Annenberg Prof Gives Talk on ‘Makeover’ Television

Dr. Katherine Sender, the associate dean of graduate studies and an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania will speak about her new book, Makeover Television and its Audiences (forthcoming from New York University Press).

Katherine Sender

Dr. Katherine Sender, associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

The book focuses on audiences of U.S. makeover television and how people understand and use makeover instruction. The lecture will take place on Monday, October 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Olin Hall.

Sender is co-editor (with Marwan Kraidy) of a new anthology about reality television: The Politics of Reality Television: Global Perspectives (in press with Routledge). She is a documentary producer, director, and editor. Her two videos about the history and politics of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender images on U.S. television, Off the Straight and Narrow (1998) and Further off the Straight and Narrow (2006) have been shown in film festivals throughout the world.

She is also the producer and editor of Cradle (2000), and experimental dance video, and co-producer, director, and editor of The Brian Dennis Project about a Philadelphian installation artist (2009). She is in pre-production for a new documentary looking at U.S. makeover television shows as a contemporary iteration of a long history of gendered, American self-invention.