Marjorie Rosen, a journalist, critic, and screenwriter, is the author of four books, including “Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, & the American Dream,” which was the first to explore the relationship between women onscreen and off. Her newest, “Boom Town: How Wal*Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community,” is a journalistic study of multiculturalism in small-town America as seen through the prism of Bentonville, Arkansas, the hometown of Wal-Mart.

Marjorie was a writer on the Style desk at the New York Times Magazine from 1998 to 2001 and a Senior Writer for People Magazine from 1990 to 1996. Prior to that, she freelanced for publications as varied as Ms., The New York Times “Arts & Leisure,” The Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Penthouse, Saturday Review, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and Film Comment.

As a screenwriter, Marjorie won a Writers Guild of America East Foundation Award for her screenplay, “The Sorrow of Leo Frank.” She wrote After-School and Schoolbreak Specials for children, including “First the Egg,” “The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations,” and “Read Between the Lines,” which won a Best Actor Daytime Emmy for Philip Bosco. She has been a three-time MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Marsh Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Marjorie lives in New York City where she is a tenured professor of journalism and film at Lehman College-CUNY.  The recipient of two PSC-CUNY Research Awards and a George N. Schuster Fellowship Award, she was a 2009 Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.


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