Global Media-Diasporic Culture Series Opens Feb. 1

Chicano Studies professor Richard Martinez gives a presentation titled “Newspaper Coverage of the Immigrant Rights Movement 2006� Friday, Feb. 1 at noon, opening an exciting schedule of talks in the Global Media – Diasporic Cultures Series this spring.

The presentation is noon to 1:10 p.m. in Murphy Hall, Room 228. Professor Martinez will review the current American demographic transition, then trace the build up to the 2006 immigrant rights movement. He will discuss newspaper coverage of the movement, drawing from more than 12,000 stories published in 2006. An open discussion with the audience will conclude the event.

Professor Martinez’s talk kicks off the speaker series “Global Media - Diasporic Cultures,� which is co-sponsored by the Immigration History Research Center, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and other University partners. Courting multicultural, often nomadic, audiences, 21st-century media makers seek to acquire, shape, and re-shape cultural materials in order to transmit products that draw upon and market to different racial, cultural, and national identities. The speakers in this series have produced cutting-edge research that sheds light on genres, styles, and stars of this multinational media era, as well as the cultural, social, political, and economic phenomena that drive trends in this media landscape.

Members of the university community, as well as communities within the Twin Cities, who attend these talks will be able to engage with the speakers about specific cases of media products and persona that reflect upon global media cultures, and discuss the often problematic deployment of race, ethnicity, gender, and national identities represented in many media trends. For more information, visit the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.