Linda Holtzman | Webster University

Linda Holtzman

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Professor Emeritus; Media Research


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)


MA, Webster University; BA, Washington University

Teaching Philosophy

Coming of age as an activist in the sixties was my primer for teaching. After graduating, I taught in the central city of St. Louis and worked with the local and national social justice organizations. These experiences were the foundation of a strong belief that higher access to information, knowledge and resources provides an array of options in life and that these increased options are the seeds of equity, hope and freedom for a diverse population. I believe this is the purpose of education. After 35 years of teaching and learning at many different levels, I am still a strong believer that education, at its best, leads to a wider range of opportunities to transgress the narrow boundaries that can limit us.


Linda Holtzman taught graduate and undergraduate media theory and research courses, as well as courses that addressed the relationship between media and cultural diversity. She authored the book, Media Messages, which examines how popular media, personal experience and education shape how we see race, gender, class and sexual orientation.

During her tenure at Webster University, Holtzman was dedicated to addressing issues of diversity and equity through her teaching and her community work. She facilitated the annual "Dismantling Racism Institute for Educators," which worked with school district superintendents and other school administrators. She also served as a consultant to many school districts in Illinois and Missouri who were interested in educational equity.

Holtzman was a regular commentator on KSDK-TV during a segment called "Media Messages," in which she reviewed film and television programs and examined messages of diversity in the media.

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