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Ithaca College to Host Talk on Military Propaganda

ITHACA, NY — The Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College will host a talk on “Military Propaganda and Other PR Ploys” by John Stauber and Lisa Graves, two well-known observers of the spin industry. Their presentation on Tuesday, March 8, will be held at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Stauber is the founding executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, while Graves is its current executive director. Established in 1993, the center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media, policy and consumer watchdog group. Its projects include “PR Watch,” an online publication featuring original investigative reporting and analysis of the public relations industry and spin, and “SourceWatch,” a specialized, collaborative encyclopedia of people, groups and issues shaping the public agenda.

Stauber is an investigative writer, public speaker, organizer and consultant to nonprofit and public interest organizations, including the Food Rights Network. He has coauthored six books, including “Toxic Sludge Is Good for You,” “Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush’s War on Iraq” and, most recently, “The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies and the Mess in Iraq.”

Graves is a lawyer and civil liberties advocate who has served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government — as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Deputy Chief for the U.S. Courts. Before joining the Center for Media and Democracy in 2009, she worked on a range of high-tech and privacy issues at the Center for National Security Studies and at the American Civil Liberties Union.

The presentation is taking place during “Militarization Week,” a series of screenings and discussions sponsored by “Buzzsaw,” an independent magazine produced by Ithaca College students. For more information on the week, e-mail buzzsawmag@gmail.com.

Launched in 2008 and located within Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) is a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations. For more information on the presentation and the PCIM, contact Brandy Hawley at 607-274-3590 or bhawley@ithaca.edu.
 



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