke College and the College of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Rachel Daack is an assistant professor of sociology at Clarke College. She will discuss how gender, race, sexual orientation, and class can help us understand what eating disorders mean. According to sociology, the ultimate solutions for some experiences of eating disorders really lay in the hands of society rather than in the hands of individuals dealing with the stresses or trauma that led to their eating disorders.

Yasyn Lee has practiced general adult psychiatry at Medical Associates Clinic, P.C., in Dubuque, Iowa, since 1992. She will discuss the medical and psychiatric consequences of eating disorders. Currently, her practice focus is in geriatric and consultation psychiatry and psychopharmacology. She is also chair of the Iowa Board of Medicine, the state agency which licenses physicians. Lee completed her medical education at the Ohio State College and psychiatry residency training at College of Minnesota.

Lorie Murphy-Freebolin is the director of the Clarke College Counseling Center. She will discuss body image as it influences self-esteem. She will include a brief discussion on how self-esteem is developed and nurtured and present some practical tools for improving self-esteem.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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