Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will present a symposium and week of programs entitled Facing Our Bodies that will run from Feb. 21-25. The series, created by Dennis Downey, Associate Professor of Sociology, is scheduled to bring awareness to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and will feature single speaker and panel programs dealing primarily with maintaining a healthy body image.  The symposium and programs are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Feb. 24  from 3-4:45 p.m., in the John Spoor Broome Library, an interdisciplinary panel discussion will be presented focusing on women’s bodies, women’s experiences related to their bodies, and the social dynamics that shape those experiences, “Women and the Body: An Interdisciplinary Symposium.” Downey and Irina Costache, Professor of Art at CI, are co-organizers of the symposium.

The symposium will be followed with a presentation from 5-6 p.m. by Justine J. Reel, a member of the Department of Health Education & Promotion at the University of Utah.  Reel will present: "An Organic Approach to Positive Body Image: Empowering the Soul and Rejecting an Eating Disordered Society."  Reel is the co-author of Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders, as well as numerous articles and chapters addressing issues related to distorted body image and eating disorders.

For a complete list of programs being offered visit:,evfilter=108980,ebdviewmode=grid

Limited parking is available on campus. A daily permit is $6. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at

For additional information contact Dennis Downey, Associate Professor of Sociology, at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-3315 or

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