ICS lecture focuses on movie portrayals

Brian Johnson For immediate release: Feb. 15, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania instructor will focus on popular films and their depiction of sexual identity for an Institute for Culture and Society lecture Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Andruss Library, Schweiker Room. The program is open to the public free of charge.

Brian Johnson, instructor in the department of developmental instruction and director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence, will discuss "Exposing Hollywood's Heterosexual Preference." His presentation will explore how film can reinforce ideas of heterosexism and homophobia and influence the perceptions of young people.

He is the author of "Reel Diversity: A Teacher's Sourcebook," winner of the National Association for Multicultural Education's book award in 2009, and "We've Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training."

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.