Feb 15, 2008    #005
Contact: Angela Turner

Lyn Mikel Brown’s “Packaging Girlhood” featured at the UMKC Starr Symposium

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Starr Symposium on Thursday, March 6, will feature Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed. D., co-author of “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.” The event is hosted by the UMKC Women’s Center and the Women’s Council.

During an evening presentation, called “Packaging Girlhood,” Brown will discuss how parents can guide their daughters through negative media images without taking a “Just say no” perspective. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the UMKC University Center, 5000 Holmes Road, followed by the program at 7 p.m. at Pierson Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets are required. The free tickets can be reserved by contacting the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Brown’s credentials include mom, professor and community activist. Her research on girls’ social and psychological development has been noticed in People Magazine and Mademoiselle and in reviews in newspapers such as The New York Times and Boston Globe. She also has written or co-authored four books, including “Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls’ Development,” a 1992 New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

From 1-3 p.m., Brown will conduct a workshop called “Raising Media Savvy Girls” in room 106 of the UMKC University Center. She will examine the media images that encourage the kinds of behavior, dress and interactions among girls that schools and parents find increasingly alarming.

The workshop targets counselors, school nurses and other professionals who work directly with approximately 9- to 18-years-olds and will develop strategies for working with girls and teaching media literacy. Registration is required by contacting the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638 or

The annual Starr Symposium, named after Martha Jane Starr, is funded by the Family Study Center Endowment and overseen by the Starr Education Committee. The symposium brings nationally known experts in women's issues to work with community leaders to examine ways to eliminate barriers that face women. More information is available at

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban affairs.

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