April 2012 Archives

Marriage Amendment: The Meaning Behind the Messages

The inaugural event will focus on the debate over whether the state constitution should be amended to define marriage only as the union of a man and a woman. Richard Carlbom, executive director of Minnesotans United for All Families (the anti-amendment coalition), will be interviewed by MinnPost journalist Beth Hawkins and University of Minnesota Communications Studies Professor Ed Schiappa. The discussion will focus on messaging being used in Minnesota and elsewhere by groups fighting for and against the amendment. Video clips will be shown and analyzed.

The New Public Square

Many people use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to keep in touch with friends and family and stay current on pop culture. But social media has also changed the face of reporting and journalism by giving the average citizen a voice. And politicians and the government are taking notice.

On April 5, join Heather LaMarre, associate professor and social media expert from the U of M School of Journalism and Mass Communications, as she discusses how this "new public square" is having an impact on the American presidential campaign...and even in global geopolitics. How does social media affect the relationship between the public, the policy makers, and the media? And what will it all do for civic discourse and public engagement in the election season--and beyond?


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