Colleges & Universities
Westfield State College
Thomas Gardner, Professor of Communication
"We could all name a pioneer or two – those who were the first to discover the flu vaccine, fly a plane, break the color barrier in baseball, or reach the South Pole. In academic and intellectual circles, there are pioneers as well, although the development of theories, perspectives, and entire disciplines is really more of a collaborative and dialogical process. While each academic discipline can name a number of 'founding' lights and pioneers, there are few individuals who can lay claim to playing a pioneering role in several different fields of study. Jean Kilbourne can...No one in the world has done more to improve the image of women in the media than Jean Kilbourne."
"In my experience at the university with visiting lecturers, your appearance hit the highest of notes. Seldom are such lectures discussed for weeks after the event, but students and faculty members are still talking about the substance and style of Under the Influence. Obviously it is the kind of program — and you are the kind of person — university and college audiences respect, since it is serious, significant material presented in a most attractive manner."
"Jean was a joy to work with and fulfilled our expectations by providing a presentation that was filled with energy, enthusiasm, and valuable information/insight. She truly creates a first-rate educational experience."
"You never fail to be personally engaging and professionally outstanding in what you do. Because you keep current, even repeat performances are worth seeing. It was a particular pleasure for me to anticipate this program because I knew that I could expect the quality we received. An alcohol-education-oriented program during the first few days of students’ presence on campus absolutely HAS to be a good one, or we run the risk of losing them for all our other efforts. I think the applause you received was eloquent tribute to your success."
"Your program was a highlight of our orientation program. A particular strength of yours is the ability to impart all that information without preaching or moralizing. You maintain a good degree of objectivity and humor, while clearly caring a great deal about the material. Quite a job!"
"Dr. Kilbourne was an outstanding speaker, blending the facts of alcohol and advertising and her sense of humor. Her presentation was interesting and precise and offered a wealth of information for all those present. There was a great deal of discussion after her presentation."
Case Western Reserve University
"The ideas that you brought to our campus caused many students to stop and think about the advertising that continually shapes their attitudes and selfimages. Your ability to convey information and to identify subtle trends in advertising while keeping the overall atmosphere light and entertaining is impressive."
Claremont McKenna College
"Dr. Kilbourne was outstanding in all three of her presentations. She is articulate, engaging, and full of remarkable insights. She leaves a lasting impact on our campus."
College of Notre Dame
"What a wonderful presentation! Your appearance was a perfect thoughtprovoking, action-inspiring end to our Women & Media weekend. Its success can be gauged by the fact that at the end of the talk, the audience headed to the front of the auditorium, not to the exits."
College of the Holy Cross
"You have an uncanny ability to combine your extensive knowledge of addictions and the media, your powerful insights and your thoroughly enjoyable sense of humor to provide your audience with a presentation which is both informative and challenging. It would be truly difficult to overstate how impressive your presentation was — and that comment comes from many. I am sure we will be inviting you back again and again. You are quite simply the best at what you do."
Mt. Vernon, IA
"Dr. Kilbourne spoke with intelligence, passion and wit about topics of vital importance in today’s society. Both audiences were delighted and moved."
Eastern New Mexico University
"Jean Kilbourne tells it like it is. With wit she alerts us to the clever and absurd trip being done on society by the tobacco industry. A wonderful, consciousness-raising presentation."
Boiling Springs, NC
"I am aware of at least two students who went to the University Counseling Center after your presentation to seek help in regards to personal eating disorder issues."
"Both your gracious manner and your dedication to improving the lot of women and young people are inspiring. You have enriched our experience as scholars and teachers in immeasurable ways."
"Your lecture on women and cigarette advertising was insightful as well as inciting. Despite the intensely educational element, your lecture was extremely entertaining, holding the attention of all."
Kansas State University
"Jean Kilbourne’s program drew the largest crowd we’ve had all year. Her presentation is timely, professional and totally fascinating. Jean is extremely cooperative and easy to work with as well as being such a warm and friendly person."
