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Go Mad for 'Mad Men' with Lecture and Mini-Course at CCC


Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is offering a free lecture and a tuition-free mini-course focusing on the popular American Movie Classics series “Mad Men” during March and April.


Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. Situations and characters in “Mad Men” will provide rich material for the lecture’s and the course’s discussions of sex, race and other issues in American society – both then and now.


The lecture “Sex, Drugs and a Little Rock’n’Roll: The Role of Sex on ‘Mad Men’” will be delivered at 7 p.m. March 9 in Civic Hall, which is located in the Connector Building on the Blackwood Campus in Gloucester Township. This talk is part of the Center’s spring lectures series “Sex and Society in America.” Speaker Rod Carveth, a faculty member in the Communications Media Department at Fitchburg State University, will use the backdrop of “Mad Men” to examine American sexual relations. Carveth will argue that while show creator Matt Weiner has proposed that by realistically depicting women’s oppression at home and in the workplace his show ascribes to the feminist agenda, sex on Mad Men actually is just plain old misogyny – stylish, but still oppressive.


Beginning March 21, the Center will offer the five-week mini-course “The Early 1960s through the Eyes of ‘Mad Men’” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays in Room 210 of Madison Hall, which also is located on the Blackwood Campus. Professor John L. Pesda, a longtime faculty member in Camden County College’s History/Political Science Department and director of the Center, will examine the series as it captures the 1960s in dress, behaviors and attitudes.


Pesda feels that “Mad Men” “accurately reflects many of the offensive and unhealthy behaviors of the time and provides an interesting platform to discuss the time period.” The weekly topics for the mini-course will be “The Women and Men of ‘Mad Men’” (March 21); “Attitude and Behavior Toward Women” (March 28); “Minorities in ‘Mad Men’” (April 4); “Living the Life of ‘Mad Men’ and Women” (April 11); and “‘Mad Men and History” (April 25).


Because Camden County College is an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider, state-certified teachers may earn approved professional development credit for attending these sessions.


To register or for additional information, visit; call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333; or e-mail

Published: February 23, 2011