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Contributed by Maura Stephens on 09/30/2013
The Park Center for Independent Media is excited to announce that on Thursday, Oct. 3, we will be joined by Robert W. McChesney, prolific author, media policy expert, and the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.
McChesney will give a public address, "Corporate Dominance of Internet, Politics and Media," beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Park Auditorium. He'll share what he learned while researching his 23rd and 24th books, both published this year: Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Away from Democracy and (co-written with John Nichols) Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex Is Destroying America.
Both books will both be available for sale after the talk and Q&A, and McChesney will be signing copies. The event is free and open to all.
McChesney is a passionate speaker, and this will be a great chance to hear from a distinguished mass communications policy and history expert at a time of great upheaval in the media—and indeed in all spheres political, economic, and geopolitical.
We hope you'll join us, and spread the word. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please get in touch with Brandy Hawley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-274-3590 as much in advance of the event as possible.
More about Robert McChesney:
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign. In 2002 he cofounded FreePress, the national media reform organization, served as its president until 2008, and remains on its board of directors. His research and writing concentrate on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. He coedits, with John Nerone, the History of Communication series for the University of Illinois Press. He has served as a judge for the Izzy Awards, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media, each of the five years since its inception.
Besides his books, McChesney has authored more than 100 journal articles, 135 book chapters, and another 300+ print articles. He has given hundreds of speeches and presentations, and scores of interviews in every medium. (His CV is 120 pages long.) He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Washington.
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