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Caryn Murphy: The Opinions of TV Experts: Reproductive Rights Debates on 1960s Prime-Time Dramas
February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Our Media Studies Research Collaboratory will be hosting Caryn Murphy (UW-Oshkosh, Radio, TV, Film + interim director, Women’s and Gender Studies) for a special talk on “The Opinions of TV Experts: Reproductive Rights Debates on 1960s Prime-Time Dramas.”
In the decade before the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, prime-time dramas explored unwanted pregnancy as a social issue. In this talk, Caryn Murphy examines the records of TV writers and producers who wrestled with questions about reproductive rights in episodes by depicting women’s reproductive health as the province of men who were experts in their fields.
About the Speaker:
Caryn Murphy is currently serving as the interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She teaches courses in film and television history and criticism, including History of Cinema, Radio and TV and Race, Class Gender in American Media. She serves on the editorial board of Red Feather, an International Journal of Children in Popular Culture. Her research focuses on constructions of identity in the media, and her recent projects examine gender and race in 1960s television. Her work has been published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Journal of Screenwriting, and Media History. Her work on television also appears in edited collections including From Networks to Netflix, Children, Youth, and American Television, and Saturday Night Live and American Television. She is the 2014 faculty recipient of the Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.