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Sexuality, Teens, and the Media

The American Forum: Sexuality, Teens, and the Media

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, November 13  

Salon 3, Marriott Wardman
2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

Media are invited to attend, but the event is closed to the public. Media wishing to attend must contact Maggie Barrett, AU Communications, or 202-885-5951 before noon on Friday, November 13.

*Persons under the age of 18 will be present. The teenage panelist and her parents have signed a media release form allowing images (photos/video) and audio identifying her to be captured and distributed. This is not the case for other teenagers attending the event. Media are asked to not capture images and/or audio that identify specific, individual teenage attendees and participants.   

Whether it’s Miley Cyrus dancing around a pole or the palpable tension between Bella and Edward in the Twilight series, today’s teens are bombarded by media images of sexuality and gender. How does this exposure impact how teens see themselves in a culture obsessed with physical appearance and sexual relationships?

Top media and education experts and an audience of media-savvy high school journalists will take on those questions and others during American University’s and WAMU 88.5’s American Forum: Sexuality, Teens, and the Media.  

The event will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, November 13 in Salon 3 at the Marriott Wardman in Washington, D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood.

The Forum will be held in conjunction with the National High School Journalism Convention, organized by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.
WAMU 88.5, the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. area, will record and air the event at 9 p.m. on Monday, November 16.

The American Forum is a coproduction of American University’s School of Communication and WAMU 88.5.  The forum addresses issues of interest to young people in media and society.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.