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The Naked Truth: Jean Kilbourne on Advertising’s Image of Women 

Jean Kilbourne

Thursday, September 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)

Feminist activist and advertising critic Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering work has helped develop and popularize the study of gender representations in advertising. Her presentation will show if and how the image of women has changed over the past 20 years and powerfully illustrates how these images affect us all. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel.

This event is part of the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History’s 25th anniversary lecture series focusing on women in advertising, and is co-sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. Jean Kilbourne’s papers are held by these two centers, which are part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 

The Return of Mad Men Mondays!

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As the final epiosdes of Mad Men air so do our Mad Men Monday blog posts.  Read episode recaps and view a selection of vintage advertisements inspired by brands, products, and events referenced in each epiosode.  The blog is publihsed every monday on the Rubenstein Library Devil's Tale.  

Owl and Lamp Logo J. Walter Thompson Co. Timeline

 To help celbrate 150 years of JWT accomplishments in and contributions to the advertising  industry the Hartman Center has created an interactive online timeline tracing the agency's  history.  

 The timeline marks key events in the company's history: long-standing client relationships;  key personnel; national and international office openings; technical and media innovations;  and more. 

 The timeline has been broken up into two parts. Part I traces the agency's history from it's  founding in 1864 as Carlton & Smith through 1930.  And Part II brings us up to the 2000s  and agency accomplishments under former CEO Bob Jeffrey.

 Enjoy exploring the history of one of the industry's largest and most enduring advertising agencies through photos, documents, print ads, and ephemera.



Trish Wheaton Trish Wheaton Talk

 From Niche to Mainstream: Planet Brands and the Rise of the Socially Conscious Consumer

 March 4th, 2014

 A special talk with Trish Wheaton, CMO of Wunderman and Managing  Partner of Y&R  Advertising, two global marketing giants. Wheaton leads a  cross disciplinary  sustainability consulting practice that works with major  brands to tell their sustainability story credibly and compellingly. In this  talk, Wheaton will share how many of the world's leading brands are becoming more sustainable in their operations, their manufacturing and in the products they make. These "Planet Brands" are leading the way to take sustainability from niche interest to a mainstream sentiment.Wheaton will also introduce a rapidly growing global market of socially conscious consumers, "The Aspirationals" who are demanding that companies be part of solving social and environmental problems. In an age of increasing transparency, Aspirationals want companies to talk about what they are doing: "If you do it, say it." Wheaton's talk will also include best case examples of companies who have told their sustainability story credibly and well.

Co-sponsored by the Nicholas School's Enviromental Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the Duke Marketing Club and the Markets & Management Studies program.

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