This microseminar takes place in conjunction with the October 25-26 symposium The Shifting Landscape of Public Communication, organized by Powers and Russell. The symposium explores the “big questions” for scholars concerned with a contemporary media landscape marked by surveillance, propaganda, and receding faith in the power of social institutions. Course readings will explore these issues, and discussions will consider how to link "big questions" with empirical research agendas. Seminar participants are expected to read and discuss core debates and to participate in at least part of the two-day symposium, which brings to campus leading scholars of media and public life.
Meeting Times and Location
Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, and November 6 | 2-4 pm
Matt Powers is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Washington. He is the author of the 2018 book NGOs as Newsmakers, a landmark study on the role of NGOs in the shaping of international news. His research interests include journalism studies, political communication and comparative media, and his writings have been published in Journal of Communication, Media, Culture & Society, and International Journal of Press/Politics, among others. Powers received his PhD in Media, Culture & Communication from New York University in 2013. Before entering the academy, he worked as a journalist at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont.
Adrienne Russell is Mary Laird Wood Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Washington. She the author of Networked: A contemporary History of News in Transition (2011) and Journalism as Activism: Recoding Media Power (2016) and co-editor of Journalism and the NSA Revelations (2017) and International Blogging: Identity, Politics. She studies the intersection of emerging technologies and pressing social problems, with an eye towards how changes in the media landscape might be leveraged to bolster public life. She earned her PhD in Communication at Indiana University Bloomington in 2001.