Spring 2009, Vol. 17, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Lecture Series Explores Election

The ?Warren Center, in conjunction with the Communication Studies Department, has organized a lecture series designed to provide depth and context to discussions of the historic 2008 presidential campaign.

The series is entitled “Realities and Representations: The 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign” and it explores the dynamics of race and gender, as well as the effects of media and technology on recent events.

At noon on January 28, 2009, Dhavan Shah, the Louis A. and Mary E. Maier-Bascom Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss “Network Nation: How Campaign Ads and the Internet Shape Participation.” The campaigns’ use of technology such as text messaging and social networking has been credited with drawing younger voters into the process. Shah will explore how the medium expanded upon the candidates’ messages.

John M. Murphy, Associate Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois, will participate in the series on February 16, 2009 (details will be posted on the Warren Center website).

Susan J. Carroll, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and an authority on women in politics, delivered the first lecture on September 22, 2008. Entitled “Gender and Hillary Clinton’s Campaign: The Good, the Bad, and the Misogynic,” Carroll discussed gender issues and politics.

Peter Applebome, writer and editor for The New York Times, discussed the pros and cons of the campaign coverage on newspapers, television, and blogs in his lecture “All the News That’s Fit to Blog: Old Media, New Media, and the Brave New World of Election 2008” on October 13, 2008.

The Warren Center website links to videocasts of the talks after each event: www.vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center/podcasts.htm.

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