Science Pub: Scripting Adolescent Romance: Adolescents and Young Adults Talk about Romantic Relationships and Media’s Sexual Scripts.
Mar 5th, 2019 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Paradise Creek Brewery’s Downtown Restaurant – 245 SE Paradise St
Free Admission – $5.00 suggested donation (all donations support the Palouse Discovery Science Center)

Sip your favorite brew, while you learn a thing or two! Science Pub is an opportunity to enjoy learning about science in an informal atmosphere; no scientific background necessary! Just bring your curiosity and a thirst to learn.

Topics and presenters are arranged by the Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC) and WSU’s Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassador (EFA) Program. All Donations support PDSC. Click here for more information.

This month’s speakers:

Adolescents and emerging adults today spend an estimated seven hours daily attending to media. The media teens attend to commonly present relationships between men and women as a “game” or “competition” in which women seduce through their physical appearance and the masculinity of men is defined through sexual conquest.  Drs. Rodgers and Hust will share findings from in-depth interviews with 16 high school and young college students, and focus groups with over 100 individuals in this age group. Findings provide a rarely seen view inside participants’ private spaces—their bedrooms and their social media spaces – and how they understand and navigate virginity, romantic relationships, sexual situations, and interpersonal violence. The authors will share excerpts from their recently published book on this topic followed by discussion with audience members.We hope to see you there!

Stacey J.T. Hust (Ph.D., 2005, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an associate professor of communication and Director of the Strategic Communication Sequence in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She is nationally ranked by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship for her health communication research focused on media and children, gender, conflict (sexual assault reduction), and substance abuse prevention. Her research identifies effective health communication messaging that can be used to reduce sexual assault and promote healthy sexual relationships among young people. Hust’s research has been published in the Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Mass Communication & Society, and others.

Kathleen Rodgers (Ph.D. 1993, Child and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. Her research has examined violence and poverty as risk factors that contribute to sexual risk taking among adolescents, mother-daughter communication about sexuality, and the role of media in shaping adolescent and emerging adults’ attitudes about dating violence, sexual stereotypes, objectification of women, and acceptance of sexual harassment. Current research explores parent-adolescent communication about romantic relationships and dating violence to identify factors and strategies that best facilitate communication between parents and teens about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Rodgers’ research has been published in  journals such as the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Health Communication, and Psychology of Popular Media Culture.