Southeast Student Presenting ‘The Power of Objectifying Media’


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 26, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Katie Smith of Catlin, Ill.,  will present “The Power of Objectifying Media” as part of the 13th annual COMMrades’ Spring 2015 Speakers Showcase at noon on Jan. 28 in the University Center Ballroom.

The 30-minute event is designed to show what comprises a good speech, focusing on content, structure, delivery and visual communication. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith, a sophomore majoring in environmental science, will examine how images of women in the media influence the treatment of women and what can be done about it.

“The speech is nicely structured and developed,” said Dr. Glen Williams, chair of the Department of Communication Studies. “Ms. Smith examines how images of women in our media often objectify them, prompting unhealthy attitudes and behaviors toward women. She cites researchers’ findings that link mistreatment/violence to the images and their explanations as to why. She notes how media literacy can be a corrective.

“Ms. Smith utilizes a nice blend of sources, enlisting historical evidence as well as contemporary facts, statistics, and testimony. Her PowerPoint illustrations are educational and refreshingly provocative,” Williams said.

Smith originally completed the speech for SC105 “Fundamentals of Oral Communication” in fall 2014. She was selected from students taking the course last fall to deliver her speech during the spring showcase to demonstrate effective speechmaking for students currently enrolled in SC105 and just beginning the course.

The Speakers Showcase, held every semester since spring 2002, is now in its 13th year. The speech, and the discussion that follows, provides a good model for newly enrolled students

There will be prizes from Buffalo Wild Wings, Cape West 14 Cine and Horizon Screen Printing and Promotional Products and BG’s Olde Tyme Deli.