"It is rare that a lecture is simultaneously so substantive, entertaining, and professional, and both of yours were exceptionally so. Both have stimulated a great deal of discussion in the past few days."
"What a complete pleasure to have Jean Kilbourne! Her lecture last evening drew one of the largest crowds (over 800) we have ever had for a lecture in our Distinguished Lecture Series. She captivated the audience in her opening remarks and from that time on she had their undivided attention. Her remarks were very funny and at the same time clearly to the point. It is easy to understand why Jean won NACA’s Lecturer of the Year award. She is a delightful sensitive person who put even the shy students at ease during the dinner! Today the campus is buzzing about the lecture last evening. She made a strong impact on all of us and we will be different people because of her."
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams, MA
"I admire you and the continuing effort you are making in carrying your message to others, especially college students. Those of us who educate and counsel students see many times over every day just how subtle, pervasive and ultimately destructive the effects of alcohol (and the pressure by which it is forced upon young people) can be. As I listened to you, I found myself wishing that somehow there could be hundreds of Jean Kilbourne clones, simultaneously giving the same presentation on college campuses around the country, day after day."
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Jean Kilbourne’s slide presentation was without doubt one of our most outstanding programs. The choice of slides, the depth of her insight into their meaning and above all her delightful sense of humor combined to make a presentation both thought-provoking and dramatic. Her extraordinary rapport with the students, both men and women, sparked a dialogue lasting well into the evening."
"Thank you so much for an incisive, inspiring initiation of our “Exploring Gender” symposium. You hit the mark perfectly. So many students and faculty commented positively last evening. Your mix of information, humor, and challenge will hopefully cause us to think and act with a heightened sensitivity to the impact of advertising on the images we have of women, especially, and the obstacle such portrayals create in the establishment of genuine, real human connection."
"I have only on rare occasion observed the positive audience reaction and warmth for a speaker as Jean Kilbourne received. She is informative and witty. The discussion which followed her program was the best that I have observed for quite some time."
"Again and again I’ve heard comments on how powerful your presentation was and the impact has been evident in terms of continued discussion among faculty, staff, and student members of our community. Members of our fraternities have even been requesting copies of your resource guide and have shown genuine enthusiasm regarding future programs on the topic of sexism!"
Missouri Southern State College
"Dr. Kilbourne’s lecture was wonderful, of course, and we were all delighted by the reaction on the part of the students and faculty. She addresses important issues in a manner that is non-threatening, non-guilt-producing, entertaining and positive. I can see how many different departments can apply the information from this lecture to their classes; we were delighted at the support we received from our departments of English, Social Studies, Nursing, Communications, and Education."
South Hadley, MA
"This was, by far, one of the best attended and received lectures I have ever been to at Mount Holyoke College. She was magnificent."
"You have transformed the way in which we view our world."
"Your two excellent presentations were far and away the best things that we had during the entire symposium. You really made an impression upon your hearers, not only for your content but because of your intense, sincere, and warmly human way of presenting your message. It will be some time, if ever, before we forget you."
"Many of us at Princeton had looked forward a long time to bringing you to campus. Your visit surpassed all our expectations. Your afternoon presentation of The Naked Truth elicited an enthusiastic response from an audience overflowing with students, faculty and townspeople. Your evening presentation of Under the Influence forced many students to address questions about advertising and alcohol they had never before confronted."
"We are still hearing reverberations from students and staff members who were inspired and challenged by your messages. ‘Awesome!’ is the word I’ve heard most often when I ask students what they thought. One male alumnus said…that this was the best program he had seen since attending Princeton…Thank you for sharing your knowledge, passion, and work."
"Thank you so much for a truly brilliant expose of a very major problem in our society. It was virtually an entire course in women’s studies condensed into one presentation. There is no question that the impact was very great."
"Your presentation ranks up there with the best we have had, and it’s a very distinguished list."
