Robert McChesney, host of "Media Matters" weekly radio program and co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization, will present "Media and Democracy and the Coming Upheaval" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Shriver Center Heritage Room.
His talk is part of Miami University’s annual Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights.
McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the department of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is author of 17 books, including the recent Freedom of the Press: America’s Gift to the World (2011) and the multiple award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times (1999).
His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. In 2001 Adbusters Magazine named him one of the "Nine Pioneers of Mental Environmentalism." Utne Reader in 2008 listed him as one of their "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing The World."
In his talk McChesney will discuss the collapse of American journalism in the context of a broader American crisis. He argues that the problem with journalism and the broader social problems must be solved in tandem or they will not be solved at all, with all that suggests for our future.
A symposium, also part of the Strippel Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights, will be held 9-11:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in 322 McGuffey Hall.
At the symposium, McChesney will discuss his remarks of his Feb. 16 lecture with Jared Ball, associate professor in the department of communication at Morgan State University and columnist for BlackAgendaReport.com.
Participants will then be invited to continue the discussion in small groups led by area media representatives, including Meagan Engle, editor of the Oxford Press; Gregory Flannery, editor of Article 25; Justin Jeffreys, blogger at Cincinnatibeacon.com; Sam Kay, editor of the Miami Student; Lorena Mora-Mowry, editor of Latina Mujer Today; and Carolyn Washburn, editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Both events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by, the Strippel Memorial Dialogue in Justice and Human Rights in partnership with the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) and support from many other campus organizations.
For more information contact the CAWC at 529-8309.