Dr. Jean Kilbourne
On Tuesday, February 3, 2004, Operation Aware was pleased to welcome Dr. Jean Kilbourne to Tulsa to speak on "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction." The program was held at the TCC VanTrease PACE Theatre.
Parents, schools, churches, physicians, and other agencies that have a primary focus on the children of our community were invited for this informative and eye-opening program sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma and ONEOK, Inc.
This program kicked-off the 25th Anniversary of Operation Aware of Oklahoma, a non-profit prevention education program. Operation Aware annually teaches more than 26,000 children in 159 schools in Northeast Oklahoma, with a focus on learning life skills to make positive decisions.
Dr. Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her research and presentations on alcohol and tobacco advertising as well as many other related topics. Her presentation showed the effect of advertising and marketing on young people, especially in the areas of developing self-image and the mindset that often leads to unhealthy choices.
Dr. Kilbourne is a frequent guest on radio and television programs including Oprah, The Today Show and 20/20 . She has been interviewed by many magazines and newspapers including Time, Business Week, and The New York Times . She has testified for the U.S. Congress, advised two U.S. Surgeons General, and served on the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Says Dr. Kilbourne, "Children today are growing up in a toxic cultural environment. We know it's bad for kids to breathe second-hand smoke, but it's also harmful for kids to be exposed to negative images, especially violent images."
After Dr. Kilbourne's presentation, there was a book signing of her latest book, Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and copies were for sale provided by Steve's Sundry Books and Magazines.
Dr. Kilbourne's website is http://www.jeankilbourne.com/ .