Salem State College
"Thank you so much for your incredible lecture!!!…There was a tremendous ‘buzz’ around campus in the days after your event with lots and lots of positive feedback from students, faculty and staff…The power of your presentation is matched only by your uncanny ability to charm and disarm potential doubters, as you educate and enlighten."
Suffolk County Community College
"Jean Kilbourne gives the consummate lecture; well prepared, cleverly delivered, always interesting and thoroughly researched. Don’t make the mistake of pigeon-holing her just for women’s week or women’s programming. The points made are universal and enlightening."
"As usual, Jean Kilbourne was excellent. Her professional approach and knowledge of her subject make her one of the best speakers on the college circuit. She is an absolute delight to work with."
"As usual, Jean Kilbourne’s presentation was a smashing success! She attracted a standing-room-only crowd in our largest auditorium and everyone came away fascinated, intrigued, informed and impressed."
University of California
"We can’t thank you enough for your wonderful presentation. The evaluations were all excellent. We were thrilled with the turnout and the mix of the audience."
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
"Your lecture was very well received. Comments from the participants include: ‘brilliant presentation, interesting topic,’ ‘professional and a pleasure to listen to,’ ‘excellent,’ and ‘an absolutely fascinating lecture."
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
"I am on the faculty at the University of Iowa and had the pleasure of hearing you speak on campus this past fall…I teach a large lecture course that examines the role of advertising in our consumer-oriented society. Because the topic of your presentation was so relevant, I encouraged my students to attend. Yesterday, as I was going through the course evaluations, I was shocked by the effect this experience had. Nearly half of my 80+ students mentioned your presentation in one form or another, and many spoke in terms of ‘the difference it made in my life."
University of Michigan
"Seven weeks have passed since your speech here and everyone is still talking about it. Very few speakers have made an impact as great as yours on our student body."
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
"Your presentation contributed a serious, informative, funny, sad, and thoughtprovoking facet, like no other in the month-long series of events. I especially liked your inclusion of what this type of advertising means for men. I found your style inclusive, not exclusive, a tough thing to do when presenting a so-called one-sided women’s issue."
University of Montana
"Jean’s presentation was energetic, intelligent, and persuasive. She has a wonderful way of helping us understand emotionally and intellectually difficult issues, while defusing the defensiveness and denial that discussion of such issues often evokes. We were thrilled with her visit."
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, IN
"I cannot even begin to describe what an impact you had on me, my committee, and the entire Notre Dame community. People have been talking about your lecture for weeks! I have had some wonderful experiences at Notre Dame, but meeting you is certainly at the top of the list."
University of Pennsylvania
"Your lecture was enlightening and provocative. People are still raving about it!"
University of Rhode Island
"As always your presentation was not only enjoyable but immensely educational. Your personal style was unmistakably clear, and refreshingly humorous. It is both a relief and an inspiration to know there are people out there like you."
University of the Pacific
"It was genuinely terrific to have you on campus again! I have heard many references to insights gained from your lectures. There is a ‘ripple effect’ that goes far beyond the confines of those who were in attendance."
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
"I can’t adequately express how important and inspiring your presentation last week was to all of us. The word ‘on the street’ today is that you were even better than they expected!"
University of West Florida
"We could not have been more pleased with the outcome of the program. In addition to generating the highest attendance of any of our lectures so far this year, the presentation generated significant interest from our faculty."
University of Western Ontario
"Jean’s lecture here was a complete success. The capacity crowd was very receptive and the feedback has been extremely positive."
University of Wisconsin
Eau Claire, WI
"Jean Kilbourne was FANTASTIC! Full house (capacity 640), riveting presentation, enthusiastic response from our students AND our faculty!!!"
Washington and Lee University
"Jean Kilbourne was fantastic. We were all apprehensive as to the response she would receive here from a predominantly male audience…Not only were we entranced, but a sobering and important comment on the stereotyping of women was taken in by a rapt audience."
"You are terrific! What a great presentation you did … You also hit the jackpot on the ratings. Yours were raves!"