November 16, 2009

Nationally Recognized Author Dr. Janell Carroll to Speak at Owens Community College, Nov. 19

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in gaining insight into how sexual attitudes, practices and behaviors vary by culture are invited to a free lecture featuring nationally known author and researcher Dr. Janell Carroll at Owens Community College on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Sponsored by the College’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department as part of their annual Lecture Series, Carroll’s lecture presentation will occur at 9:30 a.m. in College Hall Room 100 on the Toledo-area Campus. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Additionally, Carroll’s presentation will discuss the ethnocentric approach that many Americans hold when evaluating cross-cultural sexuality. She will also explore the role of culture in the expression of human sexuality, as well as provide guidance and understanding related to how society’s own attitudes and values about sexuality should not be the standard by which individuals judge those living in different parts of the world.

Carroll serves on the faculty of the Psychology Department at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has written syndicated sexuality columns and articles. Carroll also has hosted a top rated radio talk show on sexuality and is the author of the highly acclaimed college-level sexuality textbook titled “Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity” and a popular book for young women titled “The Day Aunt Flo Comes To Visit: An Honest Conversation About Getting Your Period”.

Carroll regularly lectures and presents her research at meetings and symposiums around the globe. Over the last few years, her cross-cultural sexuality research has taken her to places such as France, Egypt, Australia, Germany, Japan and Holland in an attempt to learn more about how culture affects sexual behavior, attitudes and practices. Carroll has appeared as an expert on a variety of television news and entertainment shows including NBC, CBS, Oxygen and Lifetime and has received mention in the “Los Angeles Times”, “New York Times”, “Prevention”, “Women’s Health” and “Glamour”, among other publications.

For additional information about the event, call (567) 661-7180 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7180.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit