Larry Gross - GLBT experience in the US: From criminal to consumer in 60 years - 24/02/2015

About the lecture

In the middle of the 20th century homosexual acts were illegal in the United States, as in most of the world, and homosexuals were defined as criminal, immoral, and mentally ill. By the beginning of the 21st century homosexuals were considered a minority whose civil and human rights were increasingly recognized, and whose participation in most aspects of society was taken for granted. How did this change occur in an unusually short period of time, and what role did media images and representations play in reinforcing the earlier oppressive conditions experienced by GLBT folk and in bringing about the changes we have seen in recent years?

About the speaker

Larry Gross is a full professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He spent 35 years teaching communication at the University of Pennsylvania before joining USC Annenberg in 2003 as director of the School of Communication.

Gross, who holds degrees from Brandeis University and Columbia University, became a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. A specialist in the areas of media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. He mentored a record number of students through their theses and dissertations at the University of Pennsylvania, chaired the University's Faculty Senate and headed numerous university committees and other organizations.

From 1971 to 1991, Gross co-directed the Cultural Indicators Project with George Gerbner, which focused on television content and its influence on viewer attitudes and behavior, introducing the theory of cultivation. Gross has written and edited books covering a wide variety of issues in visual and cultural communication.

Gross is editor of the International Journal of Communication, and he is the author of "Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing" (University of Minnesota Press) and "Up From Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America" (Columbia University Press). Gross was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 1998 and received the International Communication Association's Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award in 2001. He is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and was president of the ICA in 2011-2012.


Tuesday the 24th of February
11:00 - 13:00 'o clock
Aula M002, de Meerminne, St-Jacobstraat 2 2000 Antwerp