March is Women in Media Month

Each year, we program a number of events highlighting the challenges and successes of women in media. Women in Media Month is powered by the Jessica Savitch '68 Endowed Fund. 

Highlighting this initiative is the presentation of the Jessica Savitch Breakthrough award.  On March 25, it will be presented to Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first African-American Woman hired at the Washington Post and a lifelong advocate for education and diversity in journalism. 

During the week of March 16, we will host Emerging Diversity Artist Danielle Bowman,  a visual artist working with photography. Bowman received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Richard Benson Prize. Bowman has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, as well as PICTURE BERLIN, in Berlin, Germany. Exhibiting her photographs in the United States and internationally, Bowman lives and works in New York.  Bowman will speak in classes, hold a public lecture, and will be available to work 1:1 with students interested in photography and visual arts.

Online relationship expert Julie Spira and TV-Radio alumna Julie Spira will be in residence March 24-26.  Julie Spira is widely considered as one of the leading popular experts in online dating / relationships.  As a radio executive who pioneered the use of the internet, Spira  became interested in researching how people were using the technology to develop relationships, and began studying dating apps such as from their inception.  She's appeared in over 1,500 news stories including ABC, BBC, Boston Globe, CBS, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Crain's New York Business, E! Entertainment, ELLE magazine, FOX News, Galtime, Glamour, Good Morning America, Hallmark Channel, HLN-TV, Los Angeles Times, Mashable, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, The New York Times, NBC, New York Post, NPR, PC World, Psychology Today, Today Show, USA Today, USA Weekend, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, WIRED, and Woman's Day.  Spira first termed the phrase Social Media Anxiety Disorder in 2012, where she provided five signs of SMAD in an article on Huffington Post, “Do You Suffer from Social Media Anxiety Disorder."  She has herself used social media to develop her own brand and to market her books. 


Women in Media Panel - March 25

The Savitch award presentation will be embedded in our Annual Women in Media panel that features women across the media industry spectrum who have made significant impacts on how women are represented, both in front of and behind the camera.  In addition to Dorothy Butler Gilliam, our panel will consist of:

  • Julie Spira, author, entrepreneur, and widely acknowledged expert in online relationships who just released her new book,  Love in the Age of Trump
  • Ash Arder, Artist-in-Residence at the University of Rochester whose transdisciplinary and research-based works seek to expose, deconstruct or reconfigure physical and conceptual systems - especially those relating to ecology

The panel will be moderated by Park School instructor and interim Professional Development Coordinator Ann Marie Adams M.S. ’98