UO Libraries' Women in Media Symposium

Tuesday, May 21, Knight Library Browsing Room

Hannah Hart
Hannah Hart
Peg Lynch exhibit poster
Samantha Irby
Samantha Irby

Free and open to the public! Join us for an all-day symposium dedicated to the history, achievements, and issues of women working in broadcast and digital media.

In conjunction with this symposium, visit the exhibit Comedy of the Commonplace: The Sitcom Genius of Peg Lynch in Knight Library through summer 2019.

Schedule of Events

10 a.m.                         Welcome and Introductions
Carol Stabile (UO Dept. of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.    Panel 1: Broadcast History
Amanda Cote (UO School of Journalism and Communication)
Lauren Bratslavsky (School of Communication, Illinois State University)
Carol Stabile (UO Dept. of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.        Panel 2: Women Working in Media
Dayna Chatman (UO School of Journalism and Communication)
Ralina Joseph (Department of Communication, University of Washington)
Hannah Hart (internet personality, comedian, author, and actress)
Ella Mielniczenko (Executive Producer, BuzzFeed)
Allison Frost (Executive Producer, Oregon Public Broadcasting)

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.        Media Screenings
Includes a full-length episode of Peg Lynch's historic Ethel and Albert sitcom

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.        Reception in Special Collections and University Archives (Knight Library, second floor north)
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.             Keynote Address
Samantha Irby (comedian, author, and blogger)


About Our Guests:

Samantha Irby is a popular comedian and author of the blog Bitches Gotta Eat. Her first book Meaty follows Irby through failed relationships, taco feasts, struggles with Crohn's disease, poverty, blackness, and body image. In 2017, Samantha released her second book, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, which reached the top ten on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Samantha is now bringing her signature wit to television: she wrote the acclaimed "Pool" episode of the hit Hulu series Shrill, and Meaty is currently being adapted for series.

Hannah Hart is best known for starring in the weekly Youtube cooking series My Drunk Kitchen. She has also starred in the independent comedy films Camp TakotaDirty 30, and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and authored the books Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded and My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut, which spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Lauren Bratslavsky is an assistant professor with the School of Communication at Illinois State University. As a student at the University of Oregon, she wrote her doctoral dissertation on Peg Lynch. Her research interests include historical and contemporary television, media archives, and media ecology.

Allison Frost is is the senior producer and occasional host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud. She's worn a variety of hats at OPB, including announcer, web producer, host, managing editor, and senior producer. She earned her master's degree from the UO School of Journalism and Communication.

Ralina Joseph is an associate professor in the University of Washington's Department of Communication and adjunct associate professor in the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. The founding and acting director of UW's Center for Communication, Difference and Equity, Joseph is interested in the mediated communication of difference--how race, gender, sexuality, and media shape our world.

Ella Mielniczenko is the Director of Editorial Content at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. She helped launch BuzzFeed’s Snapchat Discover channel, BuzzFeed Violet, and Pero Like, as well has new format initiatives like 360 video, live video, and The BuzzFeed Creators Program. Ella was named to Forbes 30 under 30 in media in 2018. Currently, Ella oversees the BuzzFeed Video Department and works to develop new shows and properties.


The Women in Media Symposium is co-sponsored by: University of Oregon Libraries, School of Journalism and Communication, Oregon Humanities Center, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Professor Regina Psaki, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Robert D. Clark Honors College, Department of English, Department of Computer and Information Science, Folklore and Public Culture Program, University Housing, Department of Comparative Literature, Creative Writing Program, Women’s Center, Department of Sociology


This event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-3056, or email libadmin@uoregon.edu.